Abdominoplasty - Tummy Tuck

Also known as Abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck removes excess fat and skin, and in some cases restores weakened or separated muscles. This creates an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.

A full tummy tuck requires a horizontal incision in the area between the pubic hairline and navel. Incision size is largely dependent on the amount of excess skin to be removed. Where correction is isolated to the area below the navel, a limited or mini tummy tuck with a shorter incision at the pubic bone may be recommended.

Liposuction may be performed with a mini tummy tuck where excess fat is the only factor.



Abdominoplasty is a good option for you if:
You have overhanging skin in the lower portion of your belly
You are bothered by stretch marks and loose skin
You have excessive bulge along with incision or ventral Hernia
You are male or Female with pendulous abdomen

Preoperative Workup:Arrange for consultation with the Doctor

Preoperative Evaluation: This includes your Blood tests and relevant Investigations

Preoperative instructions:

Anaesthesia: General Anaesthesia

Procedure

The incision

A full tummy tuck requires a horizontally oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairline and navel. The shape and length of the incision will be determined by the degree of correction necessary. Through this incision, weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and sutured and excess fat, tissue and skin is removed. A second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen.

Duration of Surgery: 2-3 hrs

Hospital Stay: 1-2 Days

Results and Recovery

Tummy tuck results in a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with an individual body type and weight. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect. The final results may be initially obscured by swelling and your inability to stand fully upright until internal healing is complete.

Activities: You will be able to perform routine activities within 1-2 weeks. Strenuous exercises such as jogging, swimming can be done after 8- 12 weeks.

Cost:

Can be discussed with the doctor at the time of consultation

Note:
Cost mentioned includes the surgical fee and day-care hospital cost as applicable to a surgery. If for some reason you need / want to stay in hospital for additional time, you will have to pay that separately. Cost will also increase if you choose a superior room.

Prices apply to average healthy individuals. If you have additional problems like diabetes/ hypertension etc, which require the involvement of another specialist/ special medications/ anaesthesia, such cost will be added. Cost mentioned above is approximations only, for general guidance. They are subject to change. Dr Sumita Shankar will evaluate your specific problem at the time of personal consultation and will give you the exact cost that will be inclusive of surgical fee, anaesthesia fee, medications, disposables and expected hospital stay.

FAQ

What is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck- also known as abdominoplasty is the surgical process of removing excessive fat and skin from a patient's lower and middle abdomen. A tummy tuck is also used to tighten the abdominal wall muscles. This body contouring procedure is an excellent way to rid oneself of stubborn fat in the mid section that does not respond to diet and exercise.

What are the benefits of a tummy tuck?
Because a tummy tuck removes fat and sagging skin, the procedure produces a flatter and firm stomach and a slimmer waistline. This is one of the most popular plastic surgical procedures available. Most patients are satisfied with the results of a tummy tuck and have a stronger self-image.

Am I a candidate for a tummy tuck?
Tummy tuck candidates are healthy men and women with realistic expectations about this procedure. Ideally, a tummy tuck patient will be within his or her desired weight but wishes to get rid of stubborn pockets of fat in the mid section.

How is a tummy tuck performed?
During tummy tuck surgery, incisions are made along the abdomen above the pubic bones. The skin is then lifted and the abdomen muscles are pulled, tightened and stitched into a new, firmer position. It is generally combined with liposuction to remove excess fat along the sides, waist and back region.

Can it be combined with other procedures?
Yes, combination procedure is generally becoming more popular such as Breast lift, face lift etc. It avoids second surgery and reduces the overall cost. A word of caution is necessary here, there are higher risks of potential complications and the recovery can be delayed.

How long does tummy tuck surgery take?
Normally, a tummy tuck surgery will take between two to four hours. However, the exact time of the tummy tuck procedure will depend on the type of tummy tuck performed. A mini tummy tuck or partial abdominoplasty will require less time than a normal tummy tuck.

What are the risks and complications in a tummy tuck?
As with any major surgery, there are some risks associated with tummy tuck surgery. Though rare tummy tuck surgery poses the risk of blood clots, infection and noticeably lose areas of skin following tummy tuck surgery. Poor healing could potentially lead to a second tummy tuck operation. To avoid further possible complications any plans of future weight loss or pregnancy should be discussed before the tummy tuck procedures.

What should I expect after the operation?
The healing process after a tummy tuck can span two to four weeks. Additionally, the tummy tuck patient will be unable to stand upright for the first week following the procedure. It is important for tummy tuck patients to have a dependable friend or family member aid him or her during the initial week.

Will I have a scar after the tummy tuck?
Scarring is inevitable. The tummy tuck procedure will produce a permanent scar at the site of incision. The size of the scar will depend on the procedure chosen.

How much does a tummy tuck cost?
The cost varies depending upon duration of surgery and the facility you choose. For details you can discuss with Dr. Sumita during consultation. Additional procedures will entail extra costs.

How long do the results of a tummy tuck last?
The results of this procedure are permanent with proper diet and exercise. However, significant weight loss or gain, pregnancy and age many adversely effect your surgical results. After several years, a second tummy tuck can be performed to restore originally satisfying results.

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