Lipectomy (Abdominoplasty Tummy Tuck)
Tummy Tuck is a surgery procedure designed to remove excess skin and fat from the midsection while tightening the abdominal muscles. The result of a tummy tuck surgery is a tighter, smoother, and flatter stomach. In some cases patients may be able to undergo partial abdominoplasty, also known as a mini tummy tuck, instead of the complete procedure. This is especially true for patients who want to flatten primarily the lower abdomen area.
To begin the tummy tuck, an incision is mad across the lower abdomen. Next, a second incision is made to separate the skin and navel from the underlying muscle and tissue. The skin is then pulled back toward the ribcage. Excess fat and skin are trimmed away, and the abdominal muscles are tightened with sutures. When the abdominoplasty procedure is complete, the plastic surgeon repositions the belly button and sutures the incision. Dressings are then applied to support the area.
Risks and Complications
The day after surgery, you will be encouraged to get out of bed for short walks to promote blood circulation. Although you may not be able to stand up completely straight, it is best if you not sit for long periods of time during the first several days.
You should avoid strenuous activates for several weeks as your body heals, but within 4 to 6 weeks you should be able to resume all normal activities. It’s importable to continue wearing the compression garment, which should be easily hidden under your clothing, until your doctor tells you that it is no longer necessary.
You will be asked to stop smoking well in advance of surgery. Also, aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs, which can cause increased bleeding.
Time required: from 3 hours
Anaesthesia: Under general Anesthesia
- temporary bruising
Back to work: Within two to four weeks
More strenuous activity: Allow eight to twelve weeks (you can resume most of your normal activities within four or six weeks).
Note: This information acts as a guide to your possible treatment. Your individual concerns and specific medical history will need to be shared and discussed with your surgeon during your initial consultation.