What is a Tummy Tuck?
A Tummy Tuck is a cosmetic surgical procedure which, removes excessive skin and fat deposits from the lower abdominal region and tightens the abdominal muscles.
The results are a thinner waistline, flatter stomach and a youthful body contour.
How does a Tummy Tuck work?
There are three types of abdominal deformities:
- loose skin and stretch marks (due to ageing, weight loss, and pregnancy);
- excessive fatty tissues; and
- rectus muscle diastasis (separation of the anterior abdominal muscles e.g., after giving birth).
A Tummy Tuck takes care of all three conditions by, tightening the skin muscles, removing the excessive skin and fat and, repairing the abdominal muscles.
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An incision is made over the pubic hairline, taking care to ensure it is as inconspicuous as possible. The weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and sutured, while the excessive fat and skin are removed by excision through this incision.
A second incision is then made around the belly button, to remove excessive skin in the upper abdomen and free the belly button from the surrounding skin.
Strong sutures are placed to tighten the loose muscles. The upper abdominal skin and the remaining tissues are then pulled down before the incisions are closed with sutures, and drains are placed to prevent fluid retention.
Mini Tummy Tuck
A mini Tummy Tuck is suitable for those persons who are unable to get rid of the bulge beneath their navel or have a stretched skin. It is less invasive and complicated as compared to Tummy Tuck surgery.
During a Mini Tummy Tuck procedure, a small incision is made above the pubic hairline to tighten the rectus muscles (six pack) and to remove excessive skin, fat, and tissue. The incision is then closed with sutures and drains may be placed to prevent fluid retention.
During surgery, tumescent fluid is applied on the area to be treated. Small incisions are made, and a cannula is passed through the incisions to sculpt the abdomen, the waist and the back by suctioning excessive fat out from these areas. A Tummy Tuck is then performed by making an incision in the abdominal crease and removing the necessary skin and tissues. The belly button is then remodeled before the incisions are closed with sutures.
During the procedure, tumescent fluid is applied on the area to be treated. Small incisions are made and a cannula is passed through the incisions to sculpt the waist by suctioning fat in the upper abdomen, hips, and flanks. A tummy tuck is then performed by making an incision in the abdominal crease and removing the necessary skin and tissues. The belly button is then remodeled before the incisions are closed with sutures.
Advantages of a Lipoabdominoplasty
A Lipoabdominoplasty is more beneficial than a traditional Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) as it combines Liposuction with a Tummy Tuck for better contouring of the abdomen.
It has less complications as very few blood, lymphatic vessels and nerves are affected.
It is also less traumatic as the scars are smaller leading to minimal bruising and swelling.
VASER Lipoabdominoplasty (VASER 4D Tummy Tuck)
VASER Lipoabdominoplasty, is combination of a state-of-the art body contouring technology, liposculpture/liposuction and a tummy tuck to give extraordinary result.
VASER Lipoabdominoplasty was invented by a Dr. Hoyos of Bogota, Columbia. Only a handful of cosmetic surgeons globally, have been trained to perform this highly technical body sculpting procedure.
VASER 4D Tummy Tuck is based on a sound knowledge of the anatomy of the dynamic muscles and the fat compartments demarcating the muscles.
Our surgeon has trained with Dr. Hoyos in Bogota to incorporate these highly advanced techniques into practice.
During the procedure, a VASER 4D Tummy Tuck is used to contour the back, hips, buttocks, waistline, and arms, in combination with a short scar Abdominoplasty, resulting in a sexy athletic body.
VASER Lipoabdominoplasty is both a mild and safe procedure which preserves the nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue in the treatment areas by employing sophisticated technology, VASER, to liquefy the excessive fat before gentle suction it out and to tighten the skin.
Traditional Liposuction of the abdominal wall has its limitations due, to the potential skin loss and skin necrosis in comparison to using a gentle VASER technique.
These days, an Tummy Tuck is rarely performed as a standalone procedure.
At Skinnotion, we offer VASER Lipoabdominoplasty to achieve the best possible sculpted body with toned abdominals.
For men, the procedure sculptures six pack abs, muscular arms, accentuates the serratus muscles of the lateral chest and the oblique muscles, just over the pelvic rim thus resulting in a V-shape.
During a VASER Tummy Tuck, specific generated sound waves are passed through the body skin to liquefy fat which is then removed gently using a suction.
Areas that can be sculpted are the chest, tummy, back, flanks, waistline and buttocks.
A Tummy Tuck is then performed by making an incision in the abdominal crease to remove skin and tissues.
