Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty
Abdominoplasty, also known as a Tummy Tuck, is a type of plastic surgery performed on the mid and lower abdominal regions. Tummy Tuck surgery is required when a hernia has formed, typically as a result of pregnancy. The purpose is to remove excess fat and skin folds and to tighten up the abdominal wall.
The Tummy Tuck Solution
When the lining of the abdominal muscles rip, as often happens in pregnancy, a bulge of fat and fascia can form. In these cases the excess fat and skin needs to be removed and the muscles and fascia tightened. Liposuction alone cannot achieve this.
There are several types of Tummy Tuck, ranging from minor removal of hanging skin, up to major abdominoplasty where the umbilicus is reconstructed, and the entire abdomen tightened.
Abdominoplasty is classed as a major plastic surgery and needs to be performed by a fully qualified, competent plastic surgeon. It is performed under a general anaesthetic which is administered by a qualified anaesthetist who remains present throughout the surgery. Dr Kremer is a fully qualified plastic surgeon and can answer any question you may have prior to Abdominoplasty Surgery during your consultation.
Recovering from Tummy Tuck Surgery
Abdominoplasty surgery take up to 5 hours to complete depending on the severity. It usually involved the insertion of an I.V. and sometimes a urinary catheter.
As a Tummy Tuck is a major surgical operation the patient is advised to take it easy in the first week after surgery.
After 2 weeks long walks can be undertaken, but any activity that would raise blood pressure should be avoided.
Light exercise can begin after 4 weeks but heavy lifting should be avoided.
Normal physical activity can usually be resumed 6 weeks after the surgery.