Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty Surgery in India)
Sudden massive weight loss and post pregnancy can cause the abdominal skin to droop. This can also occur in people who have undergone BARIATRIC SURGERY. Laxity of the abdominal musculature which can lead to hernias is also addressed at the same time.
Unlike liposuction which involves removing only fat allowing the skin to shrink, abdominoplasty is more extensive and is associated with removal of fat, excess skin and tightening of the musculature.
In some cases, liposuction surgery can be combined with excision of just the excess abdominal skin below the belly button (Mini Tummy Tuck). When a full tummy tuck is contemplated, contour liposuction is best done at the same time. Liposuction helps shape the thighs, back and sides. Abdominoplasty takes care of the hanging abdominal skin. Occasionally minor additional liposuction is done after the original operation as touch up provided if indicated.
Tummy Tuck Procedure
Thorough liposuction of the abdominal skin is first carried out. The excess skin then moves more easily and the skin is marked. The incision is marked within the bikini line and the excess skin is removed, the belly button is cored out. The muscles are tightened in the midline and also in the lower abdomen. If there is hernia it is repaired at this time. Separation of muscles in the midline can also be repaired. The belly button is brought through good skin and the incision closed in layers over a drain. Contrary to what you may think, the belly button is not excised during the operation.
Recovery from Tummy Tuck
Following surgery, you will put in a corset for about 6 weeks. There is a fluffy dressing over the suture line. You will feel sore for a few days but will be essentially mobile. The drains will be removed once the drainage is low. You will be discharged from the hospital in a couple of days and will be able to walk and go about your routine activities with care.
Risks of Procedure
Bleeding and infection rates are low as in any other surgical procedure. Since the procedure is more involved there might be some residual unabsorbed fluid (Seroma) which will have to be aspirated. Rarely skin necrosis, fat necrosis and delayed healing of the incisions may take place. Very rarely due to associated medical conditions like diabetes, loss of skin may require corrective procedures in the form of skin grafting. This is much more likely in people who smoke hence cessation of smoking for a few weeks is a must.
The scar is present in the bikini line and initially turns dark or red (determined by skin type). The scar fades with time and the areas become more softer.
Mobilization is very important as this prevents formation of blood clots in the legs. The earlier you are out of bed the better. Injury to deeper organs is rare as the procedure is done under direct vision. CT scan is done preoperatively to assess any weakness of the abdominal wall or pick up intra abdominal lesions that can contribute to abdominal fullness.
So if you are looking to get a Tummy Tuck Surgery in India then your best option is Cosmetic Surgery Institute at India. You may visit our centers in Mumbai and Goa for a consultation on procedures for Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Surgery by our expert cosmetic surgeons.