Tummy Tuck Surgery
All about a Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty) Featuring our M.D. Libby Babbage. Apologies for poor quality images were taken pre digital.
Tummy Tuck Surgery. What does it do? Basically correct loose and unsightly overhang in the abdomen.The most common causes of unfavorable changes to the abdominal shape in women tend to be either repeated pregnancies and/or obesity as well as dramatic weight loss. During pregnancy naturally, the skin and muscles expand. Often the elastic and collagen fibres of the lower tummy tear and form small whitish scars called stretch marks.
Unfortunately, these negative changes are permanent and remain mainly in the lower abdomen and around the naval often giving off a wrinkled appearance and the formation of an overhang. Also, muscles of the anterior abdominal wall can be toned up through exercise the improvements are limited as often the shape of the abdominal wall is deformed by excessive layers of subcutaneous fat. The extent of these irreversible changes is very much individual. Patients who possess extraordinary levels of excess abdominal fat are not suitable for abdominoplasty it’s totally inappropriate. It should also be mentioned a tummy tuck surgery-Abdominoplasty is not a treatment for obesity. Naturally, the procedure is not recommended for women who plan to become pregnant again.
Tummy Tuck Surgery Before and After Pictures
Tummy tuck plastic surgery flattens slack skin and tightening of the muscles in the relaxed tummy wall. This looseness frequently occurs after pregnancy or a distinct weight loss. If needed, excess subcutaneous fatty tissue can be removed as well. The appearance and functional results of the Tummy tuck surgery are substantial although scars are inevitable in order to remove excess skin. It leaves a permanent scar. However, it will fade with time and its quality differs per individual. A tummy tuck is not only an aesthetic surgery but it provides a solution to functional deficiencies of the abdominal wall, i.e. inferior rectus muscle diastasis.
The Tummy tuck surgery not only brings about a better appearance and function, but it also stops the slackening process of the abdominal wall.
Description of procedure Tummy Tuck Surgery Abdominoplasty
Tummy tuck surgery is “major” and always performed under general anaesthetic. On average it takes between 2-3 hours.
A crescent shaped incision is placed low in the lower abdomen running between the hip bones. Often it’s necessary to reposition the naval during the tummy tuck procedure. The loose skin is pulled downwards and the surplus removed. Once the incision and muscle tightening is complete the navel is repositioned. Sometimes it’s necessary to create two scars (anchor or T incision) this is required when the extra skin needs to be pulled in two different directions-vertical and horizontal.The final scar is located as low down in the abdomen as low as possible and can be concealed with normal underwear or a swimming costume bottom.
Sorry, we do not possess more images. You will find neither do most other clinics either. Reason being but it takes at least a year for the scar to settle and people simply have forgotten by then. Or in many cases, they simply and understandably do not wish to strip off and send pictures onto a third-party indeed….Indeed why should they?!
Tummy Tuck post-op instructions
Following a tummy tuck abdominoplasty, the patient remains as an “inpatient” for the purpose of monitoring until the condition is stable. This is usually within 2-3 days. Thereafter monitoring is conducted on an out- patient basis.Ideally, bed rest is advised for between 7-10 days. To speed up the healing process it’s important to wear a compressive support bandage for up to 6 weeks.From around 3 weeks onwards you can start to take short walks. Moderate physical exercise is fine after 4 weeks.
Tummy tuck for men
Male abdominoplasty surgery is performed essentially the same way. The only difference can be the reasons for it. Mainly after major weight loss, when the skin is unable to adjust to the reduced volume. these subsequent diminished fat levels can produce unsightly excess skin folds. Naturally a prerequisite for a successful tummy tuck outcome -is good health.
Upper and lower eye surgery (blepharoplasty);
- Facelifts, face and neck lifts;
- Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty);
- Liposuction (Classic and tumescent).
*disclaimer results might differ from person to person.