What is a tummy tuck?
It is a surgical procedure, performed for cosmetic reasons to improve the abdominal region’s (tummy’s) shape. In medical terminology, it is known as abdominoplasty.
This procedure involves the removal of the loose skin, excessive fat and tightening of the abdominal muscles. The outcome of this procedure leads to a firm and smooth abdominal profile.
The tummy takes a saggy and loose appearance usually due to
- Weight gain or loss
A point to remember is that a tummy tuck is not a substitute for appropriate exercise or weight loss.
Who is a right candidate for a tummy tuck?
The ideal candidates for this procedure are those individuals having the following criteria:
- Healthy individuals with a stable weight
- Excessive abdominal fat with or without excessive or loose skin
- Having concerns about their tummy’s appearance
- Having abdominal laxity due to ageing or pregnancy
- Diet and exercising have failed to remove the belly protrusion
How is a tummy tuck performed?
A tummy tuck can be performed in 2 ways under general anaesthesia:
- Partial tummy tuck: It involves
- A large cut (incision) made across the lower abdomen
- Separation of the skin from the abdominal wall and the belly button for removal of the excessive fat and skin
- Stitching the place by pulling the remaining skin
- A full tummy tuck: A large cut is made in the pubic region
- The belly button is separated from the adjoining tissue
- The abdominal wall and the skin are separated
- The excessive fat and skin are removed
- An extended tummy tuck: Excessive sagging and hanging skin around the belly is addressed by this approach, using a much longer incision:
- The hanging skin in the lower and upper abdomen
- The flanks
- The abdominal muscles
The area is bandaged and pressure garments (corset) used. You will be prescribed medication to manage the pain. The surgical procedure can take a couple of hours (2-5) and include few days of stay at the hospital.
Up to 6 weeks may be required for full recovery, during which period you will be asked to avoid driving and exercising.
What is the cost of a tummy tuck procedure in India?
The cost of this procedure varies, depending on the type of surgery, cosmetic surgeon and the hospital chain you opt for. Prices usually start at 90,000 rupees and above. You may not get it as a part of insurance as it is a cosmetic procedure.
What are the complications associated with a tummy tuck?
A tummy tuck will leave a scar at the site of surgery. The complications per se can include:
- Numbness in the abdominal region for several months
- Tummy pain
- Extra skin folds at the scar ends
- Problems with wound healing
- Collection of blood under the skin
Post tummy tuck procedure, go for regular check-ups to your doctor and follow the appropriate diet and exercise recommendations to maintain the results.
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