As we age, our bodies change. It means that our muscle mass is reduced, and we store more fat quickly due to a slower metabolic rate. Abdominoplasty, commonly known as Tummy Tuck, is a surgical procedure for removing stubborn excess fat. It helps eliminate the excess skin and stubborn fat from the abdominal region and tightens the muscles. As a result, the targeted area’s contours improve, and it becomes sculpted, toned, and slimmer.
Aim of the Treatment
A Tummy Tuck procedure aims to tone and sculpt the abdominal area for a youthful, taut look. Moreover, excess skin and fat are removed during this procedure, and any separation of the rectus diastasis muscles is repaired. Moreover, this surgical procedure can be combined with Liposuction. The combination treatment can be customized for each individual to deliver a perfectly contoured stomach.
Some effective techniques used for Abdominoplasty are discussed below:
If a patient’s problem is extra fatty tissues in the abdomen area instead of sagging skin, Liposuction is an excellent alternative to Tummy Tuck. It removes the excess fat in the tummy area and improves its contours, leaving minimal scars.
Also known as the Traditional Tummy Tuck, it is the most common Tummy Tuck technique. During the treatment, the surgeon makes an incision in the bikini line and around the belly button. The belly button is also repositioned in this surgery.
Mini Abdominoplasty (Mini Tummy Tuck)
This treatment is a less invasive version of traditional surgery. It is designed to correct smaller areas of loose skin below the belly, along with the correction of lax and bulging muscles. During the treatment, the surgeon makes a small incision along the bikini line to remove the loose skin. This incision resembles the one made during a cesarean section. On the other hand, a small incision is also made above the belly button, used for muscular repair.
This treatment combines the Traditional Tummy Tuck procedure with 3-D Liposuction to:
- flatten the tummy
- get rid of love handles
- sculpt the waist
In order to achieve optimum results for reshaping and contouring the stomach, Liposuction is combined with Tummy Tuck.
Areas Treated with Abdominoplasty
Abdominoplasty helps treat the following areas:
- Upper abdominal area
- Lower abdominal area
- The ‘belt line’ – from front to back around the midriff
- Entire stomach, lower back, and buttocks
- The underlying abdominal muscles
Are you an ideal candidate?
Sometimes, Liposuction or another procedure may be more suitable for patients. So, it is crucial to be guided by a qualified surgeon experienced in performing Tummy Tuck surgery.
Generally, good candidates for Tummy Tuck include patients:
- suffering from skin laxity due to multiple pregnancies
- having excess skin with loss of elasticity
- with the separation of the rectus muscle or abdominal hernia causing their abdomen to ‘bulge’
- having lost a lot of weight (50lb or more), usually from bariatric surgery
- with loose, sagging, and excess flaps of skin in the abdominal area or waistline
During your pre-op visit, the surgeon will guide you about all the essential factors associated with the surgery. For instance, which technique is suitable for you and what you can expect from the surgery. However, some general instructions are as follows:
- Get all the prescribed lab tests done.
- Follow a healthy diet regimen.
The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, and the duration varies for each patient depending on different factors. The step-by-step procedure of a Tummy Tuck is as follows:
First of all, the surgeon will administer anesthesia. Generally, Tummy Tuck surgery is performed under general anesthesia. However, if it is performed using the endoscopic method, local anesthesia can also be used.
After administering anesthesia, the surgeon makes incisions in the treatment area. The nature of incisions may vary depending on the type of surgery. Generally, the incisions are made:
- Horizontally between the pubic hairline and belly button and around the navel for Traditional Tummy Tuck
- Horizontally between the navel and pubic hairline for a mini-abdominoplasty
- In or around the belly button and along the pubic line (endoscopic method)
After making the desired incisions, the surgeon does the following to improve abdominal appearance:
- Removal of excess skin and fat and tightening of abdominal muscles in a full abdominoplasty
- Removal of excess skin and fat in lower abdomen and tightening of abdominal muscles in mini-abdominoplasty
- Tightening of abdominal muscles in endoscopic abdominoplasty
Finally, incisions are closed with stitches.
The patient should follow the following post-op precautions for a quick recovery after abdominoplasty treatment:
- Avoid unnecessarily touching and rubbing incisions and keep them clean and dry.
- In order to reduce discomfort or swelling, use cool compresses.
- Take proper rest after the procedure for 24-48 hours.
- Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
- Only use the prescribed medicine regularly as instructed by the plastic surgeon.
Recovery and Results
Patients can leave the hospital after a few hours or stay overnight based on their preference. Either way, the patient will need to see the surgeon regularly during their recovery period for wound management and check-ups.
First sessions with your surgeon will be 24-48 hours post-surgery to check for dressings and drain to be removed, and a compression garment fitted.
- Patients should rest for 2-3 days after the surgery.
- The drainage tubes, placed under the skin to remove the blood and excess fluid, will be released in 2 to 5 days, based on results.
The Tummy Tuck procedure results are long-lasting and permanent if appropriately maintained by following the post-care sessions. However, for women, subsequent pregnancies after the treatment can undo the effects of this treatment.
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Benefits of Tummy Tuck Treatment
The Tummy Tuck surgery delivers promising results. Generally, the following results can be expected after the treatment. Abdominoplasty offers:
- A tighter and slimmer waistline
- Removal of stretch marks from the abdomen
- A flattened, firmer, and more toned tummy
- Improved body contours
- Improved posture
- Long-lasting results
- A boost in confidence and self-esteem
Cost of Abdominoplasty in Dubai
Tummy Tuck treatment’s actual cost depends upon the extent of treatment, the surgeon’s expertise, type of clinic chosen, patient’s expectation, and many other things.
At Euromed Clinic, the average starting price of Tummy Tuck in Dubai is 30000 AED. However, to know the actual cost of this treatment for your case, you can have a free consultation session with one of our experts.
Tummy Tuck FAQs
What does the procedure entail?
In a typical tummy tuck or abdominoplasty procedure, the extra skin, tissue, and fat are surgically removed. Moreover, the surgery restores weakened or separated muscles thereby creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer. The ultimate goal is to remove the fat and shape up the body.
Is there an Pain after tummy tuck?
In the past, the tummy tuck surgery was used to be much painful but it is not the case today. The technique has now become safer and anesthesia makes it painless. The patient will feel no pain during the surgery. The long-lasting local anesthesia can limit the pain for the 3 days. This will make the recovery smooth and easy.
What is the difference between full and mini tummy tuck?
In a mini tummy tuck, a small portion of skin is removed in the lower abdomen without incising around the belly button or tightening the muscles above the belly button. In a full tummy tuck, the excess skin and fat are surgically removed from the pubic bone to the navel. Moreover, it also involves the tightening of abdominal muscles.
Cost of tummy tuck greater than liposuction?
In general, the tummy tuck surgery costs more than the liposuction of the abdomen area. For some clinics, the cost of tummy tuck is double than the cost of liposuction for the abdomen.
How Long is the recovery after a tummy tuck?
The recovery is an important period after all surgeries. The type of recovery may be different for different people. The recovery will be easy and quick if the muscles are not repaired. The patient will be able to drive a car within a week if there are no complications. The patient will be able to perform activities that require less body movement. For some patients, it will be required to take 2 to 3 weeks off work to let the body heal properly. After this time, the person will be able to take short walks, some exercises, and gentle peddling on a bike. Most of the patients will feel normal and return to routine life after 6 to 8 weeks.
Will the result last?
The tummy tuck procedure delivers long-lasting and natural-looking results. The patient has to maintain the weight and adopt a healthy way of living to retain the results of the surgery.
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