Tummy Tuck is also called as Abdominoplasty and is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to make the abdomen thinner and firmer. During the tummy tuck procedure, your surgeon will remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen. She will also tighten the muscles and tissues of the abdominal wall.
Both men and women who are in good health are the right candidates for a tummy tuck. Women who have had multiple pregnancies may find the procedure useful for tightening their abdominal muscles and reducing skin. The procedure is also useful for those who were once obese and still have excess fat deposits or loose skin around the belly.
If you are planning on becoming pregnant, then a tummy tuck is not for you. Also, if you are planning on losing a lot of weight you should not opt for a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck should not be used as one of the means to attain weight loss.
You are not the ideal candidate for a tummy tuck if you have a severe chronic condition, such as heart disease or diabetes. You should also not consider a tummy tuck if you have a body mass index greater than 30, if you are a smoker, or if you have had previous abdominal surgery with significant scar tissue. A tummy tuck can be done in combination with other body contouring procedures.
Dr. S. Suma will consult with you to determine if you are the right candidate for a tummy tuck. She is a skilled plastic, cosmetic, and reconstructive surgeon, who can gauge exactly which patients should opt for a tummy tuck. She will work with you to determine the scope and extent of this procedure tailored to you.
Before your Tummy Tuck
Before you opt for a tummy tuck, you should have a detailed consultation with your cosmetic surgeon. She will review your medical history and will ask you questions regarding current and past medical conditions. She will also do a physical exam to determine whether this procedure is right for you. She may also take pictures of your abdomen for your medical record.
Your surgeon will also discuss your expectations and may ask you to explain why you want a tummy tuck and what exactly you are hoping for in terms of your appearance after the procedure. She will make sure you understand the risks and that previous abdominal surgery, if any, may limit your results.
Besides this, your doctor will also ask you to stop smoking before surgery and during recovery. This is because smoking slows the healing process and increases the risk of tissue damage. You will also be asked to stop taking certain medications, such as aspirin and aspirin-based medicines, some anti-inflammatory drugs, and blood-thinners, as all of these can increase bleeding. Ideally, you should maintain a stable weight for about 12 months before opting for a tummy tuck. If you are severely overweight, your doctor will recommend that you lose weight before the procedure. If you undergo significant weight loss after the procedure, this can diminish your results.
Before the surgery, you should have a detailed consultation with Dr. S. Suma. She will most likely meet with you several times over several weeks prior to the surgery. She will also encourage you to ask her any and all questions that you might have related to the procedure. She will also recommend that you tailor your expectations about the surgery in a realistic manner and that you maintain a positive body image before and after surgery.
During your Tummy Tuck
You can opt for a classic or full tummy tuck, an extended tummy tuck, or mini-tummy tuck. Your surgeon will recommend the tummy tuck that is right for you. During the Tummy Tuck procedure you will most likely be given general anaesthesia. Two incisions will be made. One will extend from the hip bone on one side to the hip bone on the other side of the body, close to the pubic area. The second incision will be around the navel.
Your surgeon will separate skin from the abdominal muscles. The abdominal muscles will then be pulled together and stitched into place for a more narrow waist and firmer abdomen. Excess skin is then removed and the separated flap of skin is stretched over the newly tightened muscles. The navel is then reattached to a position where it looks natural. The incisions are then closed and a sterile dressing is applied over the area. The entire procedure takes about two to five hours to complete.
Precautions and Procedures before and after Tummy Tuck
Your surgeon will advise you as to how you should prep for your surgery, including discontinuing smoking, alcohol, and certain medications. Your doctor will also ask you to not eat or drink for about 12 hours prior to surgery. You should have a detailed consultation with your doctor as to the precautions to take prior to your tummy tuck.
After your tummy tuck procedure, dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions. Also, you may be wrapped in an elastic bandage or compression garment to minimize swelling and to support your abdomen as it heals post-surgery. Also, small, thin tubes may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid.
Your surgeon will tell you how to take care of the surgical site and the drains. She will also prescribe certain medications to take orally as well as to apply locally to prevent any infection subsequent to the surgery, as well as to reduce pain. You will also be asked to follow up with your cosmetic surgeon in the days and weeks after surgery.
Tummy Tuck Result
The final result of your tummy tuck surgery may not be completely visible until after the swelling subsides and you are able to stand fully upright after healing is complete. Within a week or two, you should be able to stand upright with a slimmer profile and silhouette. Your tummy tuck will result in a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate to your body weight, shape, and type.
If you are planning on opting for a tummy tuck, do consult with Dr. S. Suma who is the right cosmetic surgeon to carry out this procedure. She will be by your side right through the entire process and will guide you in a complete, holistic, and empathetic way. She will also patiently and calmly discuss any fears you may have and will also answer all of your questions and allay all of your doubts.
To know more about Tummy Tuck surgery, as well as the other cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures that Dr. S. Suma performs, you can get in touch with her at +91 86 86 042 042 or email her at email@example.com.