Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that aims to improve the appearance of the abdomen by removing excess skin and fat and tightening the underlying muscles. The procedure is commonly performed after significant weight loss or pregnancy, when the skin and muscles of the abdomen have stretched and lost their elasticity.
Abdominoplasty can be performed using several techniques, including traditional abdominoplasty, mini abdominoplasty, and extended abdominoplasty. The choice of technique depends on the patient’s individual needs and the extent of the excess skin and fat. The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia and may take several hours to complete.
During the surgery, the surgeon makes a horizontal incision in the lower abdomen, above the pubic area. The skin and fat of the abdomen are then lifted, and the underlying muscles are tightened. Excess skin and fat are removed, and the remaining skin is pulled down and sutured into place. The navel may also be repositioned to achieve a more natural appearance.
After the surgery, patients can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort for several days to weeks. Patients are usually advised to wear compression garments to help reduce swelling and promote healing. The results of abdominoplasty are generally long-lasting, but patients are advised to maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine to prevent the return of excess skin and fat.
Like any surgery, abdominoplasty carries some risks, including bleeding, infection, scarring, and nerve damage. It is important to discuss the potential risks and benefits of the procedure with a qualified plastic surgeon before deciding to undergo the surgery. A skilled and experienced surgeon can help patients achieve their desired results while minimizing the risk of complications.