A “tummy tuck” is the informal name for an abdominoplasty, a procedure designed to tighten and reshape the area around the stomach. While many cosmetic procedures only go skin deep, a tummy tuck even goes so far as to tighten the abdominal muscles to achieve maximum results.
What’s Involved in a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, involves treating three areas around the abdomen: the fat, the skin, and the muscle.
Fat is removed from around the stomach. The abdominal muscles are tightened up so that the stomach doesn’t bloat outwards and give the appearance of a larger stomach. Excess skin is then removed as well, to avoid an “apron” of skin forming after the fat and muscle have been worked on.
Tummy tucks can be performed as either a “full” or “partial” procedure.
Why Do People Get Tummy Tucks?
There are many reasons people opt to get an abdominoplasty procedure done. These include:
Remove stubborn fat from around the stomach that won’t budge even with proper diet and exercise.
Women wanting to tighten their abdominal region after multiple pregnancies.
Older patients who have lost the elasticity of their skin as a natural result of the ageing process.
Patients who have undergone extreme weightloss and need to tighten up the abdominal region of stubborn fat and loose skin.
Post Operative Care
Standing and walking should be avoided for at least 12 hours after the surgery. Ideally, it’s best to be positioned with your feet and head elevated approximately thirty degrees relative to your stomach to relieve tension on the suture line of the abdominoplasty.
Walking upright is not advised for the first week post-surgery. Assisted walking is okay after the first day, but for the first week you should be walking in a bent over position to avoid straining the surgical site.
It’s not advised to drive for up to 6 or 7 days after the surgery is completed. If you must get around, even to get to our clinic for follow-up appointments, we highly recommend getting another person to collect you, or use some method of transport such as a taxi.
Sports and vigorous activity should be avoided for at least a month. Two weeks post-op, all sutures will be removed.
For long-lasting results, a tummy tuck should be accompanied by a healthy diet and exercise routine. Without these, the results of the procedure will fade away very quickly.
Initially after the surgery there will be bruising and swelling, so it can take several days or weeks before the actual results of the procedure are fully visible.
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