What Is A Tummy Tuck Or Abdominoplasty?
Tummy tuck surgery or abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure to remove excess fat and skin and, in most cases, also to restore weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.
A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes these methods cannot achieve our goals.
Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging. The most common causes of this include:
- Prior surgery
- Significant fluctuations in weight
What you should not expect from tummy tuck surgery?
A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program.
Although the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in your weight. For this reason, individuals who are planning substantial weight loss or women who may be considering future pregnancies would be advised to postpone a tummy tuck or expect a revision procedure.
A tummy tuck cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised.
Tummy tuck & Health insurance
Most health insurance does not cover tummy tuck surgery or its complications, but if you are having a hernia then that part of the procedure is covered under insurance.
When choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon for a tummy tuck, remember that the surgeon’s experience and your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the surgery.
Tummy tuck candidates
You may be a Good Tummy tuck candidate if:
- You are physically healthy and at a stable weight
- You have realistic expectations
- You are a non-smoker
- You are bothered by the appearance of your abdomen
Tummy tuck results
The final results of tummy tuck surgery may be initially obscured by swelling and your inability to stand fully upright until internal healing is complete. Within a week or two, you should be standing tall and confident in your new slimmer profile. Your tummy tuck will result in a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight. Previous abdominal surgery may limit the potential results of a tummy tuck.
Tummy tuck recovery
Hospitalization: 12 to 48 hours
Dressings: 3 to 7 days
Restriction activity involving abdomen – 6 to 12 weeks (e.g. leg raising exercise)
Pressure Garments: 3 weeks to 3 months
Tummy tuck procedure steps
A tummy tuck procedure is usually done by intravenous sedation and general anesthesia/Epidural-Spinal anesthesia. Your anesthetic doctor will recommend the best choice for you. Excessive fat of the upper part of the abdomen is removed with liposuction, weakened muscles & fascia are tightened enough and at the end extra, overhanging skin of the lower abdomen is excised to ensure a good contour of the abdomen.