TUMMY TUCK (ABDOMINOPLASTY)

OVERVIEW:

A tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the abdomen. During a tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty – excess skin and fat is removed from the abdomen. Connective tissue in the abdomen (fascia) is usually tightened with sutures as well. The remaining skin is then repositioned to create a more toned look. A tummy tuck can be done to remove excess fat or skin around the area of the belly button or a weak lower abdominal wall. A patient may choose to have a tummy tuck to boost their body image

CONSULTATION

Initially, you will consult a plastic surgeon about a tummy tuck.
During your first visit, your plastic surgeon will likely:

  • REVIEW YOUR MEDICAL HISTORY

Be prepared to answer questions about current and past medical conditions. Talk about any medications you are taking or have taken recently, as well as any surgeries you have had. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any medications. If your desire for a tummy tuck is related to weight loss, your doctor will likely ask detailed questions about your weight gain and loss.

  • DO A PHYSICAL EXAM

To determine your treatment options, the doctor will
examine your abdomen. The doctor might also take
pictures of your abdomen for your medical record.

  • DISCUSS YOUR EXPECTATIONS

Explain why you want a tummy tuck and what you are hoping for in terms of appearance after the procedure. Make sure you understand the benefits and risks, including scarring. Keep in mind that previous abdominal surgery might limit your results.

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Before a tummy tuck you might also need to:

STOP SMOKING
Smoking decreases blood flow in the skin and can slow the healing process. In addition smoking increases the risk of tissue damage. If you smoke your doctor will recommend that you stop smoking before surgery and during recovery.

AVOID CERTAIN MEDICATIONS
You will likely need to avoid taking aspirin, antiinflammatory drugs and herbal supplements, which can increase bleeding.

MAINTAIN A STABLE WEIGHT
Ideally, you will need to maintain a stable weight for at least 12 months before having a tummy tuck. If you are severely overweight, your doctor will recommend that you lose weight before the procedure. Significant weight loss after the procedure can diminish your results.

TAKE MEDICATION TO PREVENT COMPLICATIONS
Shortly before your tummy tuck, you will need to begin taking an anticoagulant to prevent blood clotting.

ARRANGE FOR HELP DURING RECOVERY
Arrange for someone to drive you home after you leave the hospital and stay with you for at least the first night of your recovery at home.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

A tummy tuck is done in a hospital or an outpatient surgical facility. During a tummy tuck, you will be under general anaesthesia which makes you completely unconscious and unable to feel pain. In some cases you might be given painrelieving medication and be moderately sedated (partially asleep).

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AFTER THE PROCEDURE

After a tummy tuck, your abdominal incision and bellybutton will likely be covered with surgical dressing. Small tubes might be placed along the incision site to drain any excess blood or fluid. Members of your health care team will help you walk as early as the first day after a tummy tuck to help prevent the formation of blood clots You will likely feel moderate pain, which will be controlled by pain medication. It is normal to have swelling in the surgical area. Drains might be left in place for several days after surgery. Your surgeon or another member of your health care team will show you how to empty and care for your drains. You might need to continue taking an antibiotic as long as the drains are in place. Your surgeon might also prescribe a blood-thinning medication for a short time after your tummy tuck. You will wear a supportive abdominal garment (abdominal binder) for about six weeks after your tummy tuck. This helps prevent fluid build-up and provides abdominal support while you heal. Your doctor will explain how to care for your scar. For the first six weeks after a tummy tuck, you will need to be careful when moving around. You will also need to avoid positions that strain your incision line such as quickly bending at the waist to prevent the reopening of the wound. You will need to schedule regular follow

RESULTS

By removing excess skin and fat and strengthening your abdominal wall, a tummy tuck can give your abdomen a more toned and slimmer appearance. Tummy tuck results are usually long lasting if you maintain stable weight.

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