An abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is a major surgery that removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen and the underlying muscles are pulled back.
It can be appropriate for women who have had many pregnancies or anyone who has lost a lot of weight.
A tummy tuck shouldn’t be confused with a liposuction (the cosmetic surgery used to remove fat deposits), although the surgeon may choose to perform liposuction as part of a tummy tuck. Women who have muscles and skin stretched after several pregnancies may find the procedure useful to tighten those muscles and reduce that skin. A tummy tuck is also an alternative for men or women who were obese at one point in their lives and have lost significant weight, but still have excessive fat deposits or loose skin in the abdominal area.
The incisions, and hence the scars after healing, are made in that way that are easy to be covered by the underwear or the swimsuit.
There is no pain after the surgery. The patient stays for one night at the clinic. On the first post-operative day, he is discharged. For a month, an abdominal belt should be worn and should only be taken off in the shower. This belt contributes to faster recovery and treatment of swelling and bruising.
The patient can return to work after a week and to his sport activities after a month.