The tummy tuck explained

21 December 2018

Photo of a persons abdomenPeople right across the globe are trying to find ways to physically enhance their appearance, and things are no different right here in Dubai. For many, excess stomach fat is what poses the problem, and these people are searching for a solution to remove this fat and tighten the tummy area. This is exactly what the tummy tuck procedure is designed to do.

In fact, almost 130,000 tummy tuck procedures were performed across the world during 2017 according to ASPS tummy tuck statistics released earlier this year. This is a 2% increase on 2016 and highlights the growing popularity in this cosmetic procedure.

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty as it’s known within the cosmetic industry, is a cosmetic procedure that will reshape and flatten the stomach area. Excess fat and skin are safely removed during the procedure, leaving a tighter, flatter and firmer abdominal region.

Some patients will require a full tummy tuck, whereby the excess fat and skin along the full length of the abdominal wall will be addressed. Some will also want to address the flanks and hips - most notably those who have experienced multiple pregnancies or have lost a significant amount of weight. Other patients will only require a mini tuck, which involves less extensive incisions and are mostly intended to improve the lower section of the abdominal wall below the belly button.

Each body is different, and several factors will decide which type of tummy tuck is best for you, so discuss these with your board-certified plastic surgeon to ensure the best outcome is achieved for you personally.

What risks are involved with a tummy tuck?

Risks that are often associated with a tummy tuck procedure include:

  • Bleeding
  • Build-up of fluid
  • Swelling
  • Numbness
  • Skin loss

Is a tummy tuck right for me?

To be an ideal candidate, you are likely to experience one or some of the following:

  • Lack abdominal tone
  • Protruding belly and stretched abdominal muscles
  • Loose and sagging belly skin

You must also ensure you:

  • Are at a stable weight at time of procedure
  • Are physically healthy
  • Are a non-smoker
  • Have realistic expectations

How do I choose the right plastic surgeon?

It’s important that you choose the right plastic surgeon to perform your tummy tuck. Ensure your plastic surgeon is board-certified with a catalogue of experience in performing successful tummy tuck procedures over several years. Ask to see some examples of their surgical work, read through their past patient reviews and meet them face-to-face to make sure you feel completely comfortable and totally satisfied with leaving your trust in their hands.

How should I prepare for a tummy tuck?

Every tummy tuck procedure is different, so each patient must discuss with their surgeon what is to be expected beforehand, and what must be done to ensure the procedure is performed as safely as possible. Some things that a patient may be required to do before the procedure include:

  • Undergoing a medical evaluation or lab testing
  • Adjusting any prescription or medicinal intake
  • Successfully quit smoking several weeks in advance
  • Disuse of drugs and supplements that could increase bleeding

What happens during the first week of tummy tuck recovery?

During the first week of post-surgery, patients can expect some soreness and discomfort. During this time there should be plenty of rest and limited activity. Bandages and dressings are likely to be applied to incisions, and some patients may also be wrapped in compression garments or elastic bandages to help support the abdominal region and limit any inflammation during the healing process. Some patients may need some excess fluid or blood to be drained, and in this case small, thin tubes may be placed beneath the skin.

Will I be left with any scars?

Scarring differs between patients as it’s dependent on the type of tummy tuck performed, the length of the tummy tuck, the location and the number of incisions. Women who have undergone a c-section in the past may find that any existing scars are incorporated into the tummy tuck scar. You should not expect scars to disappear entirely, but over the course of a year it should fade considerably. To reduce scarring, patients should avoid excessive motion or force - especially during the immediate healing process. Speak to your surgeon if you’d like to know more about the steps you can take to reduce your scarring.

What results can I expect?

At first, the results of your tummy tuck procedure may be not as visible and apparent as you had hoped - don’t be alarmed! Initial swelling and an inability to stand upright will be the main reasons for this, so allow several weeks to pass before the results start to become clearer. It’s important to discuss potential results with your cosmetic surgeon during your consultation, this way your expectations levels can remain realistic.

If you’re keen to learn more about the tummy tuck procedure or would like to discuss any of the other surgical cosmetic procedures that I perform at the Shamma Clinic here in Dubai, then don’t hesitate to get in touch today by filling in the convenient online contact form.

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