Tummy Tuck Surgery

Tummy Tuck Surgery

What are tummy tuck surgeries? Tummy Tuck 1

Abdominoplasty, also known as the tummy tuck is a specialized cosmetic surgical procedure which is aimed at giving a uniform shape, smoothness and contour to the abdominal region with the removal of excess adipose and skin.
A smooth, flat tummy is the one thing that health and appearance conscious people work towards all over the world be it through physical training exercises or strict diet plans. However, the skin and fat in the abdominal region tends to loosen and sag giving an unsightly appearance and shape to the body. This can either be due to weight fluctuations, hereditary abnormalities, pregnancy, previous surgeries or changes induced by age.
Fortunately, tummy tuck surgeries can work wonders for people who have failed to flatten their tummies by other methods, and can help them achieve miraculous results with a single procedure.


What are the different complications and risks associated with tummy tuck surgeries?

Similar to all other surgeries in the world, tummy tuck procedures also have several potential risks and complications that patients must discuss with their surgeons prior to the surgery. All patients must ensure that their medical histories are assessed prior to proceeding with the procedure. Leading plastic surgeons around the world first acquire the consent of their patients before starting surgery as part of medical protocol.
Some of the common risks and complications that are seen before, during or after tummy tuck surgeries include:

–          Scarring

–          Abnormal bleeding, or formation of hematoma

–          Accumulation of fluid within the tissues, a condition known as seroma

–          Infection at the site of incisions

–          Delayed healing of the wounds

–          Formation of blood clots

–          Deep venous thrombosis

–          Altered sensation in the region

–          Swelling at the surgical site

–          Necrosis of fatty tissues in the region of the surgery

–          Pain during and after surgery

–          Dehiscence, or separation of the wounds

–          Loss of symmetry and proportion

–          Complications relation to the cardiac and pulmonary systems

–          Irritation at the site of sutures

–          Chances of re-surgery due to unsatisfactory results

–          Loss of normal color or elasticity of the skin

–          Damage to nerves and vessels such as arteries, veins and capillaries

–          Damage to internal organs in the region of the surgery as a result of accidents or improper surgical handling and techniques.


What are steps involved in a Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Typically, a conventional tummy tuck surgeries comprises of three simple steps which have been discussed below. All leading plastic surgeons around the world hold consultation sessions with their patients to explain them the steps of the surgery beforehand.

  1. Administration of Anesthesia: Anesthesia is administrated before starting the procedure in order to ensure a painless experience for the patient. Tummy Tuck surgeries are performed on general anesthesia or complete sedation because they involve multiple regions of the body and the elimination of pain and discomfort is absolutely essential. Based on your medical history, your surgeon will recommend the most suitable drugs and mode of administration for anesthesia.
  2. Creating the Suitable Incisions: The suture of choice for tummy tuck surgeries is a specialized one that runs horizontally in the region between the naval and the pubic hair line. The extent of this incision is entirely dependent upon the location and amount of the excess skin and fat present in the region that requires excision and removal.
    Many surgeons also place a second incision in the area surrounding the naval for the removal of adipose and extra skin from the upper abdomen area as well.
    Tummy Tuck Surgeries do not only involve the excision of excess skin and adipose, but also the repair of weakened and compromised muscles of the abdomen to restore shape and firmness.
  3. Closing the Incisions: Once the repair and excision of the abdominal muscles and skin have been achieved, the skin is then repositioned and the incisions are closed. The closure of the incisions is achieved by sutures of the suitable material.


Recovery from Tummy Tuck Surgeries: Tummy Tuck Surgery

Soon after the completion of the surgery, patients can appreciate the new changes immediately after gaining consciousness. However, for complete successfully recovery, it is critical to follow all guidelines and instructions given by the surgeon to avoid any complications.
Bandages may be placed on the site of the incisions and surgery. Strenuous activity should be avoided, but light, regular exercise is highly recommended to ensure proper blood flow to the area which also promotes better healing.
Patients are also prescribed medication to relieve pain and prevent infection at the site of the surgery.
In case of any complications, it is important to report back to the medical centre immediately. It may take about 6-7 week for the scars to effectively diminish, after which the success of the surgery is truly evident.

Results of Tummy Tuck Surgeries (Click here to view Before & After Photographs):

It is important to note that the results of this surgery are long lasting, but they are not permanent. Changes can be induced by weight fluctuations and age which can alter the surgical results. In this case, it is possible to get a revision tummy tuck surgery done to for the restoration of ideal contour and shape once again.
Tummy Tuck surgeries offer miraculous results for patients who have given up on their dreams of having gorgeous, flat bellies. This cosmetic procedure allows individuals to regain their confidence and flaunt their new look with the clothing they desire.