Abdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that is designed to remove excess skin and fat from the abdominal area, as well as tighten the underlying muscles. This surgery is typically performed on individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight, or women who have undergone pregnancy and childbirth, and are left with loose, sagging skin and weakened abdominal muscles that cannot be corrected with diet and exercise alone.
The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia and can take anywhere from 2-5 hours depending on the extent of the surgery. During the surgery, an incision is made along the lower abdomen, and the skin and underlying tissue are lifted to expose the abdominal muscles. The muscles are then tightened, and any excess skin and fat are removed. The remaining skin is then pulled down and sutured into place.
After the surgery, patients can expect to experience some pain, swelling, and bruising in the abdominal area. They may also need to wear a compression garment to help reduce swelling and support the healing process. Most patients are able to return to work and normal activities within 2-4 weeks, although strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least 6 weeks.
While abdominoplasty can provide significant improvement in the appearance of the abdominal area, it is important to note that it is not a weight loss procedure and should not be considered a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise. Additionally, it is important to discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure with a qualified plastic surgeon, as with any surgery there is always a risk of complications, including infection, bleeding, and scarring.