Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

What is Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck Surgery?

There are many people who are self-conscious about drooping and loose skin around the mid-section area or have weakened abdominal muscles because of weight loss or pregnancy. Such people can now opt for abdominoplasty surgery by simply getting in touch with us. We are COSMECTO associated with some of the renowned cosmetic surgeons who have experience and expertise in performing this surgery. If you want to undergo tummy tuck surgery, medically termed abdominoplasty, in Delhi then we can help you.

Tummy tuck is one of the most popular procedures among those who want to achieve a more youthful and a firmer figure. It is important, for people considering this surgery, to know that it is not a weight loss procedure. it can only refine the contours of a person’s body when exercise and site did not help much in getting rid of stubborn fat cells and tissues. There are many variations of this cosmetic procedure, each of which is designed to target some specific issues or certain body parts.

While performing this procedure, the cosmetic surgeon removes skin tightening the abdominal muscles and eliminating stubborn fat deposits. This particular surgical treatment can be customized according to the individual goals and needs of each patient. There are different variations of this surgery; each can be designed to target some specific body part. An experienced and skilled cosmetic surgeon can explain the procedure along with different options so that patients can arrive at a treatment plan that would help them achieve the natural results.

Who is the right candidate for Abdominoplasty?

Candidates of tummy tuck should:

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  • Carry excess fat and tissue despots in midsection
  • Be in general good health
  • Have positive expectation and attitudes towards the surgery. Make sure you discuss the same with the cosmetic surgeon.
  • Have droopy or loose skin around the abdominal area
  • Be committed to maintain the outcomes of the procedure with a regular exercise and stable diet

How is an abdominoplasty performed?

In this surgery, the cosmetic surgeon would remove loose abdominal skin from the tummy and tighten up your abdominal muscles with sutures.

  • The cosmetic surgeon would mark the abdomen indicating the location of the incisions, the center of the torso and site of the repositioned navel.
  • A solution of lidocaine and epinephrine, a vasoconstrictor that controls bleeding by constricting blood vessels, would be injected.
  • The main tummy tuck incision would be made above the pubic mound, from hipbone to the other. In a complete abdominoplasty procedure, another incision is made around navel. In a mini tummy tuck surgery, the cosmetic surgeon would make a relatively smaller incision.
  • Skin from abdominal wall to the ribcage would be loosening and then sutures would be placed in the fascia of abdominal muscles for pulling them into a much tighter position. This is the muscle repair part of the surgery.
  • Once the abdominal muscles have been sutured, the surgeon would remove excess fat deposits by liposuction or any other method. Then the abdominal skin is stretched down over the incision line and then the excess skin is removed.
  • Next, placement would be marked on the navel. Though the skin surrounding the navel has been moved, the navel stays in the same place. A hole is cut through the re-draped skin and sutures it around the navel area.
  • The surgeon uses staples, sutures, steri-strips or glue for closing the incisions.
  • In a full tummy tuck surgery, the cosmetic surgeon would often insert or more drains for preventing fluid buildup, which could cause pressure on the incision.

Recovery after Tummy Tuck Surgery:

Plastic surgeons have been performing tummy tuck surgery effectively and safely for many years. However, it is a major surgical procedure, and thus involves an extensive recovery and post-surgical care. By adhering to the instructions given by the surgeon, you can expect faster recovery.

Downtime

Following the tummy tuck procedure, patients have to take at least two weeks of complete rest. Make sure that this much time off from work is taken, though recovery time might extend to a few more weeks. Those who have young children should arrange for childcare during this time. Moderate walking can help in the process of healing, however strenuous physical activities should be avoided. Patients should maintain a healthy diet to counteract the effects of reduced physical activity level and to supply sufficient nutrients required for healing. Sleep with elevated heads for at least two weeks after the surgery.

Care after surgery

After the surgery is done, surgeons would place drainages tubes under the skin. Patients have to empty these tubes at least two to three times a day, monitor the discharge and inform the surgeon in case of significant amounts of blood or unpleasant odour. Also, bandages have to be changed several times a day. Patients might have also to wear a compression garments around their stomachs. They might also be advised to wear compression stockings for minimizing the risk of blood clots during the initial recovery days.

