Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is performed when the abdominal skin is lax and does not tighten with exercise or healthy diet. It is important to know that abdominoplasty is not a method to lose weight, but to shape the belly.
Pregnancy, frequent weight gain/loss leads to laxity of the abdominal muscles and skin and abdominal stria (vertical marks on the skin). The skin hangs over the pubis and this is an unpleasant appearance for the patient. Tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty is done for removing this excess fat and skin tissue to have a straight abdomen. Liposuction is usually combined with abdominoplasty for a better contouring of the body. The final appearance of the scar will be settled in three to six months. After the operation there can be pain, edema, a feeling of tightness is normal. It is temporary and disturbance is minimal with medications. The patients get over this period quickly. Because of the inner narrowing and tightening of the abdominal wall, the meals should be reduced. It is important to do what your doctor says for better results and less complications.
• Who is a candidate for a Abdominoplasty?
Patients with laxity and hanging in their abdominal skin and lax abdominal wall are candidates for Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) operation. Giving birth and frequent weight gain and loss are basic reasons for this situation.
• What should be done before the surgery?
Patient must quit smoking one month before the operation. Anticoagulant drugs, herbal teas and vitamin E should not be used before the operation.