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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Tummy Tuck, technically referred to as Abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery that makes the abdomen thinner and more composed by removing excess skin and fat deposits in the abdominal area. This procedure tightens the abdominal wall of sagging skin tissues, producing a firm body shape, firmer and smoother profile.

Who is a good candidate?

A tummy tuck is suitable for men and women who are in good health.
Women who have had several pregnancies may find the procedure useful for tightening their abdominal muscles and reducing skin.
A tummy tuck is also an option for men or women who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise and still have excess fat deposits or loose skin around the belly.

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Preparation

Before surgery, your doctor will give you guidelines to follow to ensure that your tummy tuck surgery experience is successful.
Standard hospital procedure requires that your surgeon perform laboratory investigations and/or diagnostic examinations to ensure that you are fit for surgery, prior to hospital admission and surgery
All relevant details should be disclosed when you fill out your “Patient Registration Form” and during your initial consultation.

How the Procedure is Performed

Prior to Tummy Tuck surgery, the amount of skin that is to be removed is carefully marked. A traditional tummy tuck operation involves correction to all three abdominal wall layers.
The operation is usually carried out under general anaesthesia.
An incision is made in the bikini line and the excess skin is pulled down and inward, and is removed along with underlying fatty tissue. The muscles are tightened as required, the skin is carefully redraped and the incision closed with several layers of sutures. . This helps restore a normal appearing a tight and smooth abdominal wall, removing all excess and redundant skin and fat.
Once the abdominoplasty procedure is finished, the plastic surgeon relocates the belly button and the incision is sutured. Dressings are then applied to support the area/s.
Additionally, tightening these muscles acts like an internal corset, strengthening the abdomen and helping create a smaller, more shapely and desirable waistline.

Limitation’s and Risks

Following the day of surgery, you will be encouraged to get out of bed and promote blood circulation by going for short walks. It is best that you do not sit for long periods of time during the first several days, even though you may not be able to stand up completely straight. For the first several weeks, you should avoid strenuous activity as your body heals but within 4-6 weeks you should be able to resume all of your normal activities. It is vital that you continue to wear the compression garment until your doctor tells you that it is no longer needed. This garment should be easily hidden under clothing.

You will be asked to stop smoking well in advance of surgery. Also, aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs, which can cause increased bleeding.
Time required: from 3 hours
Anaesthesia: Under general Anesthesia

Side Effects

May include:

  • Soreness
  • Swelling
  • Numbness
  • Temporary bruising

Recovery Time

The abdomen will be swollen and tender. Pain will subside as the healing progresses. Routine post-operative prophylactic antibiotics are provided and pain relief is generally required for the first few days. Drain tubes are usually inserted at the end of the operation, and these are usually removed one or two days after surgery.

Back to work: Within 2 to 4 weeks
More strenuous activity: Allow yourself 8-12 weeks. You can continue most of your normal activities within 1-2 weeks and commence exercise soon after

Note: This information acts as a guide to your possible treatment. Your individual concerns and specific medical history will need to be shared and discussed with your surgeon during your initial consultation.

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