A Beginner’s Guide to a Tummy Tuck Procedure
Tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic process that removes excess fat and skin around the belly. It uses a minimally invasive laparoscopic technique to flatten the appearance of loose skin around the abdomen.
There are two types of abdominoplasty: full/complete abdominoplasty and mini/partial abdominoplasty.
- Complete abdominoplasty: In this, the surgeon makes a large incision in the abdomen around the hip bone to remove extra skin, tissue, and muscle. During stitching, they adjust your belly button depending on the removal of your skin and fat tissue.
- Partial abdominoplasty: This procedure is suitable for people who have fat deposits below the navel. It usually requires a smaller incision not involving the belly button.
Who is the best candidate?
The tummy tuck procedure is suitable for both men and women. It is especially popular among women who have been through several pregnancies to tighten their abdominal muscles and is one of the most popular procedures in a Mommy Makeover. People who have lost a lot of weight and still have loose skin around their belly also benefit from it.
However, women who plan to get pregnant should postpone the tummy tuck procedure until they have had all their children. If you are obese, tummy tuck should be your last resort and not an alternative to weight loss.
How to prepare for tummy tuck?
- Don’t smoke at least two weeks prior and after the surgery.
- Eat well-balanced and complete meals as they will help you heal faster and refrain from starting a weight loss diet prior to surgery.
- Inform your doctor about all prescription drugs, herbal medicines, and other supplements that you have been taking.
- Before leaving for surgery, buy ice packs, petroleum jelly, bathroom chair, handheld shower head, and loose, comfortable clothing. You will need them after the procedure.
How is abdominoplasty performed?
It can take anywhere between one and five hours depending on your expectation and the type of surgery. You may have to stay in the hospital overnight to ensure proper healing.
At first, you will be given anesthesia to make you unconscious during the operation. The surgeon will then create a horizontal incision between your pubic hairline and belly button. The amount of excess skin and type of procedure will determine the incision’s shape and length.
Next, the surgeon will pull down abdominal skin from above the incision and trim any excess fat or loose skin. In case of a full abdominoplasty, they will create a new belly button opening. But for partial tummy tuck, they will not and just suture remaining skin.
What are the risks involved?
Pain and swelling are common in the days following the surgery. The doctor will prescribe pain medicines and talk to you about the best possible ways to keep you comfortable. You may also experience numbness, bruising, and fatigue during recovery.
A tummy tuck involves suturing along the line of incision, and it leaves scars. The scar might fade slightly, but it will never completely disappear. You can use ointments and anti-scarring creams after healing from the surgery to lighten its appearance.
Choose the right surgeon
For a successful tummy tuck, you need to choose a surgeon who has extensive experience in performing cosmetic surgeries. Nuveau Plastic Surgery offers a wide range of cosmetic services in Houston, Texas. We are experts in performing facelifts, Botox and fillers, butt lifts, liposuction, breast augmentation, and breast lifts. You can book an online appointment here .