This month, my newsletter is about abdominoplasty in my practice. You might also have heard of this procedure under the name tummy tuck.
I want to give you some insight to help you know more about this very common procedure that I often perform in my practice on both men and women
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“Abdominoplasty is a great option but should remain a last resort”
However, before you start reading this newsletter, I would like to insist on the fact that undergoing an abdominoplasty is in no way a quick fix for obesity.
I want you to keep in mind that there is no short cut to looking and being healthy.
I hope you enjoy what follows!
Tummy tuck: Who is it for?
The main goal for me when I perform an abdominoplasty is to remove sagging skin and excess fat from the middle and lower abdomen.
Additionally, I may tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall to give your tummy an overall leaner and flatter appearance.
I see many women who come to me after pregnancy or weight fluctuation. These changes have caused their muscles and skin to stretch so much over time that their body cannot resume to normal especially after a caesarean section. Tummy tuck is then a wonderful option to tighten these muscles and remove the excess sagging skin. The results are usually very good.
I also see older people in my practice whose abdominal skin has lost elasticity. Loss of muscle tone and even mild obesity can contribute to an unsightly and protruding abdomen but you need to know that a tummy tuck should be a last resort and not a quick fix to improve you figure.
In my opinion, the best candidates for a tummy tuck are healthy who have excess, diet and exercise resistant, fat in the abdominal area as well as loose skin and/or weakened muscles.
Something to remember…
Sometimes some people think they need an abdominoplasty when in fact, liposuction might give them better and more appropriate results. Of course, upon our first meeting, I will assess which procedure is best suited for your needs.
What is the recovery like?
After your tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck, the abdomen will be swollen and tender. Moderate pain can be expected for a couple of days. Pain will decrease as healing progresses. Pain and discomfort are controlled with medication that I will prescribe.
Your day surgery or hospital stay will vary from several hours to about two days, depending on the extent of abdominoplasty.
You should arrange for someone to stay with you at least for the first day after you go home and preferably for a few days after your tummy tuck as a few movements such as lifting will have a negative impact on your operation. Together we will discuss post-operative care and limitations and I will give you rules and guidelines for a perfect recovery.
I may recommend that you use a support garment or girdle at the end of the tummy tuck or during the healing period. Usually the garment is worn for two to six weeks, depending on need.
Most people take about ten days off work after an abdominoplasty. Healing is usually complete within a few months.
Did you know?
→A mini tummy tuck is an option I resort to when the excess skin and fat are mostly below the belly button. As its name suggests, it is a less complex surgery during which less skin and fat are removed. Also, the incision is smaller and I don’t need to move the belly button.
→Abdominoplasty is the one of the most popular plastic surgeries for women, but I must say that more and more men coming into my practice to undergo a tummy tuck. Women tend to undergo this procedure post pregnancy, when getting your body back becomes more a priority
→If you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck, additional combination surgeries such as liposuction also may be a great way for you to get more out of your surgery.
→Abdominoplasty is often considered as a cosmetic procedure, it may be partly a reconstructive procedure that is necessary to correct abdominal abnormalities caused by pregnancy, trauma or obesity such as tumors or hernias.
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
MBBCH (Wits), FCS Plast. Surg (CMSA)
PR. N0. 0304131
Life Fourways Hospital