Written by Haifa Ghaith
What is a surgical tummy tuck?
Abdominoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure performed to repair the shape of the abdominal area by tightening the muscles, removing loose skin that cannot be removed through exercise, and removing stretch marks resulting from repeated pregnancy or significant weight loss
Abdominoplasty is an expensive major surgical procedure. It is not considered a way to lose weight, as doctors usually recommend this procedure to people with a healthy BMI
What are the types of tummy tuck?
There are two types of abdominoplasty, and both are performed under general anesthesia
Partial abdominoplasty includes making a large incision in the lower abdomen, then separating the skin from the abdominal wall below the navel, removing excess fat and cutting the skin, and finally tightening the skin and stitching it properly
The full abdominoplasty includes making a large incision in the lower abdomen, from hip to hip, above the pubic area, then making a second incision to free the belly button from the surrounding tissue, after that, the skin is separated from the abdominal wall and the abdominal muscles are reorganized and sutured, and then excess fat is removed. Finally, a new hole was cut for the belly button and sutured again, and the skin was sewn in its correct place
How long does a tummy tuck operation take?
The tummy tuck operation takes between 2-5 hours, and the patient needs to stay in the hospital from one to two days. The patient feels pain after waking up from general anesthesia, and they are given the necessary analgesics to control the pain, in addition to wearing medical girdles that compress the abdomen area for a period of not less than 6weeks
Recovery after tummy tuck
Usually, the patient needs to take time off from work, stop driving, and stop exercise for a period of 4 to 6 weeks. Wearing corsets or compression pants for the abdominal area for a period of not less than two months is considered one of the most important recovery measures in order to encourage the skin to regain its elasticity in record time and reduceboth the swelling and fluid retention under the skin in the abdominal area
It also prevents the patient from trying to raise the body completely when standing and walking, in order not to expose the wound to pressure, and it is advised to bend the knees in the case of lying down as well
The patient visits the doctor after several days to check on the wound, and then periodic visits are essential to check on the client's health and follow up on the development of the results of the operation
It is recommended to use medical silicone gel or plasters to reduce the wound scar, as doctors agree on that these scars cannot be completely gone and the scar remains on the body