Abdominoplasty, more commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure performed to remove excess fat and skin in the mid and lower sections of the abdomen. By tightening the muscles and reducing the skin in these areas, this procedure greatly improves the shape and contour of your stomach.
Abdominal surgery is suitable for both men and women of all ages. Nevertheless, patients are typically younger women with loose skin or weak muscles in their midsection (sometimes with stretch marks), a slight excess of subcutaneous fat or those who’ve had one or more pregnancies.
In certain cases, this operation can be covered by your health insurance plan. Speak with your plastic surgeon to find out if you’re eligible.
Improving your figure and your self-confidence
Here are just a few of the benefits associated with this procedure:
Let your doctor know if you’re taking any medications, have varicose veins, have any allergies or if you’ve ever had phlebitis. It’s also important to disclose any smoking habits as well since the instances of problems occurring during surgery and healing are more common in smokers.
You’ll need to stop taking aspirin or anti-inflammatories during the two weeks before and the first week after surgery. This will keep bleeding to a minimum during and after the operation. Shower or bathe using disinfectant soap the day before and the day of surgery. Lastly, on the day of your arrival, dress in comfortable clothing and don’t wear any makeup or jewellery.
Abdominoplasty is performed under general anaesthesia and usually takes only one to three hours, depending on your size. During the operation, the surgeon removes the excess fat and tissue around the abdomen, tightens any stretched muscles and pulls the skin down towards the lower abdomen. This procedure involves a horizontal incision that leaves a scar along the bikini line.
Your doctor will prescribe painkillers following your surgery to lessen any discomfort. Once you return home, you’ll need to rest for about two weeks to allow the tissue to properly heal and to prevent seroma (a build-up of fluid under the skin). You’ll also need to wear a compression garment for about one month to reduce oedema and to allow the skin to reattach itself to the muscles. In addition, you’ll need to sleep on your back with your knees bent to avoid straining your stitches. You’ll be able to go back to work two to four weeks after the surgery, but you’ll need to wait one to two months before resuming any sports activities.
Though rare, a tummy tuck can involve certain complications. Rest assured, our experienced staff is able to quickly address
and treat any complications that may arise, such as:
At the Centre de Chirurgie Plastique de l’Île-des-Sœurs, Dr. Gilles Beauregard and his experienced staff provide the highest quality of care and services when it comes to cosmetic and plastic surgery. The personalized approach of our surgeons will have you looking and feeling great in no time at all. For more information or to book a consultation, contact us today.