Abdominoplasty & Tummy Tuck

An abdominoplasty, also known as a “tummy tuck” is a common body contouring procedure to tighten and tone the abdominal wall muscles.

By removing excess skin and fat, then increasing the strength of the abdominal wall, this procedure can achieve a tighter, flatter tummy. A tummy tuck is generally performed on both men and women alike who have a healthy weight range wishing to remove excess skin and fat, that no amount of diet or exercise can correct.

This improved shape can result in long-term positive effects on your lifestyle, exercise, and overall well-being. Patients often say how much easier daily activities become, such as walking, running and exercising.

Liposuction is often paired with this procedure to enhance the results and speed up the recovery. Your plastic surgeon, Dr Carmen, will assess your candidacy during your initial consultation and compassionately address your concerns.

Before the procedure

During the preoperative consultation, Dr Carmen Munteanu will carefully listen to your concerns and expectations, discuss your age, health history, and risk factors.

Ideally, you should be as close to your target weight or health goals. This reduces complications and optimises your final result. If you are considering future pregnancies or have plans for significant weight loss, it will be best to postpone the surgery. This procedure is intended to last, remove excess tissue-fat, and tighten the stretched abdominal muscles.

Will it last?

This is a fairly common question. Generally yes, as everyone is usually toward the end of a journey, with multiple pregnancies, weight variation, and aging.

Quite frequently, the person requiring the operation has got a defined lifestyle and diet-exercise habits that will only change for the better. Needless to say, a significant weight variation or another pregnancy will obviously change the balance.

The procedure

Step 1 – Anaesthesia

Medications will be provided for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anaesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice suited for you.

Step 2 – The incision

A full tummy tuck will require a horizontal-oriented incision in the area of the lower torso. The shape and size of the incision will be influenced by the amount of excess skin. Once the abdominal skin is lifted, the underlying weakened abdominal muscles will be repaired.

A second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen. The upper abdominal skin is pulled down, the excess skin is trimmed and the remaining skin is sutured together. A new opening for the belly button is created. The belly button is popped through to the surface and sutured into position.

Step 3 – Closing the incisions

Sutures, skin adhesives, tapes or clips will close the skin incisions.

How painful is the procedure?

Another myth associated with abdominoplasty is that it is painful, difficult to recover from, and destroys the muscles. This operation is designed to reposition and reinforce what has been weakened and displaced, to restore and enhance natural features. From Dr Carmen’s experience, her patients common feedback is that it was not as painful or invalidating as they thought.

We will advise you about your best options, discuss the expected results, and recommend an individualised plan of treatment, from the preparation phase to long-term care. You will proceed to surgery with a clear plan, expectations, and pictured postoperative progress.

Post-operative care and follow-up

Following the operation, your torso will feel extremely tight and you may have a considerably unusual posture for a few weeks. You may feel you are bent over and cannot stand completely upright, this is normal. Most patients will have a hospital stay of 2 – 4 days. Recovery times vary, with most people returning to work in 2 – 4 weeks. However, we recommend no sport or heavy lifting activities for 6 – 8 weeks.

The results

Your tummy tuck will result in a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight. The final results may be initially obscured by swelling and your inability to stand fully upright until internal healing is complete. Within a week or two, you should be standing tall and confident in your new slimmer profile.

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