Abdominoplasty, known more commonly as a “tummy tuck,” is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. While a tummy tuck is very effective at producing a flat tummy, it can result in a significant scar, possibly extending from hip to hip.
A complete tummy tuck usually takes two to three hours, depending on the extent of work required by each tummy tuck patient. A mini-tummy tuck may take an hour or two.
Most commonly, the surgeon will make a long incision from hipbone to hipbone, just above the pubic area. A second incision is made to free the navel from surrounding tissue. With mini-tummy tuck, the incision is much shorter and the navel may not be moved.
Next, the plastic surgeon separates the skin from the abdominal wall all the way up to your ribs and lifts a large skin flap to reveal the vertical muscles in your abdomen. The surgeon then tightens these muscles by pulling them closer together and stitching them into their new position. This provides a firmer abdominal wall and narrows the waistline.
In a mini-tummy tuck, the skin is separated only between the incision line and the navel. This skin flap is stretched down, the excess is removed, and the flap is stitched back into place.
It is important to be aware that a tummy tuck is not a type of weight loss surgery. It is therefore not an appropriate procedure for you if you are seeking to lose more weight. The ideal tummy tuck candidates include patients who have a stable weight and are looking to remove stubborn fat and skin that they cannot remove through exercise and diet alone.
Ideal tummy tuck candidates include those who:
Before you consider having a tummy tuck, you must make sure that you are:
The aim of a tummy tuck is to create a smoother abdomen. Your surgeon does this by removing stubborn fat and loose skin that cannot be lost through exercise and diet alone.
You should be aware, however, that a tummy tuck is not a weight-loss procedure. It is most suitable for patients who have excess skin from major weight loss or pregnancy. You should, therefore, aim to reach your optimal weight before you consider having a tummy tuck.
A tummy tuck procedure can:
Your surgeon may also choose to include liposuction with your tummy tuck. This is because liposuction can help contour the body more precisely, and therefore help achieve a more shapely figure. Some surgeons include liposuction in all of their abdominoplasty procedures and some do not. It is worth asking your surgeon if they will include liposuction with your tummy tuck.
In addition to the changes made to your figure, you may also see improvements with unwanted:
The best candidates for a tummy tuck are men or women who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise. The surgery is particularly helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal. Loss of skin elasticity, which frequently occurs with weight loss or gain, can also be improved.
Abdominoplasty can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, but it won’t necessarily change your looks to match your ideal, or cause other people to treat you differently. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with an experienced tummy tuck surgeon such as Dr. Resat Aktas.
Dr. Resat is proud to have helped hundreds of tummy tuck patients realize their dreams of a flat, smooth stomach. Recognizing that many individuals feel apprehensive about undergoing abdominoplasty, our surgeons conduct personal consultations, during which time they explain to the patient exactly how abdominoplasty is performed and what results it helps achieve. The personalized approach relieves anxiety and helps Dr. Resat deliver highly satisfying results for all of our cosmetic surgery patients.
Your consultation will involve a physical examination, including a careful medical history, and a discussion about your goals with surgery. Dr. Resat will spend as much time as you need to make sure both you and your surgeon know exactly what you want. It may not always be possible to meet all your expectations with surgery, so it is crucial that you understand what is a realistic outcome.
Dr. Resat will examine you to determine exactly what procedure, or combination of procedures will best help you meet your goals. If, for example, your fat deposits are limited to the area below the navel, you may require a mini-tummy tuck, which is a less complex procedure that can often be performed on an outpatient basis. Or your surgeon may recommend having a tummy tuck in conjunction with liposuction to remove fat deposits from the hips for a better overall body contour. Or liposuction alone may create the best result. Your surgeon will work with you to recommend the procedure that will help you come closest to achieving your desired body contour.
Your surgeon will also instruct you on how to prepare for surgery in order to achieve the best result, including guidelines on eating, drinking, and taking certain vitamins and medications. Smokers should plan to stop smoking for a minimum of one or two weeks before surgery and during recovery, as smoking decreases circulation and interferes with proper healing.
