Tommy Tuck, also known as Abdominoplasty, is a procedure that removes the excess fat and abdominal skin and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles, creating a smoother profile. Having a smooth and toned abdomen is a desire of most people. However, sometimes, physical exercise and weight control are not enough to achieve these goals. Even individuals with normal body weight and proportions may have a protruding abdomen and can also benefit from this procedure.
How much weight will I lose as a result of a tummy tuck?
The purpose of abdominoplasty is improved body contouring and reduction of skin sagging, however, the procedure involves the removal of certain amount of fat and skin, which will result in reduction of body weight. The amount of weight really depends on the abdominal volume of the particular patient.
Does Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty leave a visible scar?
The scar from a tummy tuck is located horizontally just above pubic area, extending laterally to a greater or lesser extent, depending on the volume of the abdomen to be corrected and can easily be hidden under a swimsuit.
How long will it take for the final result of a tummy tuck?
The final results of tummy tuck surgery 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. Your tummy tuck will result in a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight.
The tummy tuck scar may take several months to a year to fade as much as it will.
Although good results are expected from your procedure, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.
Following your physician’s instructions is essential to the success of your surgery.
It’s important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, swelling, abrasion or motion during the time of healing. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.
Is a new navel created during a tummy tuck?
No your navel will not be obscured or removed.
Can I have children after a tummy tuck procedure?
There are no formal contraindications to pregnancy after abdominoplasty. However, the aesthetic outcome of the surgery may be compromised after pregnancy.
What type of anesthesia is used for this operation?
The anesthesia technique is individualized for each patient and may include a general anesthesia or blockages. The type of anesthesia to be used will be discussed between the surgeon and patient.
How long is the surgery?
The mean operative time of a tummy tuck is 3 hours. This period may be extended if there is a need for liposuction or if the case demands. However, the time of surgery should not be confused with the length of stay of patients in the Surgical Center, because this residence includes the period of preparation for anesthesia and postoperative recovery. Your doctor will inform you about the total time.
How long is the hospital stay?
Between 1-3 days.
Are dressings are used?
Yes, special dressings are used following the procedure and need to be changed on daily basis by the medical staff.
When are the stitches removed?
Most of the stitches are made with absorbable sutures and do not require removing. If any non-absorbable sutures are used they will be removed in maximum 2 weeks post-surgery.
Is the use of bandage and lymphatic drainage necessary?
Yes, lymphatic drainage is important postoperatively both for reducing edema (swelling) and in decreasing postoperative fibrosis. A bandage is used in order to reduce swelling and support the body remodeling and should be worn for up to 2 months post-surgery.
- Ensure to notify your doctor if you have the flu, an infection, or any other illness before the surgery;
- Ensure that you do not consume any food or water at least 8 hours prior to surgery;
- Attend the surgical facility on time;
- Avoid alcohol, drugs or very hearty meals the day before the surgery;
- Schedule your social, domestic, professional or school activities that will allow you at least 15 days of rest after the surgery.
- Do not engage in physical activity for at least 30 days
- Do not move your buttock excessively;
- Do not expose yourself to the sun for 3 months;
- Obey your prescription instructions.