Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck

What is a tummy tuck?

Abdominoplasty is also called a
“tummy tuck.” It’s a procedure that contours the belly (abdominal area). With this
procedure, the surgeon makes a long incision from one side of the hipbone to the other.
Extra fat and skin are surgically removed from the middle and lower abdomen. The muscles
of the abdomen wall are tightened with stitches (sutures).

Possible complications linked to a tummy
tuck

Possible complications linked to a
tummy tuck may include:

  • A lot of scarring. If the incision area does not heal
    properly, there is a chance of poor quality scar. This can often be treated by a
    second operation. There can be delays in wound healing if you have problems with
    the blood supply in your skin.

  • Blood clots and infection. As in any surgery, there is
    a risk of bleeding, infection, blood clots, or reaction to the anesthesia.

  • Changes in how the skin feels. You
    may have numbness or pain in the area of surgery. This can be short term (temporary)
    or permanent.

Who is a candidate for tummy tuck?

The best candidates for a tummy
tuck are men or women who are in good physical condition, but are bothered by large
fat
deposits or loose abdominal skin that does not get better with diet or exercise.

People who intend to lose weight
and women who plan future pregnancies should postpone the surgery.

About the procedure

Although each procedure varies, tummy tuck surgeries generally cover the following
considerations:

Places where this surgery is
done

  • Surgeon’s office-based surgical facility

  • Outpatient surgery center

  • Hospital outpatient

  • Hospital inpatient

Anesthetic options

  • Local anesthesia along
    with IV sedation. This lets you stay awake but relaxed.

  • General anesthesia

Average length of procedure

  • A complete tummy tuck
    usually takes several hours, depending on how much work is required.

Some possible short-term side
effects of surgery

  • Abdomen is swollen

  • Abdomen is painful

Final results

  • Healing is a slow and gradual process. It may take weeks or months to reach a full
    recovery.

  • Scars may appear to get
    worse during the first 3 to 6 months as they heal. It may take up to a year for
    scars to flatten out and lighten in color. They may never completely
    disappear.