Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck?
If you are concerned about an accumulation of fat or excess skin in the abdominal area and you have not seen improvement despite diet or physical exercise, you could be a good candidate. Women who have gone through several pregnancies, after which it costs to recover a flat stomach or a smooth skin, are also good candidates.
In case of significant overweight you should wait and lose weight before undergoing a tummy tuck.
Tummy tuck surgery
The abdominoplasty procedure usually lasts between 2 and 3 hours and is performed under general anesthesia. It is made through a long incision from one hip to the other, just above the pubis and a second incision around the navel, in order to separate it from the surrounding tissues.
The skin of the abdominal wall is then pulled upward to the ribs, exposing the abdominal muscles. These muscles are tightened and joined in the midline, so that we achieve a firm abdominal wall and a narrower waist. The separated skin is stretched towards the pubis and the excess skin is removed. We place the navel in its new position.
Finally, sutures are made and a bandage and a temporary drainage tube are placed to eliminate excess fluids that may accumulate in the operated area.