Abdominoplasty, or Tommy Tuck, is a cosmetic procedure to re-contour the abdomen and tighten the abdominal muscles while removing excess tissue.
When diet and exercise can't get you to the waistline you want, plastic surgeons offer the perfect way to help you achieve a flat, well-shaped abdomen.
This surgery is not covered by insurance.
Let's answer your most common questions about tummy tuck surgery:
What to expect after tummy tuck surgery?
After surgery, you will wear a tight-fitting dress that will be worn for 4 to 6 weeks after surgery to help reduce swelling. You may feel some pain or discomfort, but for most patients, the pain or discomfort after surgery can be relieved with just a few days of taking painkillers.
You will stand or lie on your back for 7 to 10 days after surgery to protect the incision and allow your skin to adjust. After this time, you can stand up straight. If a drain is placed, it is removed as soon as the output is low enough, which is usually done in 1-2 weeks.
What are the risks of abdominal surgery?
As with any surgery, there is a small risk of bleeding and infection. Of course, there is no need to worry because a lot of care is taken to ensure that these risks are minimized with careful surgical techniques. There is also a small risk of blood clots in the legs or lungs, which can be relieved by wearing pressure boots during surgery to help with blood circulation and using low-dose blood thinners. Adequate hydration and walking are also important to reduce the risk of blood clots after surgery.
The decision to have plastic surgery is a personal decision and you have to decide whether the risks and possible complications of cosmetic abdominal surgery are acceptable or not.
Risks of Abdominal Surgery:
Risks of anesthesia
Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
Adipose tissue deep in the skin may die (fat necrosis)
Fluid accumulation (seroma)
Sensory infection or other changes in skin sensation
Possibility of revision surgery
Poor wound healing
Frequent loose skin
Prolonged skin discoloration and/or swelling
Aesthetic result less than desirable
*It is important to note that these and other risks will be fully explained to you before your consent. Be sure to ask all your questions directly with your plastic surgeon.
How to prepare for abdominal surgery?
Perform laboratory tests, medical evaluations
Take certain medications or adjust your current medications as prescribed by your doctor
Avoid aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding.
Tummy Tuck may be performed at a reputable surgery center in an office, or an authorized outpatient surgery center, or a hospital. Stay with you first after surgery.
How do I know if I need an abdominoplasty?
If you have a baby and your abdominal skin is stretched or you have lost a lot of weight, you are probably a good candidate for this surgery to remove excess skin and tighten your abdominal muscles, and in general, if you are unhappy with the appearance of your abdomen, tummy tuck It can improve the appearance of your abdomen. If you have too much skin roll and belly fat, sometimes liposuction and just removing the roll (the pannus) will give you a great look without a full tummy tuck.
Am I a good candidate for abdominoplasty?
An excellent candidate for abdominoplasty has a normal BMI (Normal Body Mass Index). Of course, even if you are a little overweight (for example, you have a BMI of 30), you may be a candidate. Most people with a BMI above 30 must first lose weight through diet and exercise to meet their expectations with liposuction.
Will I have visible scars?
You will have some scars that usually go away over time and are less noticeable to most patients. Keep in mind that it generally takes two years for the scar to disappear completely, so you have to wait. The initial incision for Tommy Tuck extends from one pelvic bone to another, but often follows the curve of the pubic area and is made low enough to be covered with underwear or a bikini. The incision inside the umbilicus is carefully hidden to fit together, especially if a new umbilical cord is opened. Make sure your surgeon spends time hiding the incision instead of making an incision around the navel and hiding the incision inside the umbilicus, as these scars are unlikely to be hidden and generally do not heal well. Adhesions and sutures to reduce tension may also be effective in reducing wounds. Depending on the amount of extra skin that needs to be removed, stretch marks under the umbilicus may also be removed during abdominal surgery. The stretch marks above the navel are transferred to a lower position on the abdomen.
How is pain controlled?
Pain pumps or strong prescription analgesics are traditionally used to manage postoperative pain. However, some surgeons have recently started using a long-acting muscle anesthetic called EXPAREL to make it more comfortable during recovery. EXPAREL reduces sensation in the area and makes the patient more mobile with less pain. As the healing process continues, over-the-counter pain relievers such as Tylenol are often sufficient to control any prolonged pain. It is important to avoid taking all blood thinners such as Motrin, Plum, Advil, and Aspirin before and after surgery. Remember to consult your surgeon before taking any medication.
Can other methods be combined with Tummy Tuck?
Depending on the results you want, you may be able to combine abdominal surgery with other methods, such as liposuction, breast augmentation, or breast lift, to achieve some of your desired goals. This combination may prevent several different surgeries and several recovery periods.
How much does it Cost in Iran?
This cost includes the cost of the operation itself, anesthesia, operating room facilities, or other related costs. Consult your plastic surgeon's office to determine your final cost.
The surgeon's salary for abdominal surgery will be based on experience, type of procedure used, and geographical location of the office.