Abdominoplasty, which is also referred to as a tummy tuck, is one of the most commonly performed esthetic procedures nowadays. The procedure flattens the sagging skin and tightens the relaxed muscles of the abdominal wall and removes the excess fatty tissue resulting in a tighter, flatter and a more harmonious silhouette. Patients mainly consider this procedure when all other methods, such as exercising, dieting and lifestyle modifications fail to give them the desired waistline and a flat and toned abdomen. Therefore, aging factors, genetics, previous pregnancies and lifestyle regimens may lead to skin flaccidity, as well as stretch marks, muscle weakness and abdominal flaccidity or deformity.
Abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia. The surgery involves a curving horizontal incision that extends the entire width of the abdomen just above the pubic area; tightening of the abdominal muscles; repositioning of the umbilicus and removal of excess skin. Tummy tuck will result in a flatter, firmer abdomen and a contour that is adequate to your body type. The final scar becomes the new “bikini line” and will be concealed by clothing.
After surgery, there will be some degree of bruising, discomfort and swelling for a few days. Strenuous activities must be avoided for several weeks and a compression garment must be worn for the recommended period of time. Dr. Said will give you detailed instructions on how to best handle your recovery.
Like any surgical procedure, abdominoplasty is relatively safe, but it might be associated with possible side-effects. Some of the complications associated with tummy tuck include bruising, swelling, infections, wound dehiscence, seromas, numbness, hematoma and unfavorable scarring.
Tummy tuck results can be long-lasting, especially if a proper lifestyle, well-balanced diet and a healthy weight are maintained after surgery.