Tummy Tuck – Abdominoplasty – Frequently Asked Questions
Today we will talk a little about tummy tucking or medically known as a tummy tuck. I have many questions about this procedure. We thought we would do this video to answer some of these questions. The first question I’m asked is who are the best candidates for the procedure and I would say that for me my patients are probably the best candidates, patients who are relatively fit are pretty good at taking care of themselves and only, For the most part, we know that these are patients who became pregnant before pregnancy, have no more children, and lost weight after pregnancy. Part of their skin has returned, but there is only a small part under the navel that is really fair.
I’m not going away, there’s also a sort of second patient population, and that’s a kind of post-bariatric patient, which is a patient who either lost a lot of weight either through gastric bypass or simply through diet and diet alone and I would say that in both groups of patients there is often an extra skin under the navel, so there are some common misconceptions about tummy tucks that some people often refer to Feeling that the tummy tuck is really made to get rid of extra weight and really extra fat in the abdominal area and that’s actually not really what it is, it’s more of a skin surgery than a fat surgery.
Let’s talk a little bit about the operative details so that the tummy tuck surgery usually takes about three hours. There are some differences between patients and patients, depending on their size and the type of patient they are looking for, as the surgery is customized.
I would say that my patient population accounts for about 85% of the patients will also get some gamma liposuction in the flank areas type in the side areas just to give them a bit better a waist condition in relation to the surgery itself the design is really, to get rid of the extra skin that hangs under the navel, so I take out a wedge of elliptical shape under the navel up to the area of the pubic hairline and taking out the whole tissue wedge I take out the skin and the fat that is underneath to remove some of the fat, but it’s, as I mentioned earlier, the real purpose of the surgery to remove the skin, and after taking it out I’ll take it ab The skin above the navel lifts briefly and then pulls down to cover the area that has been resected.
Before laying down what I do, I often do a horizontal tightening – so it’s kind of. When the muscles tense into two layers during pregnancy or often gain massively, they usually become tense enough to spread and open during the tummy tuck operation as soon as we lift and access the skin I will contract these muscles to bring them back to their original configuration and put a few sutures in the area to really secure things in place so that there really is a horizontal tightening in the deeper layer and then aft After this kind of vertical tightening of the skin layer, I am often asked if I have the same navel or if I am getting a new navel, and the answer is, that I am in the vast majority Of my patients I give, I keep them with their original belly button.
The only difference is, if I pull this skin down after removing the skin underneath, I make a new small opening or like a food window where the navel can plugin. Patients who keep their own navel only have a new window, in which you can get involved, and you know that most patients who undergo a tummy tuck after surgery have a lot of bandages on them when exposed to an outside world.
Put a compression garment or stomach bandage over the area of the body Tummy tuck and the idea is really to give a bit more support to get things in position so that they heal well together during the surgery I am using are all small tubes that leak out of the skin and so to speak remove all the extra fluid that the body sometimes wants to accumulate in these areas. The outflows usually stay about two weeks or so. That, in turn, depends on the patient I say for my patient. Patients usually have a range of one of three weeks, but again the vast majority of patients are really about two weeks.
I’ll take the clinic here it’s very easy too And a lot of these bruises are swelling gone by about two weeks and so I would say, for the majority of patients who do desk work, what nowadays seems to be the majority of people. I’d say most of them I’ll be back to after the two-week mark. Some go back a little earlier a little later, but there is a pretty good time frame to remember when going back to the gym and doing all sorts of physical activity.
I would really say that the six-week mark often applies to most patients, if they can resort to it again I see patients in my practice pretty frequently after the tummy tuck, so I can monitor their healing, make sure that there are no problems. These small problems will be tackled early and I will tailor them when I see patients returning to all of these activities. For their individual healing, however, I would also give a reasonable period of six weeks to most patients for me to return Gym and can return to all these things