Man has always been amused by the way our Creator had conceived the human body. This could be appreciated in the works of eminent artist and sculptures, particularly during the renaissance time. The human body with its curves and contours as we portray it in our mind should be complete and flawless. However, nothing in this world is created with inestimable beauty. As we witness the changes that our body would undergo through time. In particular our abdomen, this would be skin laxity, fat deposits at the middle and lower abdomen and protrusion of the abdominal musculature. This is brought about by multiple interrelated causes; such as ageing, pregnancy and massive weight loss.
The abdominal transformation that we incurred through time could be address by abdominoplasty or commonly term as tummy tuck. Abdominoplasty can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, but it would not necessarily change your looks to match your standard, or cause other people to treat you differently. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon. Prospective patient that are good candidate for this procedure are men and women with large fat deposits and / or loose abdominal skin that would not respond to diet and exercise. This procedure will particularly benefit women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can not return to normal. Loss of skin elasticity in older patients, which frequently occurs with slight obesity, can also be improved. Tummy tuck can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen and also tighten lax and / or excess skin.
Tummy tuck is a body contouring procedure that can be performed on an inpatient or outpatient basis using general or regional anesthesia. The procedure does produce a permanent scar that usual extends from hip to hip. A horizontal incision is made at the lower abdominal area, from hip bone to hip bone along the “bikini” line, just above the pubic area were the resulting scar could be concealed by clothing. A second incision is made to free the navel from surrounding tissue. Initially, the surgeon gently separates the skin and subcutaneous fat from the abdominal wall, and the abdominal muscle and fascia are tightened with plication sutures to lessen the protrusion. The excess skin and fat are removed then flap is closed by layers of sutures. A tube drain may be left in place for several days. A mini or partial tummy tuck is used to remove fat deposits near the navel, the incision is much shorter and the navel may not be moved, although it may be pulled into an unnatural shape as the skin is tightened and stitched. This procedure is sometimes conducted endoscopically. In which a small incision is made near the belly button and excess fat is removed through it. A complete tummy tuck generally takes about 2 to 5 hours.
An elastic bandage is applied following the surgery to help prevent swelling and give comfort to the patient. In some cases, drainage tubes are inserted for the first 2 to 3 days to help remove excess fluid. There is the possibility of infection following any surgery. However, when done by a qualified plastic surgeon that is trained in body contouring, the results are generally quite positive. Nevertheless, there are always risks associated with surgery and specific complications associated with this procedure. Your surgeon will likely prescribe you with antibiotics to avoid infection in addition to any pain medication. Swelling, bruising and numbness are normal after the surgery and will subside in a few weeks to months. Patients are encouraged to begin walking right away even it they can not stand upright. Stitches are removed in 5 to 10 days, after which a support garment is used in place of the dressing. Healing from a tummy tuck is slow since this is major surgery. Most patients return to normal activity within 4 weeks. Exercise is encouraged after the initial recovery period to help tone the muscle. The scar is permanent but will fade in 6 to 9 months.