About Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty Surgery
After pregnancy, weight loss or just plain aging, many people find themselves with excess skin and fat around the belly and decreased strength and tone of the muscles beneath. Abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” addresses these problems for both women and men. The result is improved body contour and a smoother shape to the abdomen.
The Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty Procedure
There are a few different types of tummy tucks or abdominoplasties depending on the patient’s individual needs. A full tummy tuck involves the removal of excess skin and fat, and also involves the repairing of any muscle separation if it exists (this tends to be more common after childbirth). The muscle separation involves the abdominal muscles and their tissues being pulled together and tightened – this can relieve symptoms such as incontinence or pain. Depending on where the excess skin and fat is placed incisions will generally be made from hip to hip just above the pubic area on what is known as the boxers or bikini line. Dr Bill Lyon will work towards ensuring your incisions are as inconspicuously placed as possible, but patients need to remember that the payoff for a tummy tuck is a few (hopefully well placed) scars.
A circumferential body lift is a more extensive tummy tuck and will involve an incision being made around the entirety of the lower body and can also help lift the buttock and thigh skin, although separate procedures for these areas may or may not also be required.
It is suggested you need to be at or almost at your goal weight for at least 6 – 12 months before you undergo a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty.
The Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty Recovery
A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a serious procedure and if it involves muscle repair is not just a cosmetic procedure. You should plan for at least a few weeks recovery time, with at least two weeks recommended off work – usually more like 3 or 4, with normal physical activities including exercise not recommended for at least 4 – 6 weeks after the surgery. This allows your body time to heal including the incisions and stitches. You may have drains, bruising, swelling, tightness and discomfort which Dr Bill Lyon will help you to manage with medication and after surgery care advice.
Tummy tucks or abdominoplasty are quite a common procedure and with the right surgeon and care the results can be life-changing. Contact Dr Bill Lyon today for a consultation.