DR. ANANDA DORAI ,
CONSULTANT PLASTIC SURGEON
What is Tummy tuck surgery ?
Tummy Tuck (also known as abdominoplasty) is a popular form of cosmetic surgery for people wishing to regain a flatter abdomen.
Abdominoplasty is designed to flatten the abdomen by removing excess skin and fat and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall.
It is an excellent procedure to correct excess lower abdominal skin and repair muscle laxity.
Types of tummy tuck surgery?
Mini tummy tuck, full tummy tuck and extended tummy tuck surgery.
What are the differences between the three types of tummy tuck ?
Mini tummy tuck surgery is ideal for those who have slight excess of skin and fat below the belly button.
Full tummy tuck surgery is for those who have significant excess of skin and fat at the upper and lower abdomen.
Extended tummy tuck surgery is for those who also have significant amount of excess skin and fat at the hip and lower back areas.
Is liposuction similar to tummy tuck surgery ?
Liposuction is performed by making a small key hole opening in a natural fold of the skin and only the fat deposits under the skin is removed by suction.
Tummy tuck is performed by making a horizontal incision from hip bone to hip bone and removing skin and fat from the lower abdomen and tightening the abdominal wall muscles.
Who are ideal candidates for Tummy Tuck surgery ?
Those who have excess skin and fat below the belly button and a protruding lower / upper abdomen.
After childbirth and those not intending to have any more children.
After massive weight loss or bariatric surgery.
How is tummy tuck surgery performed ?
Tummy tuck is performed under general anaesthesia. The procedure takes 3 to 5 hours, depending on the individual patient.
The doctor will make a horizontal incision in the area immediately above the pubic bone. The length and shape of the incision will be determined by the degree of correction necessary. Excess skin is removed and the weakened abdominal muscles are sutured together resulting in a smooth, tight abdominal wall. If necessary, liposuction may be used to achieve the desired correction. A small incision around the navel will be necessary to re-position the belly button.
How long do patients need to stay in the hospital ?
Generally, one or two nights stay in the hospital is adequate for most patients.
How long is the recovery period ?
After your surgery, the doctor will apply a dressing to your incision.
You will wear a removable compression garment in order to minimize swelling while supporting your abdomen as you recover for the first few weeks.
The doctor may also place a temporary drain tube under the skin to drain any excess fluids that would otherwise collect around your incision.
Typically patients can return to work after about one to two weeks. However, strenuous activity must be avoided for four to six weeks. After this time, you should be standing tall and confident with your new slimmer profile. Your scars will take approximately three to twelve months to fade and flatten.
How much weight will one loose after this surgery?
Depending on the size of the individual, the average weight loss can be from 2 – 5 kilograms.
How many inches difference on the waist line ?
If liposuction is performed in combination with tummy tuck surgery, then one can loose around 2 – 5 inches off the waist line.
Is it safe to do liposuction together with tummy tuck surgery ?
Yes, it is a good combination to have liposuction with tummy tuck surgery.
If one has excess fat at the hips and back areas, it is possible to have liposuction in order to achieve a curvaceous figure.