Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to make the abdomen more firm. The surgery involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen in order to tighten the muscle and fascia of the abdominal wall. This type of surgery is usually sought by patients with loose tissues after pregnancy or individuals with sagging skin after major weight loss.
Preparation before surgery?
Tummy tuck is done under general anesthesia patient need to go through random blood work ups as per standard operating procedure in the clinics, patient need to get a medical clearance for general health and undergo medical history check up. Patient need to tell any allergies, accidents, trauma or any concerns regarding his health before the surgery started.
How long is the procedure?
The operation usually takes place for 2 to 3 hours depends on what size and how much of the abdomen is needed to be reduced.
On the first few days the patient will walk and sit like a hunched due to stitches and the risk of separating the incision, usually after 2 weeks after the stitches has been removed the patient generally can go back to work.
What to expect after surgery?
Expect to have drainage on the lower part of your abdomen for 3 days to a week, this is to drain all the fluids created on the incision site.
Swelling and Bruising is common after the surgery until 2 weeks.
Expect to have a vertical or horizontal incision scar created by tummy tuck.
Do's and Don’ts after surgery?
- Do stay at home as much as possible during healing period.
- Do stay away from dusty places or areas where you’re staying.
- Do keep your incision site clean.
- Do avoid as much as possible sudden strenuous movements like coughing, sneezing, laughing and bowel elimination during healing period.
- Don’t try to straighten your muscles on the abdominal few days after surgery.
- Don’t put anything on the surgical site except the one instructed by the health care provider.
- Don’t do strenuous activities for few weeks after surgery.