A ‘Tummy Tuck’ is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen, this often includes tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall. This procedure can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen.
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 are the usual candidates for a Tummy Tuck.
Tummy Tuck surgery can be particularly helpful to women who through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can naturally return to normal. Loss of skin elasticity in older patients, which frequently occurs with slight obesity, can also be greatly improved. Patients who intend to lose a lot of weight or plan future pregnancies should postpone surgery for best results.
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Having decided you would like to learn more about the benefits of Tummy Tuck surgery, you are welcome to make an appointment with Mr Howard Klein for an in-depth discussion and evaluation regarding the details of the procedure and your suitability for this type of surgery.
This initial consultation will include taking into consideration your health and well-being as well as deciding which surgical techniques are the most appropriate for you based on your current breast condition.
During this session the full procedure will be explained in detail, this will include potential risks, the limitations of this type of surgery, type of anesthesia, the facility where the surgery will be performed and the costs involved.
It is also important to disclose any previous medical conditions, complications and/or issues that you are aware of during this consultation and to let the doctor know if you smoke or are taking any medications, vitamins, or other drugs.
Don’t hesitate to ask Mr Klein any questions you may have, especially those regarding your expectations and concerns about the results.
*Please be aware that in most cases, health insurance policies do not cover the cost of a Tummy Tuck.
Your Tummy Tuck surgery will be performed in a hospital or an outpatient surgery clinic. This is usually for cost considerations and also convenience. If you are admitted to the hospital as an inpatient, you can expect to stay one or two days.
Tummy Tucks are usually performed under general anesthesia. This means you will sleep through the entire operation.
Tummy Tucks are considered a fairly simple operation with thousands performed safely each year and are normally considered safe when performed by a qualified plastic surgeon.
Nevertheless, as with any surgery, there is always a possibility of complications or adverse reactions to the anesthesia. During your consultation the procedure will be explained in detail, including the risks and limitations.
A complete Tummy Tuck usually typically takes around two to three hours, depending on the extent of the operation. A partial Tummy Tuck may take an hour or two.
For a full Tummy Tuck most commonly, a long incision is made from hip bone to hip bone, just above the pubic area, with a second incision to free the tummy button from surrounding tissue to enable the necessary repositioning.
During a standard Tummy Tuck operation 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 may be tightened by pulling them close together and stitching them into their new position providing a firmer abdominal wall and narrowing the waistline. The skin flap is then stretched down and the extra skin is removed and the tummy button repositioned.
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.
With a partial Tummy Tuck, the incision is shorter, 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.|
After Tummy Tuck surgery it is important to be realistic in your expectations, the incision and abdomen area is likely to be bruised, swollen and quite uncomfortable for a few days, but the pain shouldn’t be too severe. Any discomfort you do feel can be helped with prescribed medications. Stitches will need to be removed after a week or two.
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. It is important to follow any instructions given for showering and changing your dressings. And though you may not be able to stand straight at first, you should start moving about 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.
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 colour. While they’ll never disappear completely, abdominal scars will not show under most clothing.
A Tummy Tuck, whether partial or complete, can produce excellent results for patients with weakened abdominal muscles and/or excess skin. In most cases, the results are long lasting, if you follow a balanced diet and exercise regularly.