Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen. In addition, it often restores weakened or separated muscles to create a smoother and firmer abdominal profile. This procedure is often sought after by individuals who have experienced pregnancy, significant weight fluctuations, ageing, genetics, or prior surgeries such as caesareans, laparoscopies, or laparotomies.
During the procedure, the patient is put under general anaesthesia, and a horizontally-oriented incision is made between the pubic hairline and the navel. The length and shape of the incision will depend on the amount of correction needed. The abdominal muscles are repaired and sutured through the incision, and excess fat, tissue, and skin are removed. A second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen.
Sometimes, liposuction may be used with the tummy tuck to create a better contour. The incisions are then closed with sutures and skin tapes.
It’s important to note that an abdominoplasty is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program, and significant fluctuations in weight can significantly diminish the positive outcome of the procedure. Also, it cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised.
As with any surgical procedure, specific risks are associated with an abdominoplasty, such as bleeding, infection, poor healing, and dissatisfaction with the results. It is essential to discuss these risks with your surgeon and carefully consider if the benefits of the procedure outweigh the risks and potential complications