By Dr. Sahebgowda Shetty, Cosmetic/Plastic Surgery
Tummy tuck surgery, scientifically known as abdominoplasty, aims at removing excess fat or skin from around the abdomen, thereby flattening it, and improves the abdominal profile by tightening the weakened muscle around it. Though abdominoplasty is dissimilar to liposuction, you can still opt for a liposuction along with tummy tuck surgery. Women planning to get pregnant should avoid abdominoplasty since it loosens the abdomen muscles tightened during the surgery.
People looking to lose weight shouldn’t opt for this surgery. Although the results are widely appreciated, scarring is a common complication. Doctors prescribe creams and ointments to fade the scars slightly but they can’t be removed completely.
There are two types of abdominoplasty that a patient can choose from -
- Complete Abdominoplasty- In such a surgery, the surgeon contours the skin, tissue and muscles as needed after cutting the abdomen from one side of the hipbone to the other.
- Partial or Mini Abdominoplasty- This surgery is done on those whose fat deposits lie under the navel. Unlike Complete Abdominoplasty, the navel need not be moved during this surgery, and requires only a couple of hours to be completed. Pressure garments should be worn following the surgery.
Smokers need to quit smoking at least a week before and after the surgery since nicotine causes complications and slows the healing process. You also need to eat well-balanced meals to heal properly.
Lastly, ensure that you take the medications as and when prescribed, wear loose clothing and use ice packs.
After the surgery, you must limit any taxing work for about six weeks. Dieting properly and exercising frequently after the surgery can help you maintain the results.