Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

What is this?

The surgery involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen in order to tighten the muscle and fascia of the abdominal wall.

Procedure

 

Abdominoplasty, also referred to as “tummy tuck” surgically  removes excessive skin and fat from abdominal area, usually between naval and inferior abdominal fold or by horizontal cesarean  incision) .    Depending on each patient´s concrete needs, the abdominal wall muscles can be tightened with sutures.  The incision usually has a half moon form (depending on amount of excess skin and fat that will be removed).

 

Duration

 

Approximately 2-4 hours.

 

Anesthesia

 

Generally performed under general anesthesia but can also be done with epidural anesthesia.

Hospitalization

 

Patient may go home several hours after surgery or spend a day or two in the hospital, depending on the extent of the procedure and doctor´s observations. Possible side effects may be:  light temporary discomfort, low back pain, post-operative swelling, pain or hyper sensitivity in surrounding areas, redness or hypo sensitivity (numbness)  in abdominal area, as well as bruising.

In the days following surgery, pain and swelling are likely to occur. Numbness and bruising are also common. These symptoms are sometimes severe enough to require painkillers or other prescription medications. Patients are advised to avoid strenuous activity for six weeks or more to allow for proper healing.

 

Recovery

 

Patient may return to work or normal activities within a period of 2-4 weeks.   Doctor must re-evaluate in order to approve return to more strenuous activities in 4-6 weeks.  Scars and bruising will diminish in color and consistency in approximately 3 months to 1 year.

 

A supportive abdominal binder or compression garment can minimize swelling / bruising, and support the repaired tissues. This compression garment is also effective in helping the skin in the treated area conform to its new shape and must be worn during 4 weeks.

 

 

Risks

 

Potential risks may be:  infection, incision or under skin bleeding, pulmonary embolism (resulting from blood clots traveling to heart, lung or brain), severe keloid scarring, delayed incision healing or even incision thickening or draining.  Also, a potential risk may require a second exploratory surgery.

 

Results

 

Results are visible within time, months to one year, unless you gain weight or become pregnant.