What is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck can refer to a number of different types of procedures. Collectively known as abdominoplasty, these procedures aim to tighten and shape the appearance of the abdomen and stomach. The techniques that are used to accomplish these goals include liposuction, reshaping and reconstructing the muscles of the stomach and other cosmetic procedures. The abdominoplasty procedure is not used to address any health concerns specifically, but is rather used only to help adjust the appearance of the stomach.
What does a Tummy Tuck entail?
Tummy tucks are designed to be minimally invasive, if possible, and to leave as little scars as possible. This means that the number of incisions used to make the adjustments to the underlying tissue is kept to a minimum. In many cases, a single incision is made at the base of the stomach to allow endoscopic instruments to be inserted. These instruments can then be used to help move the muscles and other tissue. Liposuction can also be performed through this same incision hole.
Who is a candidate for the Tummy Tuck procedure?
The ideal candidate for a tummy tuck is a healthy adult who is not exceedingly overweight. Tummy tucks are not designed as weight loss procedures, and may in fact not work properly on individuals who are significantly overweight or obese. Therefore, it's important that the individual be otherwise healthy. The presence of underlying health concerns can sometimes increase the risk of surgical complications during and after the procedure as well. If you are interested in obtaining a tummy tuck, you will need to speak with a cosmetic surgeon to have an evaluation.
How is a Tummy Tuck performed?
The tummy tuck surgery begins with the application of an anesthetic. The anesthetic is typically a general anesthetic, although local anesthetics may also be used in certain cases. After this, a small incision is made at the bottom of the stomach or abdomen. The tools are then inserted into the incision hole to make adjustments as necessary. Liposuction is often completed first, if it is to be included in the tummy tuck procedure. Once the adjustments have been made, the incision is closed up with stitches and dressed.
Disclaimer: This information is intended only as an introduction to this procedure. This information should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor does it guarantee results of your elective surgery. Further details regarding surgical standards and procedures should be discussed with your physician.