It can be difficult to achieve your ideal abdominal contour. Sometimes diet and exercise fail to adequately treat stubborn fat and excess skin. For these patients, liposuction also may not be enough if you have moderate to severe skin laxity or weakness of your abdominal muscles. Tummy tuck surgery is designed to remove excess tissue from the abdomen and to tighten loose abdominal muscles.
Who Can Benefit?
There are a variety of tummy tuck techniques available to help you achieve the abdominal contour you desire.
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Patients who have either naturally lost a significant amount of weight or who have undergone bariatric surgery
These individuals are closely within their ideal weight goal and have kept their weight off for over six months. Additional weight loss or weight gain after your tummy tuck can affect the quality of your results. Post-weight loss patients usually benefit from an extended tummy tuck in which excess skin from the abdomen, hips, and back is removed. An extended tummy tuck can correct abdominal skin that hangs over the pubic mound. For qualified patients, liposuction can be used to eliminate excess fat, and loose abdominal muscles can be tightened.
Women who have loose abdominal muscles and sagging skin following pregnancy
These women have had children at some point and are now experiencing abdominal muscles and skin that cannot be toned through diet and exercise. Weak abdominal muscles and sagging skin are common following pregnancy due to rapid, prolonged stretching. After pregnancy, these women would benefit most from a mini tummy tuck, which utilizes a shorter incision along the lower abdomen. Through this incision, loose abdominal muscles are sutured together, and excess skin is trimmed away to restore a firmer abdominal contour.
Patients who have skin laxity due to genetics or aging, which is resistant to toning through exercise
These individuals may experience mild to moderate skin sagging around the abdomen. They typically have skin laxity of the upper and lower abdomen as well as some troublesome fat deposits. Liposuction or direct excision can remove excess fat. An incision in the lower abdomen that extends from hip to hip and up around the navel provides access for tightening weak abdominal muscles and removing excess abdominal skin.
What Do You Desire?
Your Pre-Baby Abdomen
The rapid and prolonged expansion of abdominal skin and muscles can make it difficult to restore the body you had before your pregnancy. Many women struggle with body-image issues following the birth of their child. Tummy tuck surgery can restore the firm, attractive abdominal contours that you had before pregnancy.
A Flatter, Better Defined Abdomen
Many people struggle to achieve a toned, defined abdomen in the gym. For some, this is genetically impossible to achieve on their own. Tummy tuck surgery will help tighten the abdominal muscles and remove excess skin to reveal a flatter, more attractive abdominal contour. Liposuction may also be used to enhance abdominal definition.
Removal of Painful, Chafing Skin
Unsightly excess abdominal skin following weight loss can negatively affect your appearance. For many, low hanging skin can become painful from chafing. Removing excess skin will not only improve the appearance of your abdomen but also relieve any associated discomfort.
The ultimate goal of a tummy tuck is to restore your confidence. By improving your appearance, you will begin to feel more comfortable in your body. This is especially beneficial for women following pregnancy or for people after weight loss because their bodies are dramatically different. A tummy tuck surgery will allow you to feel more comfortable and confident in your body, which can help you feel happier and more content in your life.
Addressing Your Concerns
You may expect to experience some mild bruising, redness, and swelling following your tummy tuck. During the first week following your procedure, you will wear a compression garment to minimize swelling and improve healing. Most patients can return to work within two weeks with your surgeon’s permission, but patients must refrain from strenuous activity and exercise for at least four weeks. After six weeks, most major swelling should have subsided and your final results should be visible.
The extent of scarring will depend on the tummy tuck technique utilized. Whenever possible, incisions are placed on the lower abdomen where they are easily hidden by clothing or swimwear. Resulting scars will usually continue to fade over time.
The cost for a tummy tuck surgery varies depending on the technique used and the amount of correction needed. Surgical, anaesthetic, and hospital fees will also affect the cost of your procedure. Dr. McManamny will provide you with the specific cost for your tummy tuck procedure. Some Medicare or private health insurance rebates may also be available for you; it is recommended you check directly with your health insurance.
It is common for patients to experience abdominal discomfort for several days following a tummy tuck, but prescription medication will help alleviate this.
Before & Afters
Frequently Asked Questions About Tummy Tuck
What type of anesthesia is used for tummy tuck surgery?
Most patients require a general anaesthetic to ensure comfort and safety. For qualifying patients, an epidural anaesthetic with local anaesthetic may be used.
How long will I need to stay in the hospital following my procedure?
A one to two-night hospital stay is recommended following a tummy tuck. This time allows trained professionals to monitor your recovery and ensure patient safety.
What if I have a low hanging navel as a result of my weight loss?
Displaced navels are common with sagging abdominal skin. Dr. McManamny may reposition your navel during your tummy tuck to restore a more natural and pleasing abdominal appearance.
How long does it take to perform tummy tuck surgery?
The length of your tummy tuck will depend on the extent of correction needed. On average, tummy tuck surgery lasts around two hours.
What are the possible risks associated with tummy tuck surgery?
While complications are rare, it is possible that they may develop. The most common risks are excessive bleeding, infection, development of a seroma, or pulmonary embolism.
Dr. McManamny recommends his patients walk slowly in the days following their tummy tuck to improve blood circulations and minimize their risk of blood clots.