Some patients experience constipation after the tummy tucks procedure makes sure you drink lots of water to minimize this effect. Drink at least ten to sixteen glasses of water a day to aid the process of healing. The surgeon might recommend medication for constipation too.

Medications prescribed after the procedure varies on the basis of the preferences of the surgeon and the procedure done. These medicines can help in minimizing pain and discomfort. Antibiotics are also recommended for reducing the risk of infection. In addition, antibiotics ointments can help in minimizing irritation around the surgery area; however some plastic surgeons do not like their patients to touch the incision sites repeatedly. Do not use any product without checking with the surgeon.

Do not take shower for two to three days after the procedure or as instructed by the surgeon. You can take gentle sponge baths. Even when showering is allowed, be careful around the incision sites.

Side Effects of Tummy Tuck Surgery

The side effects of abdominoplasty are temporarily. While these unpleasant symptoms might trigger discomfort, they are not considered complications and risks. Some of these side effects are triggered by the own immune systems for augmenting the healing process. Pain and swelling are the most common side effects of this procedure. Although healing problems related to this procedure are not common, you should consult the doctor if you experience increase in severity of discomfort and pain, or any side effects that were not discussed before the surgery.

Here are some of the most common side effects of the tummy tuck procedure.

  • Pain
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Changes in skin sensation
  • Adverse reaction to anaesthesia
  • Damage to underlying structures
  • Scarring
  • Bleeding and infection

Tummy Tuck Risk & Complications

Informed patients are the best to undergo this procedure. They are usually happy with the results of the abdominoplasty procedure if they have done proper research and know what to expect. An important part of this research includes exploring the risks along with the advantages. Even though the complications and risks after and during the procedure are small, it is important to consider all possibilities that also include a not so favourable outcome.

The best way to reduce the chances of decreasing risks and complications is to have the procedure done by a qualified, board-certified and experienced plastic surgeon, and adhere to pre and post-surgery instructions. The plastic surgeon can foresee potential complications and take measures to less the chance of these occurring.

Is tummy tuck surgery safe?

When it comes to safety related to the procedure, it is important for patients to have realistic expectations and positive attitude. The surgery is done under general anaesthesia, and has complications just like any other surgical procedure. You can expect some risks and complications, as mentioned above, however they can be controlled and managed with medications.

Benefits of Tummy Tuck Surgery:

If conventional exercise and diet fails to flatten your protruding abdomen, consider surgical options such as abdominoplasty, also known as tummy tuck surgery. This procedure will not only flatten your waistline by removing excess deposits of fat and skin, it also improves stretch marks, to a great extent, if not completely. You will look and feel great after the procedure.

Some of the most common benefits of tummy tuck surgery are listed below:

  • Enhanced confidence
  • Improved appearance
  • Excess skin removal
  • Tighten abdominal muscles

Candidacy

For individuals who are self-conscious about the presence of drooping skin around the midsection or those who have weakened muscles because of weight loss or pregnancy, abdominoplasty might be the best way to achieve a firmer and toned youthful figure.

The candidates of tummy tuck should:

  • Commit to maintaining the results with regular exercise and stable diet
  • Have excess deposits of fat in the midsection
  • Be in general good health
  • Have droopy or loose skin around the abdomen

Candidates of abdominoplasty should not:

  • Feel pressurized undergoing the procedure by someone else
  • Smoke
  • Have serious medical condition that can be compromised by undergoing a surgical procedure
  • Be planning to get rid of significant amount of weight
  • Be planning to become pregnant

Ultimately, an ideal candidate for the tummy tuck surgery is an adult who is close to his ideal body weight, with an abdominal area that has not been improved with the exercise and diet.

Cost of Abdominoplasty

According to 2017 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of a tummy tuck is $5,500. As far as tummy tuck surgery prices is considered, it depends on several factors. Make sure that you discuss the cost of the procedure during initial consultation with the surgeon. The cosmetic surgeons associated with us perform abdominoplasty at affordable cost.

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