Tummy Tuck is a cosmetic procedure that involves the tightening of the abdominal muscles and removal of extra skin and fat caused by undergoing several pregnancies or massive weight loss.
How It Works
An incision is made just above the pubic area. Then, the extra skin and fat are removed and the muscle and fascia of the abdominal wall are tightened with sutures. Liposuction is often used for refinement and contouring.
After the surgery, two tubes are placed along the incision to drain the excess fluid. These tubes are to be removed within 3-4 days, or more if necessary.
One day after, the patient has to start walking bent and gradually straighten up. The patient is likely to feel moderate pain, which can be controlled by painkillers.
The procedure takes around two hours, and the patient is discharged after one day.
- Removing excess skin and fat giving the abdomen a toned appearance
- The scars fade with time
- The patient gets the benefits of both the tightening and liposuction of the stomach
- Pain and scars that fade gradually
- Swelling that lasts for a few months
- Surgery marks that fade with time
- Numbness, which fades after a few months
Patients should have normal protein and mineral levels, and quit smoking two months before undergoing the operation.
For diabetic patients, blood sugar levels should be normal before surgery.
- The patient can move the same day
- The patient has to wear an abdominal binder for a month
- The patient should see his/her doctor within a week of the operation