An abdominoplasty, or ‘tummy tuck’, is a procedure aimed at removing redundant abdominal tissue, tightening the abdominal wall muscles, and reshaping the appearance of the abdomen. These issues usually occur after pregnancy or a major weight loss. An abdominoplasty targets issues related to:
- rashes that can occur under abdominal wall folds
- abdominal wall weakness
- unsightly appearance
The goal of reshaping the abdomen, tightening the abdominal wall and eliminating the excess abdominal tissue starts with being in good health, and fitness before a surgical procedure. If you plan on losing weight, aim for a weight that you consider ‘ideal’ before considering an abdominoplasty. Being in shape before this procedure will ensure an ideal outcome and quicker recovery. You should be a non-smoker, in good health, and have reasonable expectations for outcomes regarding the procedure.
This procedure usually takes a couple of hours and is performed under a general anaesthetic. In some cases, you may need to stay in hospital after the procedure for a few days to recover. Drains may need to stay in for a few days after you leave the hospital, and these can be removed in the rooms. You will need to wear a post-operative garment for several weeks to ensure a good outcome.
The recovery time for an abdominoplasty can be variable. For most people, it will be a few weeks before resuming normal activities. Exercise should be limited in the first few weeks to walking, or inclined walking, and a gradual introduction of lower impact exercise as directed. Walking and movement in the few days after the tummy tuck surgery prevent blood clots, DVTs and lung complications such as pneumonia.
As with any operative procedure, there are risks involved. The most common complications are minor bleeding, infection, wound healing problems, and some pain. The specific risks with a tummy tuck include the following:
- The scar around the umbilicus
- Feeling tired for some weeks after the procedure
- A long scar
- Scaring problems
- Swelling on the lower part of the abdomen
- Fluid collection
- Numbness around the lower part of the abdomen
- Loss of some abdominal tissue due to poor blood supply
Not everyone is a good candidate for an abdominoplasty. Dr Perron can discuss your specific circumstances and expectations, and help decide what is best for you.
Tummy Tuck Before and After Gallery
Abdominoplasty Patients of Dr Justin Perron
Often, men and women choose a tummy tuck because they cannot get rid of excess fat deposits or loose skin through their diet and exercise. Indeed, some fatty deposits can be stubborn, despite the hours in the gym you do. Also, you cannot get rid of loose skin after significant weight loss, as it has already become stretched. This can mean that men and women who manage to lose weight can feel self-conscious due to the excess skin. This is where abdominoplasty can help. It is also a surgery that can be good for after pregnancy if patients are struggling to return to their pre-pregnancy body.
The surgery will not hurt the patient as they will be under a general anaesthetic. This makes sure they are comfortable and do not have to worry. Of course, Dr Perron also makes sure that patients are as relaxed as possible before the procedure begins. Although it is normal for the stomach area to feel tender after surgery and this is something that patients should be prepared for. This can include swelling in the area. Pain relief can be an option to help ease the pain through recovery.
A lot of patients are concerning that having a tummy tuck will cause permanent scars that are noticeable on the skin. While there need to be incisions made that will inevitably leave a scar, Dr Perron tries his best to make the incisions in areas where they can be hidden. This is usually where there are folds and creases in the skin. It can also be below the bikini line. In addition, scars will always fade over time, which will make them less prominent.
Right after surgery, the stomach can be tender and slightly swollen. It is important to be patient and realise that your results will not be immediate. They will take some time. But they will gradually reveal themselves over time, which means you can see improvements at different stages. The swelling around the stomach should be diminished by six weeks and you can expect to see your final results after around three months. Any scars that you have from surgery can take around one year to fade and become less noticeable. Patients normally say that the final results are worth the wait.
After having a tummy tuck, you will notice that any loose skin you had before is gone. This will be removed during surgery. Your stomach should be more toned and firmer when you look in the mirror. With a flatter stomach and tighter skin, patients can feel more comfortable with their appearance, especially after going through life-changing experiences, such as pregnancy or significant weight loss.
Yes; the results of a tummy tuck are permanent as it is a surgical procedure. This means that you can enjoy getting rid of excess fat and sagging skin forever. However, it should be remembered that your lifestyle can affect the results of abdominoplasty. For example, if you become pregnant or gain weight, this can affect the results that you have achieved. That is why it always best to be at your ideal weight before you have surgery. This way you can enjoy your results long term. Also, you should try your best to maintain the same weight after surgery to ensure you get the most from your procedure. The last thing you want is to reverse the results.