Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) procedure

Step 1 – Anesthesia

The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.

Step 2 – The incision

A full tummy tuck procedure requires a horizontally-oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairline and navel. The shape and length of the incision will be determined by the degree of correction necessary.
Through this incision, weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and sutured while excess fat, tissue and skin are removed. A second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen.

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Step 3 – Closing the incisions
Sutures, skin adhesives, tapes or clips close the skin incisions.

Step 4 – See the results

Your abdominoplasty procedure will result in a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight.
The final results may be initially obscured by swelling and your inability to stand fully upright until internal healing is complete.
Within a week or two, you should be standing tall and confident about your new slimmer profile.

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Step 5- Post Operative Care & Recovery

After surgery you will have to stay in bed for approximately 3 days. Whilst in bed you will be advised to lay with your legs in a bent position to help reduce the strain on the abdominal area. The abdomen may be dressed with bandages and you will experience some pulling across the abdomen.
A supportive abdominal binder or compression garment can minimize swelling / bruising, and support the repaired tissues, must be worn for approximately 3 months. You may not be able to stand straight for some time due to the pulling, but it is important that you start walking for short periods as soon as possible after surgery. This will help to normalize the blood flow.
Surface sutures are removed after approximately 7-10 days and deeper sutures may remain for up to 14 days before being removed. Your surgeon will give you directions on bathing and changing your dressing. The extent of the post operative swelling and bruising depends on whether you tend to bruise or swell easily. Every person is different.
It is important not to perform any strenuous activity after surgery to avoid putting unnecessary strain on the wound. Tension can stretch your incisions and increase scarring. Your surgeon will discuss with you when you can return to your normal daily activities. The recovery period is usually about 2 weeks. While there may still be some swelling and bruising, most people are happy with the result and return to work after approximately 4 weeks. You should consult your surgeon as to when you may return to work. Patients are advised to avoid all forms of nicotine for a month or longer prior to surgery and also during the recovery period.