Tummy tuck is also known as abdominoplasty in a medical term. As the name suggest, it is about the tucking of loose wrinkled dangling abdominal skin for the purpose of aesthetic value. This involve tightening of the skin by way of surgically cut and remove the extra skin. This a common cosmetic surgery or procedure done for the more discerning high-end customer by our center’s doctor. Tummy tuck is usually done together with liposuction as a prior procedure in the same setting.
Stop all supplement and blood thinner medication. Stop smoking and alcohol intake 1 to 2 weeks before the intended surgery. Consult the cosmetic aesthetic surgeon about your medical condition and your expectation.
General anaesthesia is the usual choice.
Spinal is another alternative great choice for the less anxious person.
Normally a tumescent fluid is administered for magnifying the tissue layers and for post operation pain relief.
In general, a liposuction is simultaneously performed to thin down the sub-cutaneous fat layer so that it is easy to pull the skin. Furthermore, it also help to enhance the result of tummy tuck further.
This is a very lengthy and technically demanding operation.
The skin of abdomen is given antiseptic and draped. An incision is given much the same way as the Cesarean Section but much lower than the bikini line. The length of incision is longer depending on the size of abdomen and the extend of the result the patient desired. The incision will reach the subcutaneous fat and do blunt dissection all the way up to the umbilical position. It can be extend further up if the patient desired in a total comprehensive tummy tuck. In this case, the umbilicus need to be migrated further upward.
The excess skin is excised. The abdominal muscle can be placated both horizontally and vertically depending on the severity of the case and the desired result.
The skin is closed in layers without under tension. Drain is usually put for faster recovery.
Must wear compression garment for 1 to 2 months. This will help to support the newly crafted abdominal wall until full healing.
Usually, the result of the tummy tuck is highly satisfactory giving rise to a flattened tummy wall and a tightened rejuvenated skin.