The tummy tuck procedure is also referred to as ‘abdominoplasty’ and is aimed at eliminating excess skin and fat in the abdominal area. In the majority of cases, a tummy tuck also helps in restoring disjointed or weakened muscles and creates a firmer and smoother abdominal profile.
Most people wish to flaunt a well-toned stomach and may employ extreme diet and exercise regimes to achieve this goal. But stubborn fat sometimes fails to respond to any form of exercise or diet. In such cases, a tummy tuck works as the perfect solution. Even if you are at a normal weight and have a proportionate body structure, it is possible that your stomach is loose/sagging or protrudes out. An abdominoplasty works in such cases as well.
Some of the common reasons why people struggle with excess skin and fat or loose skin around their abdomen include the following:
- Former surgery
- Major weight fluctuations
Your initial consultation and preparation
For each tummy tuck candidate, Dr. Galanis schedules an initial consultation to discuss important details such as the specific surgical goals, current health status and medical conditions, treatments and drug allergies, earlier surgeries, and lifestyle habits such as alcohol and tobacco use.
The initial consultation will also include an evaluation of your overall health status, risk factors, and pre-existing medical conditions. This will help the doctor assess your options for the best surgery results.
Tummy tuck procedures are usually scheduled to be executed in accredited surgical facilities, hospitals or licensed ambulatory surgery centers. The procedure could go on for anywhere between 1 to 5 hours, depending on each individual case. A patient may also need to plan for an overnight stay at the surgical facility or hospital.
A tummy tuck is typically performed under the effect of general anesthesia so that no pain is felt during the surgery.
After the tummy tuck procedure is completed, your surgeon may apply bandages or dressings to the incisions in order to aid recovery. A special compression garment or elastic bandage may also be prescribed for wrapping around the operated area. This will help in minimizing swelling while also supporting the abdomen which is healing after surgery.
The recovery procedure generally involves the temporary placement of thin, small tubes underneath the skin for draining any extra fluid or blood that might be accumulated. You would need to take note of the specific instructions given by your surgeon with regards to caring for the surgical site as well as the drains. Medicines may be prescribed to support recovery as well.
Dr. Galanis recommends that patients should slowly get back to their normal routine rather than rushing into it at once. It is important to note that the recovery time for complete abdominoplasty is usually longer as compared to that of mini abdominoplasty.