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Abdominoplasty or commonly known as tummy tuck surgery involves removing excess of fat, loose skin and tightens the weakened abdominal muscles creating a flat and toned abdomen.
The abdominal shape is distorted because of factors like excess weight fluctuations, pregnancy, aging, abdominal surgeries.
Good candidates for abdominoplasty-
• Physically healthy and at a stable weight
• Have realistic expectations
• Are a nonsmoker
• Bothered by the appearance of your abdomen
Anaesthesia- General anaesthesia or epidural anaesthesia can be given.
Incisions- Horizontal incision below bikini line and a circular incision around the navel is taken.
Procedure- Liposuction may be done to remove excess fat. Upper skin flap is elevated by undermining and freeing the navel. Abdominal muscles are tightened. Excess skin is resected and skin flap is sutured. Drains may be kept to remove accumulated fluid.
Recovery and results-
Patient is kept admitted for 1-2 days after which drains may be removed. Some pain, bruising and swelling is common and subsides in few days. Routine work is resumed after 2-3 days of rest. Pressure garment is advised for three months. Stitches are dissolvable.
Complications can occur but rare-
• Anaesthesia risks
• Fluid accumulation (seroma)
• Poor wound healing
• Skin loss
• Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
• Skin discoloration and/or prolonged swelling
• Unfavourable scarring
• Recurrent looseness of skin
• Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
• Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
• Suboptimal aesthetic result
• Possibility of revision surgery
• Persistent pain
These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It’s important that you address all your questions directly with our plastic surgeon.
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