Who are tummy tuck candidates?
You might consider having a tummy tuck if:
- you have lost a lot of weight and have loose skin as a result
- you have lax abdominal skin and muscles because of a recent pregnancy
- you have abdominal scarring as a result of injury or an earlier surgery
- you are having another operation like a hernia repair and want to combine it with a tummy tuck
How is tummy tuck procedure?
A tummy tuck procedure typically lasts between 2 and 4 hours depending on the degree of your excess skin and fat and the technique used. The technique is chosen based on your needs and expectations, which the doctor will discuss with you. You may also be recommended to have a liposuction at the same time to get the most satisfactory outcome.
An incision is made to the abdomen from hip to hip, along the public area or the so-called bikini line. A circular incision is then made around the belly button to free it from the surrounding skin. After tightening muscles, removing excess fat and skin and pulling down the skin, a new hole is created in the right position for the belly button.
The incisions are finally stitched up with sutures and a dressing and sometimes a compression garment are applied and the excess fluid is drained.