A Tummy Tuck is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. The procedure can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen.
The best candidates for a Tummy Tuck are men or women who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise. The surgery is particularly helpful to women who, through 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. Patients who intend to lose a lot of weight should postpone 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.
In your initial consultation, Mr Klein will evaluate your health, determine the extent of fat deposits in your abdominal region, and carefully assess your skin tone. Mr Klein will work with you to recommend the procedure that is right for you and will come closest to producing the desired body contour. Don’t hesitate to ask Mr Klein any questions you may have, especially those regarding your expectations and concerns about the results. Mr Klein will explain the procedure in detail, including the risks and limitations, the type of anesthesia that will be used, the type of facility where the surgery will be preformed and the costs involved. Be sure to tell Mr Klein if you smoke, and if you’re taking any medications, vitamins, or other drugs. Please be aware that in most cases, health insurance policies do not cover the cost of a Tummy Tuck.
Mr Klein performs Tummy Tucks in an outpatient surgical center or in hospital.
Mr Klein uses general anesthesia for a Tummy Tuck which means you will sleep through the entire operation.
Thousands of Tummy Tucks 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. During your consultation the procedure will be explained in detail, including the risks and limitations.
A complete Tummy Tuck usually takes two to three hours, depending on the extent of the operation. A partial Tummy Tuck may take an hour or two. Most commonly, Mr Klein will make a long incision from hipbone to hipbone, just above the pubic area. A second incision is made to free the tummy button from surrounding tissue. With a partial Tummy Tuck, the incision is shorter and the tummy button may not be moved, although it may be pulled into an unnatural shape as the skin is tightened and stitched. The skin is separated from the abdominal wall all the way up to your ribs and the skin flap is lifted 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 tummy button, 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. In a partial Tummy Tuck, the skin is separated only between the incision line and the navel. This skin flap is stretched down, the excess is removed, and the flap is stitched back into place.
|A. An incision just above the pubic area is used to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen.|
|B. Skin is separated from the abdominal wall all the way up to the ribs.|
|C. Mr Klein draws underlying muscle and tissue together and stitches them, thereby narrowing the waistline and strengthening the abdominal wall.|
|D. Abdominal skin is drawn down and excess is removed. With a complete Tummy Tuck, a new opening is cut for the navel. Both incisions are stitched closed.|
|E. After surgery, the patient has a flatter, trimmer abdomen. Scars are permanent, but will fade with time.|
For the first few days, your abdomen will probably be swollen and you’re likely to feel some pain and discomfort which can be controlled by medication. Depending on the extent of the surgery, you may be released within a few hours or you may have to remain hospitalised for two to three days. Mr Klein will give you instructions for showering and changing your dressings. And though you may not be able to stand straight at first, you should start walking as soon as possible.
Some people return to work after one week, while others take three or four weeks to rest and recuperate. Exercise will help you heal better. Even people who have never exercised before should begin an exercise program to reduce swelling, lower the chance of blood clots, and tone muscles. Vigorous exercise, however, should be avoided until you can do it comfortably. Your scars may actually appear to worsen during the first three to six months as they heal, but this is normal. Expect it to take nine months to a year before your scars flatten out and lighten in color. While they’ll never disappear completely, abdominal scars will not show under most clothing, even under bathing suits.
A Tummy Tuck, whether partial or complete, produces excellent results for patients with weakened abdominal muscles or excess skin. In most cases, the results are long lasting, if you follow a balanced diet and exercise regularly.