Tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that is designed to tighten and firm the abdominal area. The procedure is typically performed on individuals who have loose or sagging skin, excess fat, or weakened abdominal muscles as a result of pregnancy, weight loss, or aging. Tummy tuck is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon and typically requires a hospital stay of one to two days.
During the procedure, the surgeon will make an incision along the lower abdomen, typically between the hip bones. The incision allows the surgeon to remove excess fat, tighten the abdominal muscles, and remove any loose or sagging skin. The procedure takes around 2-5 hours depending on the amount of fat, skin, and muscle that needs to be removed. The incision is then closed using dissolvable sutures and/or surgical staples.
BEFORE & AFTER GALLERY
Tummy tuck is a significant surgical procedure and is not recommended for individuals who are considering significant weight loss or who are planning to become pregnant in the near future. However, for those who are in good general health, have reached a stable weight, and have realistic expectations, tummy tuck can be a great option to achieve a more toned and attractive abdominal area.
Recovery after tummy tuck surgery can take several weeks and patients may experience discomfort, swelling and bruising. Patients will be required to wear a compression garment for several weeks after the surgery, to help reduce swelling and support the new contours of the abdominal area. It’s also important to avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for several weeks after the surgery. The final results will not be visible until 6-8 weeks after the surgery.
Tummy tuck surgery can produce significant results in terms of the appearance of the abdominal area and the patient’s overall self-esteem. The procedure can help to eliminate the appearance of a “bulging” stomach and can help to create a more defined waistline. Additionally, the procedure can also help to improve posture, making it easier for patients to stand tall and feel more confident.
It’s important to remember that tummy tuck is not a solution for weight loss, but for the correction of sagging skin or muscle weakness. Also, as a long-term result, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, with regular exercise and a balanced diet, is important to keep the result of the procedure.
Overall, tummy tuck can be an excellent option for those who are looking to achieve a tighter, firmer abdominal area and improve their overall self-esteem. However, it is a major surgical procedure that requires careful consideration, including a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon, before taking the decision to move forward.