What is Abdominoplasty?
A tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the abdomen. During a tummy tuck — also known as abdominoplasty — excess skin and fat are removed from the abdomen. Connective tissue in the abdomen (fascia) usually is tightened with sutures as well.
What is Abdominoplasty?
Abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to make the abdomen thinner and more firm. The surgery involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen in order to tighten the muscle and fascia of the abdominal wall. This type of surgery is usually sought by patients with loose or sagging tissues after pregnancy or major weight loss.
What is the procedure for Abdominoplasty?
A tummy tuck might sound like a simple procedure, but it is major surgery. The medical term for a tummy tuck is abdominoplasty. It combines cosmetic surgery and reconstructive surgery. During the procedure, the surgeon removes excess fat and skin.
When do you see results from Abdominoplasty?
Full results can be seen 3-6 months after the initial treatment, once the skin has completely healed.
How long do results from Abdominoplasty last?
Tummy tuck results are considered permanent in that the skin and fat cells removed during the procedure cannot grow back. Likewise, any internal sutures that are placed to repair stomach muscles are designed to remain in place indefinitely.
What are the Pros and Cons of Abdominoplasty?
- Tummy tuck surgery creates a slimmer, flatter waistline by removing excess fat and loose skin.
- It repairs weak or separated abdominal muscles.
- An abdominoplasty will remove or reduce pregnancy stretch marks from your lower stomach.
- Reduction of Stress Urinary Incontinence.
- Improved Abdominal Tone and Better Posture.
- Ventral Hernia Correction
- Possible risks include:
- Fluid accumulation
- Poor wound healing
- Skin loss
- Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
- Anesthesia complications
- Skin discoloration and/or prolonged swelling
- Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
- Major wound separation
- Recurrent looseness of skin
- Pain, which may persist
- Persistent swelling in the legs
- Nerve damage
- Possibility of revisional surgery
- Hematoma (may occur in 3 to 4% of cases)
- Keloid (heavy scar)
- Suture rupture
- Visible scar
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