Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is surgery done to
improve the look of the abdomen (stomach area), making it look smooth and
taut. It may involve removing excess skin, tightening the muscles or a
combination of both.
There are several variations of abdominoplasty.
Full abdominoplasty - is done when there is a lot of loose skin. The excess
skin is excised and the remaining skin is stretched and sutured. Mini
abdominoplasty - is done when there is only a small amount of excess skin.
This is excised and the remaining skin sutured. Endoscopic abdominoplasty -
is done mainly to tighten the abdominal muscles.
The surgery is done under general anaesthesia. You may need to stay in
hospital for a day or two. Your surgeon may leave drains (small pipes) in
the operated area to drain the excess fluid or blood. These will be usually
removed the next day. You could return to normal activities by 6 weeks. Any
strenuous activity should be avoided for 6 weeks. You could return to work
in about 2 weeks. The results will continue to improve till about 6 months
post surgery. You must eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly to maintain
Complications of the procedure include
pain, bleeding, infection, scarring and blood clots. Make sure to get
answers to all your questions at the consultation with your surgeon, so that
you are fully satisfied about the procedure. Dr. Anup Dhir at Image Medical
Centre has more than 30 years of experience in performing abdominoplasties
and is confident of giving excellent results.