Preparing for Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Abdominoplasty, or “tummy tuck” is an excellent and very effective operation for correcting many abdominal deformities. The following are corrected or greatly improved:
- Excess skin/ skin apron
- Stretch marks (especially those located below the navel)
- Ill- defined waist line (“hour glass shape improved/created)
- Prune-like or wrinkly skin, especially above the navel
- Old surgical scars
- Weakened abdominal wall that is not responsive to sit-ups/crunches
Abdominoplasty is a large operation that must be done under general anesthesia for your comfort and safety. Although no muscle is cut, the muscle layer is strengthened with sutures, and to protect this repair, you must be ready to avoid heavy lifting & straining for at least six weeks.
Because most of the work is done beneath the skin surface, drain tubes are necessary until the surgical area heals adequately. The drain tubes may be in for several weeks and you need to be aware of this. An abdominal binder must be worn for about four to six weeks. There is significant post-operative pain involved with this procedure, especially for about the first week. The pain cannot be completely relieved during this period (without administering general anesthesia), but with powerful narcotic analgesics and other medications, you should expect to be quite comfortable.
It must be emphasized that especially during about the first week and perhaps longer you will need help. Post operative recovery planning is very important for a safe and successful surgical experience.
Abdominoplasty requires a large commitment from both of our parts, but the potential reward is a remarkable improvement in your figure. Only with a physical examination, and careful examination of your medical history, goals and expectations can we determine if abdominoplasty would be the most appropriate procedure for you.