What is a Tummy Tuck?
Abdominoplasties, colloquially known as ‘tummy tucks’, are cosmetic surgeries done to ‘tuck’ the abdominal area inwards, thereby tightening abdominal muscles. Tummy tucks have become popular in recent times because of the wide segment of the population who can benefit from them, especially since they are affordable.
Sometimes when people lose weight very suddenly, they lose mass and fatty deposits because of intensive exercise and diet control. However the skin may have lost elasticity and may hand over the waist. This is especially true with progressing age, because the older we get, the less elastic our skin is, and more prone to sagging. A lot of pregnant women also get tummy tucks because of the massive change in skin elasticity post pregnancy, along with loss of tone of the abdominal muscles as well. The problem is that despite a lot of working out, this loose skin cannot be fixed or exercised off. Tummy tucks help all these women go out back in the open with sculpted, shaped and ‘tucked’ abdomens.
Tummy tucks are great options for women who no longer plan on getting pregnant, and women who do not mind the minor scar that may remain in the bikini area after the surgery. Although it is advised that women control their weight within reasonable fluctuations after the surgery, as the effects of the surgery will be negated with a larger weight gain than the abdomen can handle. Also, people with old abdominal surgical scars such as hernia repairs, or chronic diseases, should get an opinion from their regular healthcare provider before opting for the surgery.
The procedure itself is quite simple. Different types of incisions are used, based upon the chosen approach. The surgeon makes incisions after anesthetizing the abdominal region, from around the umbilicus, to below the pubic mound. The navel incision is generally only done in full abdominoplasties. The excess skin is ‘tucked’ into the area below the pubic mound, with more area being ‘tucked’ in into the incision made from hip bone to hip bone.
Some women get an ‘extended’ High Lateral Tension Abdominoplasty, in which the ‘love handles’ and area overlying the waist and hip are also reshaped. After these changes, the underlying fascia is sutured to the underlying abdominal muscles layers, thus tightening them. Some of the surrounding fat deposits are then removed, usually by liposuction. The navel is then restructured and placed in its appropriate setting. After the entire abdomen has been closed in layers, the surgeon may place a drain to help any remaining fluids to drain out quickly, thus accelerating healing and preventing infection.
Patients can be discharged from the hospital within 5-8 days of the surgery, but complete recovery may take up to 6 -8 weeks. This process may take longer if the doctor’s orders are not followed, and the patient strains their abdominal muscles too much. Patients are advised not to lift heavy weights or exert themselves, although moderate exercise is advised. Bed rest is necessary for the first half of this recovery period, too. Abdominal muscles must not be strained during this time. Any unusual pain, discharge or itching or tenderness in the surgical site should be shown to a doctor as soon as possible.
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