Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

Everyone desires a beautiful body structure. Since the ancient time, humans are trying to find different ways to remain beautiful and young. Because of the advancements in modern medicine, we have now found a lot of ways to reduce body weight and nowadays surgeries play an important role in body modification and beautification. In this article, we will discuss Abdominoplasty, which is a cosmetic surgery that helps in making the patient’s abdomen firm, flat and thin.

What is Abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty is a cosmetic surgery which involves making the patient’s abdomen firm, flat and thin. In this procedure, the excess fat, as well as skin is removed and the muscles are tightened. Abdominoplasty is also commonly known as a tummy tuck. Abdominoplasty procedure is often recommended for those patients who have lost a lot of weight and have extra skin and fat hanging on the lower abdomen. Ideally, you should only go for Abdominoplasty procedure if all natural ways to reduce fat around the abdomen has failed.

Who is a Suitable Candidate for Abdominoplasty?

A flat and thin abdomen is something that everyone wants to have as it is considered one of the best ways to show that the person is healthy and a flat abdomen also makes a person look attractive and gives a lot of confidence. Most people are often able to reduce body fat with the help of regular exercise and weight management programs. However, in many cases, such methods don’t work properly on the abdomen. Flabby tummy is common in people who have lost a lot of weight in a short span of time. This extra padding in the lower abdomen is often loose and saggy and looks unattractive.

Any surgery comes with its own side effects and Abdominoplasty is no different. You should consider Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) only as a last resort. If your doctor recommends abdominoplasty when nothing else is working, then the patient who fits the following criteria is a right/suitable candidate for Abdominoplasty:

  • For abdominoplasty, patient should have good mental and physical health.
  • Patient should be a non-smoker to qualify for Abdominoplasty.
  • If you are planning to have children in future, then you are not the right candidate for abdominoplasty and abdominoplasty is not for you.
  • If you have lost a considerate amount of weight and now nothing is working on your lower abdomen then you are an appropriate candidate for abdominoplasty or tummy tuck.

Risks Involved In Abdominoplasty

When you go under the knife there will be one side effect or the other. There is no way that any surgeon can promise you a 100% risk-free surgery. Most common complications with Abdominoplasty are as follows:

  • Complications due to anesthesia.
  • Complications because of infection post abdominoplasty.
  • Poor healing process due to improper care post abdominoplasty.
  • Sensitive skin.
  • Scars post abdominoplasty.
  • Keloid formation post abdominoplasty.
  • Repetitive abdominoplasty surgery.

What to Expect after Abdominoplasty?

As you will be under the influence of anesthesia, you will wake up only after a few hours of Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck). By that time, the abdominoplasty incision would have been covered properly in surgical dressing. In the coming weeks, you have to get the dressing changed by a professional several times. The surgeon will also provide a specially designed garment, which is known as belly binder that provides compression on the newly shaped abdomen post Abdominoplasty.

Just about 24 hours after the Abdominoplasty Surgery, you should be able to get up and walk; albeit slowly; preferably with assistance. This is a necessary step in order to prevent any clotting which may ruin the whole abdominoplasty procedure. The doctor will prescribe painkillers to ease the pain and antibiotics to prevent any infection after the abdominoplasty. During the first two weeks after abdominoplasty, you may also require surgical drains.

The initial phase of Abdominoplasty may take up to six weeks and you will see the doctor several times during this time. After six weeks your surgeon will check the abdominoplasty incision and see if the healing is proper or not. Make sure you follow all the instructions given by the doctor; such as avoiding any particular positions that may put pressure on the abdomen. Until your doctor approves, you should not do any physical work during the recovery process of abdominoplasty.

Expected Results of Abdominoplasty

Once the procedure is done and you have recovered from the Abdominoplasty Surgery, you can expect a considerably flat and shapely abdomen. As the surgeon had removed the excess skin and fats, there is virtually no chance of them to return unless there is a fluctuation in the patient’s weight. In case a woman becomes pregnant after abdominoplasty, the loose skin and fat on the belly may appear again.

Conclusion

Abdominoplasty is a cosmetic procedure which is recommended for those who have lost considerable weight or for women who have gone through multiple pregnancies and want to get rid of the flab and fat on their abdomen. Abdominoplasty has a number of risks involved and you may have to get readmitted in the hospital if you have any complication. Still, the results of abdominoplasty are much better in comparison to other cosmetic procedures available in the market. You have to take a lot of care once the abdominoplasty surgery is completed and should not do any physical exercise until your doctor approves. It is understandable that everyone wants to look beautiful and young, but when it comes to your health; you should not choose any random surgical procedure until you are completely sure about it.

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Pramod Kerkar

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, MD,FFARCSI

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Last Modified On: August 21, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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