Abdominoplasty – TUMMY TUCK Auckland
“The human body is an instrument for the production of art in the life of the human soul.” Alfred North Whitehead
Abdominoplasty or ‘tummy tuck’ is a major aesthetic procedure performed to improve the shape and contour of the abdomen. The operation is undertaken to remove excess skin, unwanted scars, stretch marks, fat and can tighten the underlying abdominal wall muscles. After pregnancy or significant weight loss it is quite common for there to be excess skin in the lower abdomen and muscle separation. Lower back pain and lack of core strength are commonly associated with this.
Abdominoplasty therefore offers improved contouring, core strength, cosmetic appearance and confidence in clothes and is a very positive procedure.
Abdominoplasty SURGERY – FACTS
|Length of surgery||2-3 hours|
|Hospital stay||1-2 nights|
|Risks/complications of surgery|| |
Frequent: Bruising, swelling, temporary numbness, discomfort on movement/coughing
Infrequent: Infection, bleeding (haematoma), delayed wound healing, fat necrosis, asymmetry, poor scarring, seroma, skin or tummy button necrosis
5-10 days until socialising with close friends and family
|Sleeping position||Sleep on your back with pillow under your knees|
|Follow up||1 week, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months|
|Duration of results||Permanent unless followed by pregnancy or weight gain|
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The skin and muscles of the anterior abdominal wall can be stretched during pregnancy or excessive weight gain. In some people, this leaves loose skin and fat which can cause difficulty with clothing and may look unattractive. Exercise and diet can help to reverse these changes to some extent but in many people, it is difficult to get back to the shape you once had. In these instances, surgery may be helpful to tighten the muscles and remove the excess skin.
It is favoured by patients who have either experienced significant weight loss, often as a result of pregnancy and weight gain/loss factors. Over time, the skin covering the abdominal region loses its natural elasticity as it has been stretched beyond the point that it can naturally recover. The abdominal muscles can also become stretched or separated, further adding to a lack of tone. The important thing to remember about abdominoplasty is that it is not about weight loss; it is about altering the skin and muscles producing a smoother, firmer look and feel. It is important to realise that obese patients often have excessive fatty tissue within the abdominal cavity, which is behind the abdominal muscles. This cannot be removed by a conventional tummy tuck operation.
You will be responsible for adopting or maintaining a healthy lifestyle if you wish the results to remain aesthetically pleasing.
Although the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in your weight. For this reason, individuals who are planning substantial weight loss or women who may be considering future pregnancies would be advised to postpone a tummy tuck.
A tummy tuck 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.
Combining the abdominoplasty with liposuction to the waistline can enhance its effectiveness for some patients.