A tummy tuck also known as abdominoplasty is usually performed to improve the appearance of the abdomen. It could be a full tummy tuck in which case the abdominal wall muscles are tightened commonly with repositioning of the navel, or a mini tuck where the abdominal wall muscles are not tightened and the navel is usually untouched. When combined with liposuction of the abdomen, it is referred to as Lipoabdominoplasty.
Tummy tuck can be performed to remove loose, excess skin and fat, and tighten weak abdominal muscles. Stretch marks which commonly follow multiple pregnancies can also be removed during a tummy tuck procedure. Ugly lower abdominal wall scars can also be incorporated into the skin to be removed following a tummy tuck. Not everyone who wants a tummy tuck is a candidate for tummy tuck. At consultation, you will be thoroughly assessed and advised appropriately on what works for you.
A tummy tuck like any other surgery poses some risks. Some of the risks associated with this procedure include: Fluid accumulation beneath the skin (seroma). Drainage tubes left in place after surgery and appropriate use of compression garments can help reduce this risk. Poor wound healing . Appropriate wound closure and use of antibiotics significantly reduce the chances of wound breakdown.
Unexpected scarring. For clients prone to excessive scarring appropriate precautions are taken reduce scarring to the barest minimum possible. Scars are also placed below the bikini line to make them less conspicuous. Tissue damage or death. During a tummy tuck, fatty tissue deep beneath your skin in \ the abdominal area might get die especially in smokers. This might heal on its own or require a minor surgical procedure. Changes in skin sensation. Following a tummy tuck, it is not unusual to feel some reduced sensation or numbness in the abdominal area or upper thigh. This usually diminishes over time.
It is important to have at least two or more consultations with your Plastic surgeon before your procedure. At consultation, you will be assessed, the procedure thoroughly explained to you including the risks and benefits. Important Health tests will also be carried out to ascertain your fitness for the procedure. You will be required to sign a consent form acknowledging that you are fully aware of the benefits, risks and alternatives to the procedure.