For the first few days, your abdomen will probably be swollen and you’re likely to feel some pain and discomfort that can be controlled by medication. Depending on the extent of the surgery, you may be released within a few hours or you may have to remain hospitalized for a day or two.
Your cosmetic surgeon will give you instructions for showering and changing your dressings. Even though you may not be able to stand straight at first, you should start walking as soon as possible.
Surface stitches will be removed in five to seven days, and deeper sutures, with ends that protrude through the skin, will come out in two to three weeks. You will need to wear a support garment over your abdomen and under your clothes for about 6 weeks.
It will take 3 to 6 weeks for you feel like your old self again. Some of our tummy tuck patients return to work after two weeks, while others take three or four weeks to rest and recuperate. Exercise will help you heal better. Even people who have never exercised before should begin an exercise program to reduce swelling, lower the chance of blood clots, and tone muscles. Vigorous exercise, however, should be avoided for 6 weeks.
Your scars may actually appear to worsen during the first three to six months as they heal, but this is normal. Expect it to take nine months to a year before your scars flatten out and lighten in colour. While they’ll never disappear completely, abdominal scars will not show under most clothing, even under bathing suits.
Though it can be a life changing procedure, tummy tucks are not usually covered by provincial health plans, nor are they covered by most company benefits plans. You may be surprised to discover, however, that cosmetic surgery can be quite affordable, especially with one of the financing plans available through our clinic. Our patients frequently remark that, what they initially saw as a high cost now feels like an important investment in their wellbeing. It is important to note that the price of a procedure can vary based on a variety of factors. When you speak with your plastic surgeon in consult you will be given a more specific estimate.
To find out more about the cost of a tummy tuck, please contact us by phone or e-mail or by filling out the Request for Information form below.
Before all of that, it is very important to get complete rest in the first two weeks following tummy tuck surgery because a this procedure usually includes tightening of the muscles, and doing strenuous exercises will definitely have negative effects on your tummy tuck results.
In my practice, I recommend my patients to hold off on strenuous exercise for 6 weeks to allow the tissues to heal. Except that, you can start light exercise typically after about 3 weeks which involves walking and light upper body work.
Swelling after a tummy tuck is a common occurrence and depending on the extent of your tummy tuck and how much liposuction was done at the same time. Most patients will have significant swelling in the first two weeks but most of that will resolve after 6 weeks.
On the other hand, the last 10% or so of the swelling will take about 6 months to resolve. Because of that, patients will be able to see the approximate results at 6 weeks post-op.
Shortly, you can expect your swelling to last 3-6 months.
Additionally, If you had liposuction at the same time it may be a bit longer recovery.
First of all, you will have a visible scar after a tummy tuck in any case. However, visibility of your scar depends on a variety of factors such as skin tone, skin quality, genetics, and skin tension.
A tummy tuck usually has two scars which are around the belly button and a second transverse scar which can usually be placed low enough to be hidden by clothes.
And these scars is dependent on your individual anatomic characteristics including abdominal girth, truncal height, umbilicus position, and the presence of stretch marks.
Before the abdominoplasty procedure, you should also have a detailed consultation with your surgeon. In my practice, consultation before the surgery is an important part of the procedure. Detailed planning between the patient and the surgeon can give useful surgical maneuver options for delivering well-hidden tummy tuck surgery scars.
Yes, you can get pregnant after a tummy tuck . There is no medical obstacle to get pregnant after a tummy tuck.
I advise patients to wait until they’re fully healed after a tummy tuck. Minimum of 4-6 months will be enough.
As with all surgical procedures, there are inherent risks associated with the tummy tuck. However, tummy tuck , overall, is a safe operation.
A tummy tuck is a common plastic surgery procedure to improve the look and contour of the abdomen and repair the underline muscles. When performed properly and on the appropriate patient, it is a very safe procedure.
ut there can be some potential complications may include bleeding, infection, and reactions to anesthesia but complications can be minimized by consulting a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience performing this procedure.