What is abdominoplasty (tummy tuck, mommy makeover)?
Abdominoplasty is the surgery performed to remove the sagging excess skin and fat tissue under and immediately over the umbilical region and to repair the loosening in anterior abdominal wall. Abdominoplasty can be performed with different techniques depending on the type of deformity. Sometimes, when the surgery is combined with liposuction, better results can be obtained. Reconstruction and reformation of the belly button may be necessary for patients with excess tissue and sagging. Wound site is almost always planned to be at the exact site of the Caesarean section scar and it is ensured that the scar is hidden by underwear or swimsuit. The scar which is longer than Caesarean section scar takes its final form in 6 months to 1 year.
Who are good candidates of this surgery?
• Individuals who do not have systemic diseases,
• Patients who are not overweight,
• Patients with loose abdominal tissue and poor subcutaneous fat tissue,
• Individuals who complain of the sagging skin,
• Patients who complain of skin cracks/striae
Healing period after abdominoplasty (tummy tuck,mommy makeover)
The length of recovery from a tummy tuck can vary from person to person. Generally, it takes 3 months if not longer to feel completely recovered. Although the majority of the healing period is within the first couple of weeks, it is important to put off important plans, physical activities, and work stresses during recovery. Strenuous activities such as weight lifting, running, sports, motorbikes etc should be avoided for at least six weeks after surgery.
Below are some routine things you need to care for as you heal after your surgery:
• Compression garments;
• You will be given a compression garment to wear after surgery.
• This will reduce swelling and support the abdomen.
• It promotes healing and recovery.
• You should expect to wear this for between two weeks and two months depending on your healing progress and your surgeon instructions.
• Incision care;
• The incision wound is covered by a surgical dressing or bandage to keep it safe from the external environment.
• You will be instructed about what to do and when regarding wound care.
• You should keep your wound clean and remain gentle with it to avoid injury or bleeding.
• Any swelling, intense pain or discharge from the wound should be immediately reported to your surgeon.
• Drain care;
• A temporary tube MAY be placed in the surgical site under your skin following tummy tuck surgery.
• This is only used when required and will be removed once fluid stops accumulating.
• Antibiotics and painkillers;
• You will be given a prescription for both antibiotics and painkillers.
• These are to be taken orally to reduce the risk of postoperative infection as well as to help you manage your pain levels.
Some recovery tips following tummy tuck are:
• Take pain medication as directed