Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty, commonly known as a “tummy tuck,” is a highly sought-after cosmetic procedure at Regain Aesthetic Clinic. Dr. Pritha Rakshit, with decades of experience, performs tummy tucks with exceptional results, leaving patients delighted with their new flat stomachs.

Ideal Candidates for a Tummy Tuck

The best candidates for a tummy tuck are individuals who are in good physical shape but struggle with excess abdominal fat, loose skin, and weakened or bulging abdominal muscles that haven’t responded to diet and exercise alone. This procedure is particularly beneficial for women who have experienced muscle weakness due to pregnancy, known as diastasis recti.

Even if there’s no excess fat, tummy tucks can help women with stretched skin and muscle weakness from pregnancy. However, it’s advisable to postpone the procedure if you plan to have more children, as future pregnancies may affect the results. Weight loss should ideally occur before undergoing a tummy tuck, with patients within 20% of their ideal body weight for the best outcome. Maintaining a stable weight post-surgery is also essential to preserve the results.

The Tummy Tuck Procedure

Tummy tuck surgeries typically take 2-4 hours and are performed under general anesthesia. The procedure involves two incisions: one from hipbone to hipbone, near the pubic area (resembling an extended C-section incision), and another around the navel. Dr. Pritha Rakshit lifts the skin and fat off the underlying rectus muscles, tightens the muscles with permanent sutures, removes excess skin and fat, and closes the incision. A new belly button is created, and an abdominal garment is applied. Drains and stitches are typically removed within a week.

Tummy Tuck Procedure

Risks of a Tummy Tuck

While complications are rare, possible post-operative issues may include infection, blood clots, bleeding, and slow healing, which may necessitate additional surgery. Patients with previous abdominal surgery should be aware that old scars may be removed, made less visible, or more conspicuous depending on their location.

Recovery and Results

While complications are rare, possible post-operative issues may include infection, blood clots, bleeding, and slow healing, which may necessitate additional surgery. Patients with previous abdominal surgery should be aware that old scars may be removed, made less visible, or more conspicuous depending on their location.

What to Expect on Surgery Day

  • Local anesthesia is administered for comfort.
  • Monitors track vital signs throughout the procedure.
  • The surgeon follows the discussed plan, making slight adjustments for optimal results.
  • Surgical dressing and drains may be used based on the surgery type.
  • Post-surgery, you’ll be closely monitored in the recovery area.

Preparing Your Home for Recovery

  • Arrange childcare if needed, as you’ll need complete rest.
  • Keep essential items at hip level to minimize bending.
  • Organize medications in advance.
  • Place a digital thermometer within easy reach.

Frequently asked questions

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess abdominal skin and tightens the underlying muscles. It results in a flatter and more toned abdomen.

Preparations include quitting smoking, avoiding anti-inflammatory medications, staying hydrated, and following lifestyle changes recommended by your doctor.

A tummy tuck revision is a surgical procedure aimed at improving the appearance of the abdomen. It is typically performed to address unwanted side effects or complications from a previous tummy tuck surgery. Some common reasons for a tummy tuck revision include correcting excess fat, improving the quality of scars, repositioning scars that may be too high, or enhancing the appearance of the belly button. If you are dissatisfied with the results of your initial tummy tuck, a revision can help you achieve a flatter and more aesthetically pleasing stomach.

Tummy tuck recovery can involve some discomfort, with the most intense pain typically occurring a few days after surgery. Fortunately, your surgeon will prescribe pain medications to manage this discomfort. Swelling may persist for several months, but the pain can be effectively controlled with the prescribed medications.

Reducing swelling after a tummy tuck is essential for a smoother recovery. Consider these steps:

If you gain weight after a tummy tuck, the abdominal skin may stretch, and the underlying muscles could separate again. To maintain the results of your tummy tuck and prevent this from happening, it's important to incorporate regular exercise into your daily routine after the procedure.

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