Purpose: To remove excess fat and skin from the lower and middle abdomen and from around the waist area, and in most cases restore weakened and seperated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.
Duration of the procedure.: 2-3 hours
There are two types of tummy tuck: partial and full. The operation will usually take place under a general anaesthetic. The length of the operation will depend on the extent of the surgery, but it could take up to three hours. In a partial tummy tuck, the surgeon makes a large incision across the lower abdomen. He or she then separates the skin from the abdominal wall, removes excess fat and cuts away the excess skin. The remaining skin is then pulled down and stitched together at the line of the first incision. For a full tummy tuck, the surgeon makes and incision across the lower abdomen, just above the pubic area, from hip bone to hip bone. The surgeon makes a second incision to free the belly button from the tissue that surrounds it and separates the skin from the abdominal wall. He or she then pulls down the muscles and stitches them into their new position, removes fat deposits and cuts away the excess skin. A new hole is then cut for the belly button, and it is stitched back into place. Finally, the surgeon pulls the remaining skin down and stitches it together at the line of the first incision. After surgery you should expect to spend 1 to 2 days in the hospital.
Initially you will be on bed rest but as soon as you are able, you will be encouraged to get out of bed to walk. You will notice that at first it will be hard to stand up straight. Early walking helps the muscles heal and makes it less likely that any blood clots will form in your legs. Once you are stable you can be transferred to your accomodation. You should have someone to drive you and to stay with you for the first few days. Your drains may be removed before discharge or you may leave the clinic with them still in place. You will be limited to sponge baths until the drains and dressings are removed. After that you may take showers but no baths for 2 weeks. You may continue to have a significant amount of pain for 1 to 2 weeks and maybe prescribed medication by your surgeon. Skin sutures are removed at about 10 to 14 days if these were not absorbables. You can eat whatever you want but you may need to take laxatives for 1 to 2 weeks. The combination of the pain pills and sore abdominal muscles may cause you may have constipation. Continue your walking at home. Your surgeon may recommend some non-strenuous exercises. Although mild exercise is important for your recovery, you should avoid any vigorous activity for 6 weeks. Elastic stockings and/or an elastic binding worn around the abdomen may be recommended for a few weeks after surgery. Most patients can return to work within 2 weeks. If your job is physically demanding you should wait 4 to 6 weeks. Your scars may remain raised and/or discolored for up to 9 months.
Results: Your tummy tuck will result in a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight.
You will be given specific instructions that may include:
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