Tummy tuck to get a flat stomach

Written by: Dr. Jordi Mir Batlle
Published: | Updated: 15/11/2018
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Abdominoplasty is major surgery that retensa the abdomen. This is accomplished by removing excess fat and skin from the middle and lower abdomen and strengthening the muscles in the area.

This procedure can reduce severely the appearance of the abdomen bulging. Instead, it leaves a permanent scar that can be longer or shorter, depending on the extent of the original problem and the surgery required to correct it.

What profiles of patients require a tummy tuck

User profiles that require a surgical procedure in the abdomen are people, men or women, who have good shape but are concerned about the accumulation of fat or excess skin in the abdomen and fail to improve, despite diet or sport.

Abdominoplasty is especially useful in women who have had multiple pregnancies, after which the skin and abdominal muscles are relaxed and have not returned to its original pitch. You can also help restore skin elasticity in older people, a situation often associated with overweight and obesity minimal.

Those patients who for one reason or another should lose a lot of weight should postpone the operation, like women who intend to have future pregnancies, because during surgery the vertical muscles of the abdomen are tightened and can return to relax in the course of new pregnancies.


Abdominoplasty: Understanding

The most widely used type of anesthesia specialists in plastic and reconstructive surgery, aesthetic for a tummy tuck is general, so the patient is asleep until the operation is complete. In some cases you can use epidural anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation, so that during surgery the patient will be awake but relaxed, and abdomen is insensitive to pain.

Complete abdominoplasty usually lasts two to four hours, depending on each case. A mini-abdominoplasty usually takes between one and two hours. The tummy tuck is performed through a long incision from one hip to the other, just above the pubis. as low as possible is placed and a second incision is made around the navel, to separate it from the surrounding tissue area.

Then the skin is separated from the abdominal wall up to the ribs, exposing the abdominal muscles are tightened and united in the midline, thus providing a closer firm abdomen and waist. The separated skin is stretched towards the pubis and the excess skin removed; the navel is placed in its new position. sutures are made and two drainage tubes are placed in a while to remove excess fluid that can accumulate in the affected area. To finish is left in place a strip that makes compression in the abdomen.


After abdominoplasty

Patients take a belt in the abdomen when leaving the operating room. Hospital admission is usually a day, although a small percentage of patients require two days of admission.

During the first days the abdomen is usually somewhat swollen and can be felt some discomfort that are controlled by medication. Although it should not stretch the skin during the first week, the patient should start walking as soon as possible. The points of the external skin will be removed from the first week and the internal points, the ends out through the ends of the incision will be removed in the next two weeks.

If the physical condition of the patient prior to surgery is good, including a strong abdominal muscles, recovery from abdominoplasty will be faster. The time of return of patients to their jobs is usually between two to three weeks, depending on each case.

Exercise helps to recover before but this has to be done in moderation. Those patients who have no habit of doing sport and are awaiting an operation should exercise area with specific movements to avoid complications.

The scars take up to nine months or a year for clarification or flatten. It is quite normal that before presenting certain volume and a reddish color.


Risks of Abdominoplasty

Whenever surgery is performed there are certain risks, like complications from this procedure specifically. Bad scarring that may require further surgery is performed.

It is necessary that those smokers quit smoking before the tummy tuck is performed as the snuff increases the chance of complications and delays healing.


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By Dr. Jordi Mir Batlle
Plastic surgery

Renowned specialist in Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Mir Batllé has more than 15 years of experience. He is currently the Medical Director at the Clínica Dorsia Tarragona and the Director of the Plastic Surgery Service of the Medical Center of Associated Medical Specialties (GEMA) in Mataró. It also operates in your Barcelona office. He is a collaborating partner of Médicos Sin Fronteras and belongs to different national medical societies. He has participated in different conferences, presentations and communications.

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