What is Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?
Abdominoplasty, also known as Tummy Tuck, is a surgical process by which the extra skin around the area of the tummy or abdomen is removed and the wall muscles are also tightened. Many people suffer from the excess skin in their abdomen area which cannot be reduced by following any diet or physical exercises. This procedure is the last option available for those who have tried all their means in order to get a perfectly shape tummy. Abdominoplasty is a solution to the problem for those women who have developed loose skin due to pregnancy. There are mainly two types of abdominoplasties, one is partial which only focuses on the region below the navel, while complete abdominoplasties are regarded as wide and more extensive.
Who should consider a Tummy Tuck ?
- Women candidates having excess skin due to several pregnancies
- Candidates with excess abdominal skin
- Candidates having weak abdominal muscles
- Candidates having immense fatty tissue around the abdomen area
- Non-smoker candidates
- Candidates of stable health and body
- Loose skin due to ageing
- Candidates having sagging skin of hereditary issues
Procedure for Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
The different types of abdominoplasties are-
1) Complete Abdominoplasties
The surgical procedure involves making incisions making two incisions. First incision is starting from hip to hip and over the pubic area. The other incision surrounds the skin in order to make the navel free. The surgeon then separates the skin from the walls of the abdomen so as to tighten the fascia and the muscles. Further, the sutures tighten the fascia wall. Liposuction technique can also be used to redefine the abdominal figure.
2) Partial Abdominoplasty
The surgical procedure involves making a little incision and the lower abdomen fat and skin are separated from the fascia muscle. The surgeon then stretches down the skin in order to remove the extra skin. Many times a section of the muscle fascia is also tightened. Liposuction technique is also used to outline the transition zone. In the end, the flap is stitched up in its place.
3) Circumferential Abdominoplasty
This abdominoplasty comprises of both extended abdominoplasty along with buttock lift. Belt Lipectomy is a surgical operation where the scar is done around the whole body. This procedure is apt for those patients who have lost excessive weight.
Abdominoplasty is often performed with other surgeries like breast reduction, liposuction, breast lift and sometimes also with hysterectomy. ‘Mommy makeover’ is the name used for performing different breast procedures along with abdomoniplasty.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
The results after the surgery are very satisfying. The healing process can take several months and the patient has to follow a strict diet exercise and diet regime. After a year’s time, the scars will be less visible and smoother. The patient is advised to quit smoking as it can delay the healing process.
Laser surgery for Tummy Tuck
Laser Abdominoplasty Surgery ( non-surgical method) is the procedure in which lasers are used to melt the extra sagging skin of the abdomen area. The non-surgical (non-invasive) method has many advantages over the surgical tummy tuck procedure. The advantages include no or maybe small scarring, less recovery time, less pain and affordable as compared to the surgical process of tummy tuck. Another benefit is that the non-invasive method uses small lasers which can reach to every abdomen area while the large instruments in the tummy tuck (traditional process) cannot.
Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery
This surgery is performed to enhance the overall appearance of the loose sagging skin and also the stretched skin of the abdomen. This procedure is opt for those men and women who are not suitable enough for going through full abdominoplasty surgery. This involves very less recovery time and hard exercises should be avoided.
Cost of Tummy Tuck
The cost of Abdominoplasty is very affordable in India as compared to any other country in the world. The medical facilities in India are known all over the world for their medical services and the latest technologies used.