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Tummy Tuck and Lipoabdominoplasty
TUMMY TUCK AND LIPOABDOMINOPLASTY
About TUMMY TUCK AND LIPOABDOMINOPLASTY
Individuals having otherwise normal body proportions develop a protruding, loose or sagging abdomen. A lax abdomen or a pendulous fold of skin is generally observed in women after pregnancy in the infra-umbilical area, where the skin has been stretched, there are stretch marks, they could have a caesarian scar in the lower abdomen. The skin becomes inelastic and forms a pendulous fold or causes a bulge in the front. This inelastic skin will not shrink by any means non-surgical. Abdominoplasty surgery helps you get rid of the loose skin and tighten the abdomen muscles. You will be left with a low caesarian scar which fades over time, most of the stretched marked skin below the umbilicus is gone as well to give your tummy a sexy taut look.
If you do liposuction at the same time for the upper abdomen, flanks or the lower back where you have the bulge, then it improves the figure even more and gets the pre-pregnancy figure back. This is called lipoabdominoplasty. Often, this enhances your body image and confidence. It can improve your posture. It also enables you to wear better fitting clothes.
Often after weight loss or fat removal, our skin sags down. You seem to have plenty of loose and lax skin drooping down with gravity. If you have a pendulous skin fold in the tummy area, sagging buttock, and love handles, you may be a candidate for a body buttock lift or circumferential lift. This is a surgical procedure to remove the excess skin and fat. It tightens, tautens and rejuvenates the skin.
At Advanced Aesthetics we have expert surgeons and refined techniques to give you a tighter, flatter abdomen and improved body contours.
Dr. Ashish Davalbhakta shares his experience of trying to improve the outcomes Lipoabdominoplasty
What is abdominoplasty? And what is the cost incurred?
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Get back into your pre-pregnancy shape
If you want to get rid of the loose skin and tighten the abdomen muscles then abdominoplasty surgery is an option worth considering.
You can improve the figure even more and get the pre-pregnancy figure back by doing liposuction at the same time for the upper abdomen, flanks or the lower back where you have the bulge.
What factors contribute to a paunch?
A paunch, a pendulous skin fold or a protuberant belly are variations of a similar problem i.e. excess fat on the front of the tummy. The skin buckles like a hammock and forms a pendulous fold. Many times, a protuberant belly is due to excess intra-abdominal fat, or divarication of rectii (ventral hernia).
What is actually done in a Lipoabdominoplasty?
The first marking is done in the standing position. The amount of excess skin that can be removed is marked at this time. Depending on the amount of skin that has to be removed, the procedure could be either a limited, modified limited, or full tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty).
Abdominoplasty procedure is usually done under general anesthesia. Excess fat and skin is lifted off the abdominal muscles by using a low traverse incision, similar to a caesarian incision.
Our lipoabdominoplasty surgeon at Advanced Aesthetics will guide you as to which procedure is suitable for you. Liposuction of flanks, upper abdomen, lower back is done along with abdominoplasty if necessary, to improve your body proportions.
Who are the ideal candidates?
Adults with problems pertaining to abdominal contours, of any age, who are in good health, are moderately fit, and have good muscle tone overall, can undergo a tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty). They should not have any life-threatening illness or medical conditions. Women who have undergone caesarian section have the opportunity to have the existing scar revised. Patients whose weight has been stabilized after weight loss program, or who feel that they are at their ideal weight are also good candidates for a tummy tuck or lipoabdominoplasty.
Patients who smoke, however, can have an increased risk of complications. Previous abdominal surgery may also limit the potential results of the surgery.
What can I expect after the surgery?
There might be bruising and swelling after surgery. This should subside in three to six weeks. You may have drains. These will be removed once the drainage stops. This usually takes two to five days. You should be able to go home from the hospital once the drainage stops. Your abdominal skin will be tight after surgery. You may have to walk stooped for a few days till the existing skin stretches. Wounds normally heal in seven days to two weeks.
You should expect a flatter, more shapely abdomen once all swelling and bruising have subsided. You can expect improvements in areas where liposuction has been done along with abdominoplasty.
