Tummy Tuck Surgery
What is Tummy Tuck Surgery?
“Tummy tuck as the name suggests involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the abdomen. This is a cosmetic surgery procedure also known as “Abdominoplasty“. This procedure helps improve the appearance of the stomach (abdomen). There could be multiple reasons for undergoing abdominoplasty surgery such as weight loss, removal of unwanted excess skin and damaged abdomen muscles. One common reason that all those who undergo this surgery is the desire for a flat and slender stomach (for both men and women).
Who Can OPT For Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Patients with loose abdominal skin and an excess of fat (in the abdomen region) are the best suitable candidates for abdominoplasty. However, certain critical factors must be considered before undergoing cosmetic surgery. They are-
- Those with generalized obesity are not good for a tummy tuck procedure whereas people with skinny bodies with an extra amount of fat in the lower abdomen are considered as well suitable candidates.
- The patient should have a history of good health because a significant amount of skin is required to undergo an abdominoplasty procedure. To put it in simple words, a candidate must be in good physical shape to tolerate this procedure.
- In case, if a woman wants to get rid of loose abdominal skin (due to past pregnancy) and is also planning to have more children in future then going for the abdominoplasty surgery is not a wise choice. Future pregnancies will separate repaired abdomen muscles and re-stretch skin in that area. In most cases, when alternatives such as exercise, weight control or diet don’t work, people go for tummy tuck surgery as the last option. There are following patients can OPT for tummy tuck surgery.
- A Pregnant lady (post pregnancy causes loose or sagging tissues near the lower abdomen region).
- Overweight person (excess of fat stored on and near abdomen area).
Preparation for Tummy Tuck Surgery
After the selection of preferred surgeon and going through all the guidelines, there are certain steps that the patient may opt for to get a speedy recovery and healthy results from the Tummy Tuck surgery.
A good diet may acquire the first position on this list; a protein-rich diet may help in good overall health and may also boost your immune to get a speedy recovery. Also, remember high doses of vitamin E may worsen the condition and generate undue complications. Never should you opt for a crash diet and avoid all extreme weight loss plans. A regular exercise would enhance your diet too. Smoking, one of the worst habits even when you are not planning to get surgery. But especially when you are planning for Tummy Tuck surgery, smoking should be avoided as it constricts the blood vessels and hampers the oxygen flow in the body. Leading to higher surgical complications. People opting for Tummy Tuck surgery must stop smoking at least two weeks before surgery for smoother accomplishment throughout the surgical period.
Another important thing is to alert your doctors about all the medication that you are taking. Cause certain medicines and nutritional supplements may increase the chances of complications.
One must also avoid consuming anti-inflammatory drugs, aspirin, and herbal supplements as it may give rise to the risk of bleeding.
Usually, a tummy tuck is performed in an office-based setting but in case you get it in an out-patient setting, remember to keep someone along with you to fetch you and fetch you away from the location and to remain with you in the case of any emergent situations.
Tummy Tuck Surgery Procedure Steps
One may either opt for complete abdominoplasty or partial abdominoplasty. The steps involved for both vary and are discussed below
For complete abdominoplasty
- General anesthesia is administered to the patient.
- A hip to hip cut is made just above the pubic area of the patient.
- Following it, one more cut is marked to separate the navel from the surrounding skin.
- At this point, the excess skin is removed from the abdomen wall to make the muscles tighter. The muscles are made tighter by stitching it together.
- Any excess fluid is drained towards the end.
For complete Short Scar abdominoplasty
- For this, a smaller is cut is developed.
- Excess skin of the lower abdomen is then detached from muscles in a limited fashion. The skin is then pulled down and then the excess skin is trimmed and excess skin is sutured back together.
- In some cases, the navel is detached from the muscle and it’s slid down on the abdominal wall.
- Now, at this point, the hanging flap is stitched back into place.
Tummy Tuck Surgery Risks and Safety Tips
A Tummy Tuck is a self-elective decision which is opted by a patient only when he/she is well aware of the involved risks and the upcoming complications are acceptable by him/her.
