Stubborn stomach tissue and skin inelasticity may result from various causes, such as pregnancy and childbirth, large weight fluctuations or aging. Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a “tummy tuck,” is a cosmetic surgery procedure for men and women who wish to achieve a flatter and firmer abdomen. A tummy tuck involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the stomach along with sutures which in turn causes tightening around the abdominal muscles and a flat stomach.
Tummy tuck is not a weight-loss procedure. The best candidates for abdominoplasty are men and women who are at or near their ideal body weight but have excess, sagging skin and fat in their abdomen that does not respond to normal diet and exercise.
Abdominoplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia, though intravenous sedation combined with a local anesthesia. Once the anesthesia is administered, the surgeon will make an incision from hip to hip just above the pubic area and an incision around the navel.
The surgeon will then disconnect the skin from the underlying tissues, tighten the abdominal muscles with sutures and trim away excess skin and fat. Liposuction may be used to remove fat deposits. Once all these steps are concluded, your surgeon will close the incision. A drainage tube will likely be inserted to prevent the buildup of fluids beneath the skin.
Following tummy tuck surgery, bandages and dressings will be applied to your incision and you will be wrapped with an elastic garment to help your skin adhere to the underlying tissues. You will need to avoid heavy lifting or vigorous exercise for at least four to six weeks. Routine follow ups will be scheduled to keep your recovery progressing smoothly. It’s very important to communicate how you’re feeling during the process and to report any severe pain immediately.