Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin. In most cases, it also restores weakened or separated muscles, creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.
Patients with abdominal skin sagging that does not respond to diet and exercise are candidates for this surgery, which is applied to both women and men. Abdominoplasty should be postponed for people who are pregnant or experiencing weight loss pain. Patients should inform their surgeon of any medication or herbal products they are using and should let them know if they smoke. Abdominoplasty is not a weight loss method. It is an operation that stretches the abdominal skin and tightens the abdominal muscles. However, liposuction is commonly used for retouching. These procedures should not be undertaken within six months of giving birth.
The operation is performed in the hospital under general or regional anaesthesia and takes 2-4 hours. The abdomen is entered through an incision that will be hidden by underwear. The abdominal muscles are strengthened and the skin is stretched and closed. Post-surgical drains are removed in 1-4 days. Melting stitches may be used, which do not need to be removed. A corset is used for one month after surgery. Mini-abdominoplasty, a more minor procedure, may be preferable for patients whose abdomen is relatively tight and whose skin laxity is limited. In this case, the incision is short and the recovery time from the surgery is shorter than for a standard abdominoplasty. Circumferential abdominoplasty, which is performed on the lower back as well as the abdomen, may be preferable for those who have significant sagging in the back due to substantial weight loss or bariatric surgery.
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