Firmer, Flatter Stomach
An Abdominoplasty, commonly referred as a Tummy Tuck, removes excess skin and tightens abdominal muscles leaving you a dramatically firmer and flatter tummy. After pregnancy or losing weight, the tummy can sag and it can prove extremely difficult to shift the excess skin through diet or exercise. This occurs when the abdominal skin and muscles have stretched beyond the point where they can return to their normal location and shape. The normal ageing process can also cause skin to sag or lose elasticity.
Many patients choose to combine a Tummy Tuck procedure with Liposculpture around their waist to create a new slimmer waistline. If you’re a mother you may also be interested in the ‘mummy makeover’ which combines the procedure with a breast augmentation or lift and Liposuction to restore the body.
The 111 Difference
A complete Abdominoplasty surgery usually takes two to five hours, depending on the extent of work required. Partial Abdominoplasty may take an hour or two.
Most commonly, your 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. With partial Abdominoplasty, the incision is much shorter and the navel may not be moved, although it may be pulled into an unnatural shape as the skin is tightened and stitched.
Next, your surgeon will separate the skin from the abdominal wall all the way up to your ribs and lift 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.
Then the skin flap is stretched down and any extra skin is removed. A new hole is cut for your navel, which is stitched in place. Finally, the incision is stitched, dressings applied and temporary tubes inserted to drain excess fluid from the surgical site.
In a partial Abdominoplasty, 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.
After surgery, you will likely experience some fluid drainage from the incisions. Small drainage tubes will be inserted beneath the skin to prevent fluid buildup. The tube will be removed when the fluid production decreases. In some case we insert a drip in your arm to keep you hydrated after surgery. It usually removed when your hydration levels are replenished. You are likely to feel tired and sore for a few days following your surgery, but you will be up and around in twenty four to forty eight hours.
Some patients return to work after two weeks, while others take three or four weeks to rest and recuperate. Recovery rates vary from person to person. The stitches and clips will be removed within the first 7-10 days after surgery, depending on your healing. At this time you may notice some bruising around your tummy area and the surrounded area which is to be expected and should subside within 1-2 weeks after surgery.*
*Please note that this is an indicated recovery time and healing time are unique to each individual. Results, scarring and recovery rates vary from patient to patient and are dependent on a number of factors including: expectations, genetics, lifestyle, extent of surgery, type of surgery, medical history etc.
We recommend exercise to reduce swelling, lower the chance of blood clots and tone muscles. It may take nine months to a year before your scars flatten out and lighten in colour.
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