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Abdominoplasty/
Tummy Tuck

Having a slender abdomen is a goal of many men and women. This can sometimes be achieved with diet and exercise; however, the abdominal area can be unresponsive to a healthy lifestyle. Many people find that after ageing, weight loss, or pregnancy, they are left with pockets of fat, hanging skin, and weakened muscles in the abdomen. Even the most strenuous of at-home treatments are unable to target these abdominal issues. Tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) can be performed to surgically remove excess fat and skin from the abdomen, tighten the abdominal muscles, and reposition the umbilicus (belly button).

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Achieved With Tummy Tuck Surgery

Confidence

Having excess, hanging tissue in the abdominal region can make a person embarrassed, especially when wearing certain clothing fashions such as bathing suits and short or tight t-shirts. Summertime can be excruciating when someone is self-conscious about the appearance of their abdomen. Once excess skin and fat are removed, patients will have a more flattering midsection. They can regain their confidence and will be able to wear clothing they steered away from before.

Slender, More Contoured Abdomen

In addition to removing excess fat and skin, tummy tuck surgery is also designed to provide the midsection and surrounding areas with slender, more contoured curves. The midsection is reduced, and the abdominal muscles are tightened. Patients will achieve a more desirable and flatter abdomen.

Pre-Pregnancy Body

After pregnancy, most women develop weakened abdominal muscles as a result of the physiological expansion, and these muscles are also separated. The muscles do not always revert back to normal after childbirth and may need to be surgically repaired. The weight gained during pregnancy puts a lot of stress on the soft tissues and often results in dermal scars/striae (stretch marks) in addition to excess fat and skin. Abdominoplasty can rejuvenate the abdominal contours, repair the muscles, and remove stretch marks from the lower abdomen to help a woman restore her abdominal appearance after childbirth.

Techniques

Standard Tummy Tuck

  • An incision is made along the lower abdomen (concealed by underwear) and around the umbilicus.
  • The abdominal “apron” is lifted up towards the rib cage.
  • The underlying rectus muscles are repaired and tightened.
  • Excess skin and fat are removed, and the umbilicus is repositioned.

Lipo-Abdominoplasty

  • The standard tummy tuck is combined with liposuction.
  • Liposuction involves the use of a small, thin tube (cannula) to break up and remove fat cells from the midsection, flanks, and surrounding areas.
  • The abdominal muscles are tightened, and excess skin and fat are removed.
  • The result is a flat, contoured tummy and waist area.

High Lateral Tension Abdominoplasty

  • The standard tummy tuck is combined with the technique of placing tension laterally on the abdominal flap and the incision extending toward the hip bone.
  • This technique provides a flat tummy and lifts the thighs, which is ideal for massive weight-loss patients who want to address sagging in the thighs.

Addressing Any Concerns You May Have

Recovery

Patients will stay in hospital for a few nights and be discharged with an abdominal garment/binder. This compression garment should be worn throughout the recovery process. Drains will be placed in the abdomen while in hospital. For the first few days after surgery, patients should rest and only go for light walks to improve circulation. Patients should designate a person to care for them and to help them move around. Light activity and work may be resumed after two weeks. Normal physical activity should be avoided for at least eight weeks.

Scars

Although tummy tuck surgery does involve a large incision, scarring can be easily hidden below the bikini area and can be concealed under most clothing. Depending on the patient’s skin tone and level of healing, scarring will fade and become less noticeable with time.

Cost

Dr Zoumaras offers customised tummy tuck surgery designed to meet each patient’s individual goals. Depending on the patient’s anatomy and the extent of the procedure, pricing will vary. The cost will also differ based on hospital fees, anaesthesia fees, and other related fees.

Pain

Minimal pain and discomfort are normal after surgery. For the first few weeks after a tummy tuck procedure, you should expect some soreness, tightness, and swelling. Medication will be provided to alleviate any pain.

Faq

The best candidates have excess fat and hanging skin in the midsection as well as weakened abdominal muscles that they would like to correct. Candidates should also be in good health and have realistic expectations.

Dr Zoumaras recommends that patients maintain a stable weight for at least three to six months before undergoing tummy tuck surgery. Women who are interested in a tummy tuck should not be planning on any future pregnancies. Although it is possible to have children after tummy tuck surgery, subsequent pregnancy will reverse the results of surgery and stretch out the abdominal muscles and tissues.

Yes. After surgery, you will be closely monitored for a few days in hospital and then be able to return home.

Tummy tuck results are permanent as long as patients maintain their body weight and a healthy lifestyle. Significant weight gain can negatively affect the results of tummy tuck surgery.

Tummy tuck surgery is effective in removing the abdominal stretch marks below the belly button.

Yes. Tummy tuck surgery is commonly performed with liposuction as well as other body contouring procedures such as breast augmentation surgery and breast lift surgery. When performed together, these procedures are often referred to as a “Mummy Makeover.”

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