Frequent Questions About Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Complete Abdominoplasty is performed for those requiring maximum correction. During a complete Tummy Tuck, cosmetic surgeon makes a horizontal incision low on the abdomen at the level of the pubic hair. Excess skin and tissue is removed. Any hernias or weaknesses are repaired and the abdominal musculature is tightened with stitches. The belly button (umbilicus) is left in the same position on the abdominal wall but is brought out through a new skin opening.
Modified or mini-Abdominoplasty is a more limited Tummy Tuck appropriate for people requiring lesser corrections. There is no scar around the belly button (umbilicus) and other scars are usually shorter. Your surgeon will determine the appropriate procedure at the time of your preoperative consultation.
During your initial visit to discuss Abdominoplasty with your cosmetic surgeon, be prepared to give a complete medical history including all your medications, allergies and previous surgeries. You will undergo a thorough physical examination and blood tests. If you are at or over age 40, an electrocardiogram will be required. Photographs are important aids in planning and performing your Tummy Tuck. They become a permanent part of your patient record and are taken before and several months after your procedure.
During your consultation, you will be given specific directions to help you prepare for your procedure. Instructions generally include cautions about taking certain medication and drinking alcohol, the shaving process and use of antibacterial soap. You must not eat or drink anything eight hours before your procedure. If you take daily medication, ask your surgeon if it is safe to take before your procedure. If you have any sores on your body, if you have a cold, sore throat or allergic condition, inform your surgeon so you may be examined prior to your procedure.
If you smoke, the likelihood of healing problems and other complications increases. Smokers must stop smoking completely at least two weeks prior to and two weeks after surgery. "Cutting down" is not enough. Complete cessation of smoking is mandatory. You must also stop taking aspirin or diet pills at least 2 weeks prior to surgery.
Operating time is generally two to three hours depending on the scope of your specific situation.
What form of anesthesia is used?
General anesthesia is used for all surgical procedures and is performed by a Professional M.D. Anesthesiologist.
You may return home the same day. However, it is necessary that you have
someone to pick you up after the procedure, take you home, and stay with
you for at least 24 hours.
· 3 days
· 1 week
· 2 weeks
· 1 month
· 3 months
· 6 months
· 1 year
How long before I can return to normal activity?
Most people return to their usual activities within two weeks after the procedure. Strenuous sports and high levels of intense physical activity, however, are prohibited for six to eight weeks. Be sure to check with your surgeon.