Abdominoplasty / Tummy Tuck
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Abdominoplasty / Tummy Tuck

Everyone wants to look good with the slim and trim personality. Loose, unsightly bulges in the waist and tummy area are a common problem in women, especially after their childbirth or other surgical procedures. Abdominoplasty which is also called as “tummy tuck” can resolve contours of the abdomen by surgical removal of excess skin and underlying fat.

The final result is a flatter, firmer belly with desirable waist contours and desirable personality. It also helps in removing the stretch marks present in the lower abdomen and reduced by this procedure and also helps in strengthening the abdominal musculature which becomes loose and lax because of the following pregnancy period. The final scar following surgery is hidden in the panty line as in a caesarean section. There is no requirement for the admission in the hospital because surgery will only take a short duration of period.

The procedure involves excision of excess skin along with underlying tissue and repositioning of the umbilicus. Depending on the extent of laxity, the procedure can be a mini – abdominoplasty where the umbilicus is not repositioned or a total abdominoplasty with a recreation of the umbilicus. A compression garment will be prescribed to patients and they must be worn at all time for some period and exercises are prohibited for initial few weeks.

Who is an ideal candidate?


  •   A lady with post pregnancy stretch marks and lower abdominal laxity post childbirth. Women who have had children often have loose, overhanging skin in the lower abdomen along with some amount of fat. In addition, muscles of the abdomen also become stretched out and weak following multiple pregnancies. The firm contour of the abdomen is often not restored even with weight loss and exercise and needs a surgical correction.
  •  After massive weight loss following bariatric surgery as a measure to correct loose hanging skin which has lost its elasticity. Sometimes,the lax skin circumferentially extends to the back also. These patients are then candidates for a belt lipectomy. This is often combined with other procedures such as arm lift and thigh lift.
  •  Muscle laxity post childbirths resulting in upper abdominal fullness is also corrected as a part of a full abdominoplasty. A ventral hernia or splitting of the muscles of the abdomen can occur as a result of pregnancy. This is corrected with muscle plication and repair during an abdominoplasty
Who is not a good candidate?

People who are significantly overweight need to slim down before contemplating and abdominoplasty. Also ,women who have not borne children or are still likely to have future pregnancies should not undergo this procedure. This is because the repair can breakdown during a pregnancy and skin laxity can recur.


Liposuction is beneficial for people who have fat deposits in their abdomen or other parts of their body. It is not effective for restoring skin tightness. So a person who has an issue of loose skin in the tummy following childbirths or massive weight loss requires an abdominoplasty and not liposuction alone. However ,these procedures are often performed in conjunction to achieve optimum body contouring.

Tummy tuck requires excision of loose skin mostly below the level of the navel. To achieve this, the surgeon needs and incision which is almost along the entire bikini line in front. However, the placement of the incisions is discussed extensively with the patient pre op so as to remain hidden even in their most revealing garments.

You will require a hospital stay overnight after the procedure. Depending on the extent of the surgery and the comfort of the patient, the hospital stay may extend to 2 days post op. Drains are placed during the surgery which will be removed 3-4 days post op. In the initial week to 10 days, you will be advised to avoid standing up straight and walk with a slight stoop to avoid strain on the suture line.

The recovery period for abdominoplasty is a minimum of 2 wks. After this period ,most people can return to work. A compression garment needs to be worn for a period of 3 to 6 wks. Strenuous activities like weight lifting, jogging and aerobics are restricted during this period.

Results are for the large part permanent. However, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and avoiding fluctuations in weight are important to maintain longevity of results.

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