Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck
A protuberant abdomen can be a cause of distress for men and women alike. Once stretched by pregnancy or weight gain, the abdomen often fails to return to its original shape. Stretched beyond the capacity to return to normal, these tissues will also fail to respond to exercise or diet programs. In these cases, abdominoplasty can provide a long term solution.
Abdominoplasty or ‘tummy tuck,’ is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the overly stretched muscles of the abdominal wall.
Q: Who are the best candidates for Tummy Tuck surgery?
A: The best candidates for abdominoplasty are men or women who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that won't respond to diet or exercise. The surgery is particularly helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal. For those who have experienced a massive weight loss, overhanging skin also requires this surgery. Many patients combine their tummy tuck with other cosmetic procedure such as liposuction, breast augmentation or breast reduction surgery.
Q: What are the various procedures to get a flat tummy?
A: There are three basic techniques used to flatten a protuberant abdomen. The best technique for you will depend largely on your goals and your specific problem. If there is moderate amount of fat and skin tone is good without sagging, Liposuction alone can produce a thin abdominal wall. If your laxity and excess skin is below your navel, a mini tummy tuck may be right for you. For those with severe laxity of their abdominal muscle or excessive skin, a full tummy tuck may be their only solution.
Q: How is the abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck surgery performed?
A: A tummy tuck is usually performed under epidural anesthesia with the patient sedated. A full tummy tuck involves an incision around the belly button and another incision that runs from hip to hip. Your entire abdominal wall is tightened with permanent sutures and the excess skin and fat is removed. Small drains are placed to eliminate fluid buildup. Snug elastic bandages are then applied to the area.
Q: How is the recovery after tummy tuck surgery?
A: Bed rest for two to three days is recommended. Any pain or discomfort that follows surgery can be controlled with oral medication. The drains remain in place for few days until discharge fluids decrease. Sutures will be removed in 1-2 weeks. A special abdominal support garment is advised for 4-6 weeks. The scar on lower abdomen will fade significantly over time. Most patients are back to work within one to three weeks, depending on the degree of surgery.
Q: What is the cost of Abdominoplasty surgery at Anticlock clinic?
A:The cost of Abdominoplasty surgery package at the operating facility of our clinic at Landmark hospital, Chandigarh is approx 140,000 Indian Rupees (approx 2800 US Dollars).