A flat abdomen, although desired, is often difficult or at times impossible to achieve with regular exercise and diet alone. Pregnancy, a past surgery, aging, or weight problems can all cause changes to your belly. Abdominoplasty is a procedure that removes excess fat and skin and tightens the abdominal wall. This procedure is often performed to reduce or remove stretch marks from the abdomen area.
Are There Different Types of Tummy Tucks?
The answer is yes. A full abdominoplasty is the most common type of procedure, which corrects the abdominal wall and the overlying skin. There are some instances where a person may only need skin and subcutaneous fat removed. This procedure is referred to as a “mini-abdominoplasty”. If the procedure is uncomplicated it can be done under local anaesthetic.
Who is the Ideal Tummy Tuck Candidate?
New mothers often have difficulty regaining their abdominal contour after giving birth. This is due to the rectus muscles separating during pregnancy. A C-section often leads to major changes in the appearance of the abdomen. Abdominoplasty can help women who have had a C-section regain the shape of their abdomen prior to pregnancy. Also, persons who are generally unhappy with the appearance of their abdomen may also be good candidates for this procedure.
How Can I Prepare for a Tummy Tuck?
During your initial consultation, our board-certified plastic surgeon—Dr. Robin Anzarut—will discuss with you on how to get the best result from the procedure. Maintaining a healthy diet, staying active and quitting smoking all contribute to having a great, long-lasting result.
Do I Need to Lose Weight Before a Tummy Tuck?
A stable, healthy weight is optimal for the procedure. Many people find that they are able to exercise easier after the tummy tuck. If you lose a significant amount of weight after your tummy tuck you run the risk of developing excess skin.
Recovery After a Tummy Tuck
You can expect the recovery process to last about a month after this procedure. During the operation, small thin tubes called drains are placed which helps prevent a collection of fluid called a seroma. The drains are not painful but can become bothersome; however they come out after the first week of recovery. You will be given an abdominal binder and a surgical garment which you will need to wear during the recovery process. After the procedure you will be prescribed pain medication to help reduce any discomfort you may be experiencing.
What Other Procedures are Combined with a Tummy Tuck?
Liposuction on the flanks, which helps improve the shape of belly and your silhouette, may also be performed at the same time as the abdominoplasty. This procedure is quite common and can greatly enhance the outcome in the right candidate.
What are the Risks with a Tummy Tuck?
A full tummy tuck will have similar risks as any other type of operation. Infections are possible, however very low risk and not very common. Dr. Anzarut will administer IV antibiotics during the operation and prescribe a postoperative prescription to reduce the risk as much as possible. Blood clots are one of the unique risks with a tummy tuck due to lack of physical activity during the recovery process. It is recommended to engage in very mild physical activity during this time period. To help reduce the risk of getting a blood clot, you may also be prescribed blood thinners for a few days after the surgery.
Timberlea Services Centre offers a wide variety of procedures. We strongly suggest you book an initial consult with Dr Anzarut to discuss what your goals are. He will review all of your options with you and answer any questions or concerns that you might have. You can call our office or request a consultation online.