VASER Lipoabdominoplasty is more superior to a standard Abdominoplasty as, dimensional contouring can be achieved resulting in a more natural body shape in both static and dynamic motions.
A standard Abdominoplasty can be disruptive and traumatic as, it may lead to skin necrosis and skin loss, especially in fibrous patients.
This is not the case with VASER Lipoabdominoplasty.
Benefits of having a Tummy Tuck
A Tummy Tuck helps to get rid of excess skin and flab from your abdomen, prevent recurrent skin infection underneath resulting in anesthetically appealing abs.
This procedure helps to remove stretch marks by tightening or removing the affected skin.
A Tummy Tuck helps you to have a contoured abdomen and narrow waist, making you look slimmer whilst boosting your self confidence.
Who should have a Tummy Tuck?
A Tummy Tuck is best suited for men and women who have an ideal body weight but, are unable to get rid of abdominal fat and skin redundancy despite a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.
It is ideal for women who have had several pregnancies to tighten their abdominal muscles and reduce excess skin.
What happens if I lose weight after a Tummy Tuck?
Significant weight loss may result in a change in the way you look. If you are planning to experience a significant weight loss you should postpone your Tummy Tuck surgery.
Who should not consider a Tummy Tuck?
A woman should not consider a Tummy Tuck if she is planning to have a baby in the future as, the muscles that tighten during the Tummy Tuck procedure might separate during pregnancy.
People planning to lose weight after the procedure should postpone Tummy Tuck surgery.
Is a Tummy Tuck a good way to lose weight?
A Tummy Tuck is not an alternative to losing weight and should be the last resort.
A Tummy Tuck is not effective on obese persons. It is most effective for people who have a normal body weight but are unable to get rid of excessive abdominal fat and skin, despite working out and having a balanced diet.
Male Tummy Tuck
Men also develop stretch marks, weakened abdominal muscles, and sagging skin with ageing, due to excess weight changes or genetic factors.
Body fat in men tends to accumulate at the waist and abdominal area and can become stubborn by the time middle age starts. This stubborn fat cannot be removed merely with a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.
A VASER Tummy Tucks helps to get rid of the protruding belly by removing the excessive skin from the area resulting in a contoured abdomen.
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Tummy Tuck Cost
Tummy Tuck costs vary and depend on factors such as your expectation and the overall situation.
A Tummy Tuck alone (abdominoplasty) cost from $4000.00.
A Tummy Tuck with VASER Liposculpture/Liposuction (VASER Lipoabdominoplasty) cost from $6500.00.
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You should discuss your medical history, and regular medications including over-the-counter medicines with your doctor.
You will undergo a series of medical tests to determine if the Tummy Tuck procedure is suitable for you.
You should stop smoking about four weeks before your Tummy Tuck surgery as it may lead to post surgical complications.
You should stop alcohol consumption two weeks before the procedure.
You must cease taking anti-coagulants and anti-inflammatory medicines for about two weeks before the surgery as it may lead to excessive bleeding and slow recovery.
You should take multivitamins about two weeks before your Tummy Tuck surgery.
You should reduce the intake of salt as it may lead to swelling after the procedure.
You should not eat or drink anything after midnight on the night before the surgery.
You may take your regular medicines with a small sip of water.
You should not remove the sterilized strips placed at the incision points unless they start to peel off around the corners. Once the strips and other dressings have been removed, you should apply scar creams to reduce scarring.
You should avoid exposing the scars to direct sunlight for about a year.
As your skin will be tight after your Tummy Tuck surgery you should avoid any pulling at the incision points.
You should walk bent forward and place pillows under your head and knees for the first two to three days.
You should sleep in a fetal position and get up from the bed in stages to reduce pain and discomfort.
You should empty the drain that has been placed to remove the excess blood and fluid two to three times a day.
You should avoid taking a bath for about two weeks after Tummy Tuck surgery or, until the drains and sutures have been removed and the incision has properly healed.
You should avoid whirlpools and swimming pools for about a month.
You should wear the Tummy Tuck belt at all times for the first three weeks. You should continue wearing the Tummy Tuck belt during the day for the next three weeks.
You should avoid taking anti-coagulants and anti-inflammatory medicines for about two weeks after the procedure.
You should avoid consuming alcohol for about two weeks after the Tummy Tuck surgery.
You should avoid strenuous exercises for six weeks after the surgery.
You should avoid using hot or cold compressors as it may lead to frostbite or burns without your knowledge.
You should have adequate rest but not be confined to bed completely as it may cause vein clots in the legs.
