An abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is a major surgery that removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen. The surgery also tightens muscles. It can be appropriate for women who have had many pregnancies or anyone who has lost a lot of weight.

What is abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) ?

An abdominoplasty is a procedure that flattens your abdomen by removing extra fat and skin and tightening muscles in your abdominal wall. This surgical procedure is also known as a tummy tuck. Tummy tucks can be thought of as “mini” or more involved procedures depending on the amount of skin and fat. It’s important to educate yourself, thoroughly analyze your own situation, and take your time arriving at a final decision. The procedure shouldn’t be used as an alternative to weight loss.


Who are the best candidates for an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) ?

A tummy tuck is suitable for both men and women who are in good general health overall and are at a stable weight. It’s best to be a non-smoker.

A tummy tuck shouldn’t be confused with a liposuction (the cosmetic surgery used to remove fat deposits), although your surgeon may choose to perform liposuction as part of a tummy tuck. Women who have muscles and skin stretched after several pregnancies may find the procedure useful to tighten those muscles and reduce that skin. A tummy tuck is also an alternative for people with a history of obesity and who’ve had significant weight loss, but still have excessive fat deposits or loose skin in the abdominal area.

Which patients can benefit from tummy tuck?

Women who have excess loose skin as a result of pregnancy, or any person having increase fat and skin in the lower part of the tummy can get good results from this procedure. It produces a significant change in the waist line and reduces the waist by several inches. Patients with poor genital hygiene due to overhanging apron of skin also get good benefit from this procedure.

How is Tummy tuck done?

Usually it is done under General anesthesia. It takes around 3 to 4 hours as sometimes, it has to be combined with liposuction to reduce fat in other parts of the tummy and around the waist. After the surgery the patient has to stay in the hospital for 1 to 2 days.

Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)

What are the side effects of Abdominoplasty ?

Pain, bleeding, infection, swelling and sometimes wound formation can occur.

What is the downtime of Abdominoplasty ?

It takes about 2 to 3 weeks for the patients to return to work after this surgery.

What is the cost of Abdominoplasty/tummy tuck ?

Cost varies from patient to patient. Exact cost can be determined after assessment.

Self-care at home after abdominoplasty 

Be guided by your medical practitioner, but general self-care suggestions include:

  • Rest as much as possible
  • follow all instructions on looking after your wound
  • avoid strenuous exercise or heavy lifting for at least one month
  • Report any bleeding, severe pain or unusual symptoms to your medical practitioner.


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