On the conception of a Tummy Tuck procedure, the patient is made to sign a consent form to ensure that he understands the procedure and outcome well.
The complications and risks involved with Tummy Tuck are immense. The first and foremost risk may be of anesthesia, there are always chances that the employed anesthesia or sedative might not suit you and ends up giving you side effects. Apart from this, excessive bleeding due to incision may occur. Due to an external cut, there are always chances of acquiring excessive fluid accumulation in the operated area. This accumulation of fluid may also give rise to various kinds of infection that may cause problems afterward.
Some people may have poorer immunity and wound healing property than others, for those these Tummy Tuck wounds might take a long wound recovery time. And these Tummy Tuck procedures may also result in numbness, discoloration of the skin, or unfavorable scarring.
Apart from these complications, a problem might arise on the surgeon’s part too, and the abdominal area may not end up getting trimmed symmetrical or a case of suture rupture may make the condition worse. A lot of patients have also complained about persistent pain and cardiac complications. Along with all these risks, there are always chances that one might get advised for revisional Tummy Tuck surgery.
Myths About Tummy Tuck Surgery
People tend to believe in certain myths related to tummy tuck surgery, such as –
- Tummy tucks help in weight loss.
- Tummy tucks are the same as liposuction (liposuction is also a cosmetic surgery procedure that removes excess fat but doesn’t deal with excess skin).
Note: A tummy tuck cannot suddenly spark the metabolism and help anyone shed off extra weight. People who have undergone surgery will have to stick to their healthy diet and exercise routine that they were using before the surgery.
Tummy Tuck Surgery Scars
During the abdominoplasty surgery, the extra skin (from the lower abdomen) has to be excised and removed. When this extra skin is removed, the opening (the tightened skin) is sutured (i.e. re-attaching groin tissues). These sutures will leave some kind of scar. Scarring in cosmetic surgeries is almost inevitable. Still, plastic surgeons during abdominoplasty procedures take precautions to make their incision as low as possible to minimize the visibility of scars.
Certain precautions can be taken to reduce the visibility of scars:
- Quit smoking during the recovery phase (as it interferes with the healing process).
- Applying petroleum jelly over the suture (it is expected to reduce the final scar appearance by 33 %).
- The application of medical-grade silicone cream will help in reducing the appearance of the scar.
Tummy Tuck Surgery Recovery Period
All cosmetic surgery have their post-surgery symptoms. Any individual will take his/her own time to get along with the new body structure. Generally, experts (plastic surgeons) have divided the recovery process in different stages. These stages are inclusive of the 6-week recovery process. During this period, the patient is required to visit his/her surgeon for incision examining, checking drains and most importantly to check how well you are doing. Many activities will be difficult for the patient after the recovery phase like getting up and down from a sitting position, getting in and out of the bed. The patient must not smoke or use nicotine patches during this phase as these would interfere with healing. Patients are usually advised by their respective doctors to wear a binder (support garments) around their abdomen. These binders help ease certain activities such as going to the bathroom, remain in a standing posture for elevated time, etc.
You’ll need to figure out a time frame for the recovery so you have ample time to heal and can have a break from certain aspects of your life. Make sure, that you make the proper arrangements and you are fully prepared for your recovery period.
The drains will be left in for a few days after your surgery. You’ll be shown how to take care of and empty the drains. You’ll likely need to take an antibiotic and an anticoagulant while your drains are in place.
- You’ll wear an abdominal binder for about seven-eight weeks. This will helps you to avoid fluid buildup and helps to support your abdomen.
- While the recovery period is usually shorter for a mini-tummy tuck, you’ll still need to avoid strenuous activity for at least seven-eight weeks. This includes any vigorous exercise or heavy lifting.
- What you can expect after your surgery,
- Your surgeon and nurse will properly brief you and your family about how to recover at home.
You will be told :
- How to care for drain tubes and incisions.
- What can be aware of in the terms of infection or overall health?
- What to avoid in the terms of physical activity that can affect your incision line for seven-eight weeks.
- When you can need to show your plastic surgeon again.
- How long you can wear the abdominal pressure garment.
- How much you can rest.