FAQs[expand title=”Are there any risks?”]
Like any cosmetic surgery, a Tummy Tuck also carries some risks.
Potential risks include an adverse reaction to anesthesia, infections which can be treated medically, hematoma (bleeding under the skin), seroma (accumulation of fluid), blood clots, and fat necrosis.
[/expand] [expand title=”Are any side effects to be expected?”]Common Tummy Tuck side effects include bruising, swelling, numbness, scarring, and discomfort which disappear over a period of time.[/expand] [expand title=”What type of anesthesia is used during the operation?”]Tummy Tuck surgery can be performed using tumescent local anesthesia with sedation, or general anesthetic.
Skinnotion uses tumescent fluids with sedation for VASER Tummy Tuck and Mini Tummy Tuck procedures.
[/expand] [expand title=”Where are the incisions made?”]The incisions are normally made across the lower abdomen, a little over the pubic area. Whereas the other incision will be made around the belly button so that it can be freed from the surrounding skin.[/expand] [expand title=”When are the stitches removed?”]Most of the stitches used in the Tummy Tuck procedure are self dissolving and are put under the skin to prevent stitch marks.
The non dissolvable stitches that are placed around the belly button are generally removed in 10 to 14 days after your Tummy Tuck procedure.[/expand] [expand title=”Is hospitalisation required?”]Most of the cases can be done outside the hospital at a specialized clinic.
You may need hospitalisation if you have complicated medical illnesses or excessive skin and tissues need to be removed.
[/expand] [expand title=”Is there an age limit for this procedure?”]There is no age limit and any healthy adult above the age of 18 can undergo a Tummy Tuck procedure.[/expand] [expand title=”Is it painful?”]You will be in considerable pain for a few days after your Tummy Tuck surgery, but the pain can easily be managed with medicines.[/expand] [expand title=”How long does it take?”]The duration of your Tummy Tuck surgery depends upon the amount of correction that is necessary.
A mini Tummy Tuck procedure usually takes about 1 to 3 hours while, regular Tummy Tuck surgery takes about 2 to 5 hours.
[/expand] [expand title=”Are there any complications?”]In certain cases, complications may develop during or after your tummy tuck surgery. Adverse reaction to anesthesia may lead to severe complications. Haematoma or bleeding under the skin might develop in certain cases which may need blood transfusion or surgery. Development of seroma or fluid accumulation can be treated by a regular draining procedure. Blood clots may develop in the legs due to immobilization, leading to deep vein thrombosis and cardiac complications. In extremely rare cases, the development of blood clots may prove fatal if the clots travel to the lungs.[/expand] [expand title=”Will I get skin irregularities?”]You may develop skin irregularities at the incision points, but this usually settles with time.[/expand] [expand title=”Will bruising or swelling occur?”]Swelling and bruising are common after a Tummy Tuck surgery which disappears in the next few days.[/expand] [expand title=”Are bandages applied?”]Bandages in the form of sterilized strips will be applied at the incision points.[/expand] [expand title=”How long do I wear the support garment?”]You will have to wear the Tummy Tuck belt throughout the day and also while you’re sleeping for the first 3 weeks.
You will also have to wear the Tummy Tuck belt during the day for 3 to 4 more weeks.
[/expand] [expand title=”Do I need to take time off work?”]You will need to take time off work for about 2 to 4 weeks after your Tummy Tuck surgery. [/expand] [expand title=”When can I do exercises?”]You can start light exercises about 3 weeks after your Tummy Tuck procedure. Strenuous exercises should be avoided for about 6 to 8 weeks after surgery.[/expand] [expand title=”Should I follow a special diet?”]You should have a light diet including plenty of fluids for the first 3 to 4 days after the Tummy Tuck procedure.
You can then start your normal diet, although a balanced diet helps to maintain long lasting results.
[/expand] [expand title=”Are the results permanent?”]The results of a Tummy Tuck surgery are long lasting if proper care is taken.[/expand] [expand title=”Will scarring occur?”]There will be scarring after a Tummy Tuck surgery which may take 6 to 12 months to fade like any other scarring or it may persist to form a keloid.[/expand] [expand title=”Can I drive home after my surgery?”]You should not drive back home after surgery because you may still be influenced by sedation and anesthesia.
You should make appropriate arrangements.
You should avoid driving for about 3 weeks after a Tummy Tuck surgery.
[/expand] [expand title=”Will I have to return for post-operative care?”]You will have to make periodic visits for post-operative care so that the doctor can monitor your progress.[/expand]
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