Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
It helps to remove the excess skin and fat deposits that appear as a consequence of pregnancies, old age and obesity, when the whole abdominal area is affected. When the affected area is smaller, located at the lower section of the abdomen below the navel, it is better to perform a mini-abdominoplasty.
It removes stretch marks or scars that may be in the area. If necessary, the abdominal muscles may be tightened by means of a vertical fold in the middle, this will make your abdomen look firmer and your waist narrower. At the same time, it may also help to solve preexisting problems, such as hernias or eventrations.
The surgeon makes a long incision across the abdomen right above the pubic area. Usually, the incision has a curvature that is similar to the outline of a bikini so that the future scar will be easier to conceal under your underwear. In most cases it is necessary to make a circular incision around the navel so that it will remain in its original place, in spite of the shifting of the rest of the abdominal skin.
Then, the surgeon separates the skin from the abdominal wall all the way up to the ribs, exposing the abdominal muscles. These muscles are tightened by bringing them close together and joined in the middle vertical line; this will make your abdominal muscles firmer and your waist narrower. The skin that was separated is stretched towards the pubis, the excess skin is removed and the navel is placed in its new position. Finally, the surgeon makes the sutures, and applies a bandage and a temporary drainage tube to eliminate the excess fluids This is an ambulatory procedure.
Anesthesia: Peridural or general anesthesia is used.
Surgery length: Between 2 and 4 hours, according to the complexity of the case
It is not suitable for treating obesity.
It is not used for removing fat deposits when they are small and the skin has a good elasticity. If this is your case, and diets and physical exercise do not produce the desired results, liposculpture is the right thing for you
The results of tummy tuck surgery are permanent and very satisfactory. Your abdomen will be flatter and firmer. In spite of the resulting scars, when most patients evaluate the outcome, they feel that the benefits obtained far outweigh the negative aspects.
Mini Tummy tuck
It eliminates the excess skin and fat from the lower part of the abdomen, that is, the section below the navel. If your problem is that persistent roll of fat showing above your bikini, this is the right procedure for you.
The surgeon makes a horizontal or slightly curved incision of approximately 6 inches (15 cm), just above the pubic hair. He separates the skin of the lower section of the abdomen, between the pubis and the navel, from the underlying tissues. He cuts the excess skin and sutures, without having to stretch the skin first. Since there is no tension, the wound tends to heal without any complications. Finally, before a bandage is applied, he places a temporary drainage tube that will help eliminate the excess fluids. This is an ambulatory procedure
Anesthesia Local anesthesia and complementary sedation, or general anesthesia.
Length of mini tummy tuck surgery About one hour.