Abdominoplasty is one of the most effective reconstructive surgeries for reconstructing the shape of the abdomen. It is based on flattening it by removing excess fat and skin and tightening its muscles.
Am I eligible for this surgery?
Most people who are eligible to undergo a tummy tuck are people with a good physique and suffer from pockets of fat or loose skin that has not responded to diet and traditional exercise.
Also, women who have experienced several pregnancies can benefit from this surgery to remove sagging muscle and skin by tightening the muscle and relieving this skin. However, I advise women who are considering pregnancy in the future to postpone this surgery until after childbirth.
In addition to patients who plan to lose a lot of weight, I advise them to wait before undergoing this surgery.
I also take the time in each preoperative consultation to find out what patients want to achieve from their tummy tuck in terms of their body and their self-confidence.
How is that done?
There are two ways to perform a tummy tuck. I will discuss with you the desired results, and the appropriate procedure will be determined during the consultation.
Full tummy tuck : The full tummy tuck operation takes from two to five hours, and the patient is subjected to general anesthesia. Two incisions are made: the first is from the iliac bone to the iliac bone and is close to the pubic area, so that the bikini bottom hides the scars, while the second incision is around the navel. The skin is separated from the abdominal muscles, and then they are pulled together and sutured to give the abdomen a firmer shape and a smaller waist. Then the sagging skin is pulled downward to cover the newly stretched muscle. Excess meat is removed, and the navel is reinstalled in its normal position. Finally, the incisions are closed and sterile surgical dressings are placed over the sutured areas.
- Simple abdominoplasty : This type of partial abdominoplasty is subject to patients who have fat deposits below the navel and require small incisions.
During this procedure, the navel is not moved. This procedure is similar to a regular tummy tuck, except that it requires smaller incisions and only the skin is lifted. This method is best for patients who need a small improvement to achieve their goal. You can also discuss the difference between these two methods, as well as know their benefits and risks, in order to make the decision to follow the appropriate method for you.
How long is the recovery period?
Abdominoplasty is one of the major surgeries. And the recovery period is longer compared to other orthodontic surgeries, and the patient should expect a period of one to three weeks before returning to his normal life.
In the first days after surgery, the abdomen will be swollen and painful. It is also preferable for the patient to start walking a little every day in the first week, and then increase the pace of walking in the coming weeks, in order to avoid blood clots and reduce the swelling.
Also, abstaining from smoking and following the instructions will help the wounds heal quickly. While scars need about nine months for their color to lighten, disappear and fit into the skin, they will not be visible while wearing a swimsuit or bikini, even immediately after the surgery.
before and after