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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Surgery

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Surgery

"Tummy Tuck" - known as Abdominoplasty - is a weight loss surgical procedure to remove excess loose skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. Tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty) can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen, although the surgery may leave a long scar from hip to hip. A less complex version is Mini-Tummy Tuck Surgery - known as Partial Abdominoplasty.

Candidates for Tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Good candidates for tummy tuck are adults with a relatively good shape but who are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that won't respond to diet or exercise. Tummy tuck surgery is particularly beneficial for women who, after multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal. Loss of skin elasticity in older patients, which frequently occurs with slight obesity, can also be improved.

When Tummy Tuck Surgery is Inappropriate

Patients who intend to lose a lot of weight should postpone the surgery. Also, women who plan future pregnancies should wait, as vertical muscles in the abdomen that are tightened during surgery can separate again during pregnancy.

Health Risks of Tummy Tuck Surgery

Thousands of abdominoplasties are performed successfully each year. When done by a qualified plastic surgeon who is trained in body contouring, the results are generally quite positive. Nevertheless, there are always risks associated with surgery and specific complications associated with this procedure.

Possible Complications of Tummy Tuck Surgery

Post-operative complications of tummy tuck surgery such as infection and blood clots are rare, but can occur. Infection can be treated with drainage and antibiotics, but will prolong your hospital stay. The risk of blood clots can be minimized by moving around as soon after the surgery as possible.

Poor healing, which results in conspicuous scars, may necessitate a second operation. Smokers should be advised to stop, as smoking may increase the risk of complications and delay healing.

The risk of complications may be greatly reduced by closely following the surgeon's instructions before and after the tummy tuck surgery, especially with regard to when and how you should resume physical activity.

Tummy Tuck Surgery: Procedure

A tummy tuck sugery operation usually takes two to five hours, depending on the extent of work required. Typically, the surgeon will make a long incision from hipbone to hipbone, just above the pubic area. A second incision is made to free the navel from surrounding tissue. Next, the surgeon separates the skin from the abdominal wall all the way up to your ribs and lifts a large skin flap to reveal the vertical muscles in your abdomen. These muscles are tightened by pulling them close together and stitching them into their new position. This provides a firmer abdominal wall and narrows the waistline. The skin flap is then stretched down and the extra skin is removed. A new hole is cut for your navel, which is then stitched in place. Finally, the incisions will be stitched, dressings will be applied, and a temporary tube may be inserted to drain excess fluid from the surgical site.

More Information on Tummy Tuck Surgery

To find a plastic surgeon who performs this procedure, visit the online referral service of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). ASPS, founded in 1931, is the largest plastic surgery organization in the world and the foremost authority on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. All ASPS physician members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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