Tummy Tuck Surgery
Facts that you should know about Tummy Tuck Surgery:
Tummy tuck is a surgical procedure to reduce the excess skin and fatty tissue from the lower part of the abdomen and to tighten muscles of the abdominal wall. The best candidates are usually women who had multiple pregnancies and have stretched their abdominal skin so that it won’t retract back and can return to normal. Therefore, it is advisable to wait until you have finished having children before you could proceed with Abdominoplasty.
Tummy Tuck is not a quick treatment for being overweight. People who are overweight and do wish to lose weight should postpone all forms of body contouring surgery until they have been able to maintain their weight loss.
Plastic surgeons do use different techniques to perform Tummy tuck surgery. In fact, Abdominoplasty can be combined with Liposuction, and can be also combined with other elective surgeries like Breast augmentation. However, it is important to mention that liposuction or so-called Suction assisted lipectomy surgery may be an alternative to Tummy tucks surgery if there is good skin tone. Unfortunately, this is usually not the case in older patients who have loss of skin elasticity.
Your choice and decision to undergo an Abdominoplasty should be based on the comparison of the risk to potential benefit. You really need to discuss all the risks and complication with Dr Mounir to make sure that you understand all possible consequences of abdominoplasty
You should understand that:
Althoughthousands of tummy tuck surgeries are performed successfully each year, nevertheless, there are always risks associated with surgery and specific complications associated with this procedure:
– Bleeding: Although uncommon, it is possible to experience a bleeding during or after surgery. Should you experience bleeding after the surgery, you may require emergency surgery to drain accumulated blood. It is important that you do not take any anti-inflammatory medication or aspirin for one week before the surgery.
– Infection is also uncommon, however, should an infection happen, you will be given a course of antibiotic. Additional surgery such as abscess drainage may be necessary. The risk of infection increases when Abdominoplasty is performed in combination with others procedures.
– You may experience some changes in skin sensation especially in the lower part of the abdominal area, which may not resolve after the surgery.
– You will have permanent scars: Sometimes however abnormal scars may result. Scars may be unattractive and of different colour than surrounding skin (hypertrophic). You should be aware that most surgeons will make a long incision from hip to hip, just above the hair line of pubic area. A second incision is made around the navel.
– You may experience wound healing Delay. Some areas of the abdomen may not heal normally and may take a long time to heal. Some areas of skin may die (necrosis). This would require frequent dressing changes or most likely more surgery to remove the dead tissue. Therefore, Smokers should be advised to stop, as Nicotine may increase the risk of complications and delay healing. You can reduce your risk of complications by following your Dr Mounir’s instructions before and after the tummy tuck surgery, especially with regard to when and how you should resume physical activity.
– You may also experience Seroma, which is a Fluid collection in between the skin and the abdominal wall. Should this problem occur, it might require drainage of the seroma with a needle-aspiration.
– Navel-Malposition, scarring, unacceptable appearance or necrosis of the umbilicus (navel) may also occur.
A full abdominoplasty usually takes two to three hours. Usually, Dr Mounir will make a long incision from hipbone to hipbone, just above the pubic hairline. The next incision is made to free the navel from surrounding tissue. With the mini-abdominoplasty, the incision is usually shorter and the navel may not be moved, although it may be pulled into an unnatural shape as the skin is stitched.
Next, Dr Mounir separates the skin from the abdominal wall all the way up to your ribs and lifts a large skin flap to reveal the vertical muscles in your abdomen. The Abdominal Muscles are tighten by bringing them together and stitching them into a new position.
The skin flap is then pulled down and the excess skin is removed. A new hole in the skin flap is made for your ombilicus, which is then stitched in place. Finally, the incisions will be stitched and dressings will be applied.
After Your Surgery
Fort the first two weeks, the abdomen will be swollen and you’re likely to feel some pain and discomfort, which can be controlled by medication. Usually Dr Mounir will discharge you from the hospital after 24 hours. Depending on the extent of the surgery, you may have to remain in the hospital for three to four days.
You will be asked not to stand straight at first. In order to reduce the risk of thrombosis, you should start walking as soon as possible. The stitches will be removed in seven to ten days. At later stage a support garment will replace the dressing on your incision
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