Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.

A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes these methods cannot achieve our goals.

Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging.

The most common causes of this include:

  • Aging
  • Heredity
  • Pregnancy
  • Prior surgery
  • Significant fluctuations in weight

What a tummy tuck will not do?

A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program.
Although the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in your weight. For this reason, individuals who are planning substantial weight loss or women who may be considering future pregnancies would be advised to postpone a tummy tuck.
A tummy tuck cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed or somewhat
improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised.

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Tummy tuck candidates

In general, you may be a good tummy tuck candidate if: 

  • You are physically healthy and at a stable weight
  • You have realistic expectations
  • You are a non-smoker
  • You are bothered by the appearance of your abdomen

Tummy tuck surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.


Tummy tuck recovery

During your tummy tuck recovery, dressings or bandages may be applied to your incisions, and you may be wrapped in a compression garment to minimize swelling and support your abdomen as it heals following surgery. Small, thin tubes may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.
You will be given specific instructions that may include:

  • How to care for the surgical site and drains
  • Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection
  • Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health
  • When to follow up with your plastic surgeon Be sure to ask your tummy tuck surgeon specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period.
  • Where will I be taken after my surgery is complete?
  • What medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?
  • Will I have dressings/bandages after surgery? When will they be removed?
  • When will the stitches be removed?
  • How will I bathe?
  • How long will I wear the pressure garment?
  • When can I resume normal activity and exercise?
  • When do I return for follow-up care? Your tummy tuck consultation

During your tummy tuck consultation be prepared to discuss:

  • Your surgical goals
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
  • Current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drug use
  •  Previous surgeries

Your tummy tuck surgeon will also:

  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Take photographs
  • Discuss your options
  • Recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of the tummy tuck and any risks or potential complication

The success and safety of your tummy tuck procedure depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.
Be sure to ask questions.
It’s very important to understand all aspects of your tummy tuck procedure. It’s natural to feel some anxiety, whether it’s excitement for your anticipated new look or a bit of preoperative stress. Don’t be shy about discussing these feelings with your plastic surgeon.

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Tummy Tuck Surgery is also called as Abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen and creates an abdominal profile which is smoother and firmer. Many times, this surgery is also performed for Aesthetic Reasons to provide a smoother and firmer abdomen giving the look of a flat and well toned abdomen. Even individuals with normal body weight and proportion can develop a protruding or drooping abdomen due to various causes like:

  • Aging
  • Heredity
  • Sedentary Lifestyle
  • Pregnancy and Child birth
  • Previous Surgeries

A tummy tuck is not a substitute to a weight loss program. Generally, the results of a tummy tuck are permanent, but can get impacted by fluctuations in body weight. Tummy tuck Surgery can not correct stretch marks unless they are in the areas of skin being removed due to Tummy Tuck. Dr V K Srinagesh of Ojas Aesthetic Institute is Board Certified Surgeon with many years of experience in these kinds of Cosmetic Surgeries. Ojas Aesthetic Institute offers this surgery at an affordable cost providing right results.

Procedure:

Flattens the abdomen by removing excess fat and skin and tightening muscles of abdominal wall. Correction of small hernias if present.

Length:

2 to 5 hours.

Anesthesia:

General, or local with sedation.

In/Outpatient:

Either depending on individual circumstances and extent of surgery.

Side Effects:

Temporary pain. Swelling, soreness, numbness of abdominal skin, bruising, tiredness for several weeks or months.

Risks:

Blood clots. Infection. Bleeding under the skin flap. Poor healing resulting in conspicuous scarring or skin loss. Need for a second operation.

Recovery: Back to work:

2 to 4 weeks.

More strenuous activity:

4 to 6 weeks or more. Fading and flattening of scars: 3 months to 2 years.