Full Tummy Tuck – Remove Excess Abdomen Skin & Fat
Learn More About Tummy Tuck Surgery
A tummy tuck is the surgical removal of excess skin or fatty deposits from the abdomen, along with the repositioning of abdomen muscles into a tighter formation. This procedure is designed for those who wish to have a flatter and tighter stomach. It is also helpful in remedying the vertical separation of abdomen muscles known as diastasis, which can occur following pregnancy.
Some individuals may lose muscle tone in the abdomen causing problem areas that include sagginess, excess fat deposit or a protruding abdomen. These problems are caused by pregnancy, significant weight gain and loss, aging, or your genetic predisposition. Sometimes maintaining a healthy lifestyle including healthy food choices and exercise are not enough to eliminate these problem areas. For many individuals, a tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) is an effective solution to their problem areas.
A tummy tuck is not a replacement for a healthy lifestyle that includes moderate exercise and a healthy diet and is not considered a weight loss aid or a treatment for obesity. Tummy tucks are advantageous to individuals who have stubborn fat in their abdomen or a reduction in abdominal muscles.
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Individuals considering a tummy tuck to improve problem areas in the abdomen may identify the following challenges:
- Inability of dieting and exercise to improve the abdomen area.
- Excessive accumulation of sagging or hanging skin following weight loss.
- Loss of skin elasticity or diastases (loose abdomen muscles) due to pregnancy.
- Unsightly skin and fat deposits around the abdomen.
Can you take the time off work and other responsibilities?
Answer: Tummy tucks often have recovering times of 2 – 6 weeks. If you work in a job that requires a lot of lifting or straining you may need to modify your duties in the weeks following the surgery.
Do you take care of small children?
Answer: The first few weeks after surgery include restricted movements and weight bearing abilities. If you do have small children you will need full-time help to lift and carry them.
Are You A Candidate?
Before determining that a tummy tuck is right for you, consider the following ideal candidate qualities:
- Individuals with loose skin around the full abdomen.
- Women who have had a baby or have lost a considerable amount of weight. The expansion of the abdominal muscles due to pregnancy and weight gain can damage these muscles. This damage is irreparable and can cause the tissues to loosely hang fat and skin in the abdominal area.
- Women who are not planning on becoming pregnant. Although a tummy tuck will not affect the healthy carrying or delivery of a baby post-procedure, pregnancy after a tummy tuck can re-injure the abdominal muscles or separate the muscles repaired during a tummy tuck.
- Individuals with a body mass index that is below 35, and preferably less than 30. As the BMI increases, the complications post-surgery also increase.
- Individuals without co-morbidities or other factors that may impede healing post- surgery.
- Individuals who do not smoke.
Abdominoplasty surgery can last anywhere from one to five hours, depending on the modifications necessary and the patient’s unique physiology.
To begin the procedure, an incision is made just above the pubic bone area. The incision is horizontal across the lower abdomen (hip to hip). The skin is then stretched away from the muscle tissue, and excess skin is removed. The abdomen muscle tissue is tightened to provide a firmly contoured stomach and well-defined waistline. The incision is closed; and the skin is stitched back into place. Sometimes the procedure requires an additional incision around the navel in order to provide the best results.
Outcomes and Results
The overall outcomes and results of a tummy tuck is the elimination of excess skin and fat in the abdominal area. In comparison to a mini tummy tuck, a full tummy tuck focuses on the entire abdominal wall and is recommended for candidates with problem areas along the entire abdomen. A full tummy tuck also restructures and remodels the abdominal area and properly aligns of the abdomen muscles to produce a more flattering look. A tummy tuck tightens the abdomen. The end result of a tummy tuck is a flatter abdomen with enhanced muscle tone.
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Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time.
- The surgical sites will be covered in bandages.
- Dr. Craft will give you instructions on providing an optimal environment for wound healing
- Small tubes or drains may be placed under your skin to ensure excess fluid is safely removed from your body.
- Your surgeon or nurse will give you instructions on caring and emptying these drains.
- You may be prescribed medication to take after your surgery.
- Medication can be prescribed to relieve any pain caused by the procedure.
- The stitches will be removed shortly after the surgery depending on the procedure(s) involved.
Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery. As the body recuperates, the patient can expect some swelling, and discomfort. Your surgeon will give you instructions for follow-up appointments as necessary. Although there will be scar, your surgeon may recommend scar diminishing cream. With time the scar will become less prominent.
Normal activities can usually be resumed within two to three weeks. It may take up to a year for the body to completely adapt to the new abdominal configuration but with proper diet and exercise the striking results of the surgery will be long lasting.