- What you can eat and can’t eat.
- You’ll need to have someone who can drive you home from the hospital and help take care of you for at least the first few days after your surgery. You can shower 48-50 hours after you remove your drainage tubes. You may take a sponge bath until you can shower. You are being advised to use a chair when showering for some time.
- You’ll be prescribed an antibiotic and possibly an anticoagulant. You may be given some type of medication to apply to your skin. You can take any pain medication as directed. You shouldn’t take any medicine containing aspirin unless directed by your doctor or surgeon.
- You may also avoid alcohol if you’re taking pain medication, and avoid any form of nicotine for at least seven-eight weeks. Smoking can hinder the healing process and may cause complications.
Guidelines for home recovery :
- You need to sleep on an incline for the first few days after surgery. Keeping the upper body raised slightly with your knees bent at an angle can help reduce swelling. Putting pillows underneath your knees can also reduce the pressure on your abdomen. Your doctor or surgeon will advise you on this.
- Keep on moving after your surgery, even if it’s only a bit of walking. This will help you to keep your blood flowing, which helps with the healing process and decreases the chances of a blood clot in your legs.
- Your doctor or surgeon will also tell you to know how to find an optimal resting position that will be most comfortable. Rest as much as possible you can since you may feel tired for weeks or even months.
- You can’t drive for a few weeks. You’ll also have to limit strenuous exercise and demanding physical activity for four to seven-eight weeks. Your doctor or surgeon can help you decide what activities you can perform and how long you’ll need to take off work.
Possible physical side effects
- Most of the intense pain will be in the first few days following the surgery. You may experience swelling for up to three-four months after the surgery.
- Your tummy may feel like it’s being pulled when you try to stand up straight. You may feel numbness in your tummy for months or even years. It’s normal to have bruises in your abdominal area. You may have fluid-filled swelling above the scar, but this will go away. Your scar may be red and raised, but it will eventually fade.
Tummy Tuck Surgery Result – What To Expect?
Abdominoplasty is a kind of surgical procedure that takes time to recover from. The patient doesn’t need to feel great right away, though he/she will feel significantly different. Common results or differences felt and seen are-
- Excess abdominal skin and sagging tissues will be gone.
- The patient will feel initial swelling from the tummy tuck procedure (it won’t last very long, only a few months).
- Patients may have trouble buttoning their pants (as this activity stretches the abdomen and pulls it down).
Depending on the severity or complexity of the procedure, the final results of surgery can be seen after 6 months (average time) or 1 year (usually the maximum time).
Tummy Tuck Surgery Cost
Tummy tuck surgery cost may depend on your body fat level and may other criteria. To know the exact cost of the surgery please visit our Krisha Hospital in Vadodara. We are at Krisha Hospital have the best tummy tuck surgeon who provides the best effective tummy tuck surgery in Vadodara at affordable rates. We have all the latest equipment and technology to solve any kind of body-related issues with our affordable surgeries. To know more book your appointment with us today!
Dr. Rajnikant Parmar
M.S ; M.CH (Plastic Surgeon)
Dr. Rajnikant did his M.CH in Plastic Surgery (Gold Medalist) from M. S. University, Vadodara, one the best and most reputed institute for Plastic Surgery, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery all over the world. He has vast knowledge and experience for various Cosmetic and Plastic surgery procedures in India. He is practicing in Vadodara since last 5 years. He has worked with world renowned Aesthetic Surgeons like Dr. Kotaro from Japan. His ability to identify individual problem and analyze everyone’s cosmetic & functional demands and cure each his patients as per the best practices of medical domain makes him unique cosmetic surgeon.
Dr. Deepmala Parmar
Dr. Deepmala Parmar has a keen interest in Aesthetic Dentistry. She has 14 years of experience in Implantology and has placed numerous implants for oral rehabilitation at Kashiba Dental Clinic, Chhani Jakatnaka, Vadodara. She has achieved putting more than 350 dental implants with 100% retention and success ratio. She did her specialized dental implant course from Nair Medical College, Mumbai. In her 14 years of dental practice she has more than 6500 patients with big smiles on their faces..