Tummy Tuck: Step by Step
A tummy tuck is performed under a general anaesthetic, so you will be asleep throughout the duration of the procedure.
An incision will be made between the pubic hairline and belly button, which will go horizontally across the abdomen. The size of this incision will vary depending on how much excess skin is going to be removed.
Next, the abdominal skin is lifted and, if necessary, muscles and skin are tightened. The belly button may also be repositioned. Doing this will help to improve the aesthetic appearance of the abdomen.
Once the excess skin has been removed, the skin remaining on the upper abdomen is pulled down and the incision is closed with sutures and bandages. The skin will now appear to be tighter, and the abdomen will have a flatter appearance.
After the surgery is complete, you will be given bandages and a compression garment to wear over the incision site. This will help to ensure you get the best possible results, and will also help speed up the recovery.
You may also require liposuction during your procedure, depending on how much excess fat you have. This will be discussed during your initial consultation with your surgeon.
It is important to note that a tummy tuck differs from a panniculectomy. This is where the loose skin is 'amputated', and is suitable for those who have lost 100lb or more and now find they have medical issues as a result of the excess skin. This procedure removes the hanging skin from the abdomen. This procedure does not tighten the stomach muscles as the tummy tuck procedure does. During your consultaiton, your surgeon will be able to clarify whether you need a panniculectomy, tummy tuck, liposuction, or a combination of the procedures.
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