A lipoabdominoplasty will improve your figure and posture. This will improve your clothing size. It would lead to a boost in your confidence. Ultimately, your self-esteem will improve.
How long will I be in the hospital?
You are usually hospitalized for two to five days, depending on how soon the drainage of fluids stops.
Where do I begin?
A consultation with our tummy tuck surgeons at Aesthetics Medispa is the first step to learn how surgery can improve the appearance of your body. This consultation will fully educate you in a non-pressured environment and will include a discussion of your goals, options available for tummy tuck surgery, likely outcomes, potential risks and complications.
Tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a procedure which corrects the protruding, loose, sagging or pendulous skin of the abdomen. The treatment area may include the lower abdomen or the center of the abdomen. It may also extend to the rib cage and sides.
Abdominal contouring can be done by liposuction alone if only localized fat is present. However, when there is excess fat along with loose, sagging skin, a tummy tuck helps to remove both the unwanted fat and the skin by excision.
The umbilicus is not disturbed in a limited abdominoplasty. Only the loose skin and fat under the umbilicus is removed. A full abdominoplasty is done when excess skin and fat above the umbilicus has to be removed. The umbilicus is re-sited post surgery. Once the skin and fat of the abdomen are lifted up, the muscles of the abdomen are tightened to improve the contour.
Liposuction may be used along with abdominoplasty to improve the contour. This is called lipoabdominoplasty. Excess skin and fat are removed and the skin is closed. A small thin tube may be used temporarily to drain any accumulated fluid.
Does the abdominoplasty procedure hurt?
The surgery is often done under epidural anesthesia or general anesthesia, so it is a painless procedure. After the surgery, the tummy area is mostly numb, but you may feel some discomfort from tightening of the muscles. Usually, oral painkillers are adequate to get rid of that pain. Most of the discomfort settles in a week or two.
Are any sort of laboratory examinations required for the surgery?
Blood test & other investigations for fitness will be conducted along with pre-op anesthetic assessment, after which your surgery date will be fixed.
How much does lipoabdominoplasty cost?
The cost of the procedure will depend on the extent of the surgery, whether liposuction is done of neighboring regions as well, the type of room and hospital you select to have your surgery in.
Could I benefit from these procedures?
A tummy tuck will tighten the skin on the front of your tummy.
Lipoabdominoplasty will tighten the abdominal muscles as well as improve your body shape, enhance your figure and your self-confidence.
A tummy tuck or lipoabdominoplasty, however, is not a substitute for weight loss, nor for an exercise program. Patients who are planning substantial weight loss, or women who are considering pregnancy, may be advised to postpone tummy tuck or lipoabdominoplasty.
Are there any risks and complications involved in the surgery?
- Possible risks include bleeding and collection of blood under the skin (hematoma), fluid accumulation, infection, or poor healing at the incision site. These risks are common to many operations and can be dealt with easily.
- Blood clots in deep veins of the leg are a problem associated with lying still for too long.
- Any surgery carries risks associated with anesthesia. These risks are fully discussed with you prior to your consent for surgery.
- The low traverse abdominal scar usually heals very nicely. Occasionally, though, it may undergo hypertrophy. In a person with keloidal tendency it may become a keloid. Our surgeon at Advanced Aesthetics will advise you about ways to avoid and treat these, if they happen.
BODY BUTTOCK LIFT (CIRCUMFERENTIAL LIFT)
Who can benefit the most from Body Buttock Lift?
When those who are obese or morbidly obese lose a lot of their weight they develop overhanging folds of skin. These people will benefit the most by having a circumferential tuck and removal of the overhanging skin folds.
What benefits can you get from a Circumferential lift?
You will experience a firmer and tighter or tauter skin. Your shape will improve as the excess skin is removed. Clothes will fit you better. You will also lose inches of your waist and hips. There is an overall sense of feeling good about your figure.
What is the difference between a tummy tuck, and a body lift or circumferential lift?
A tummy tuck is advised when only anterior or front skin over the tummy is in excess. Circumferential or body lift is advised when there is an excess all around the body. The skin and deeper tissues over the lower body are lifted up and anchored to the middle body.
Will it improve my legs?
Yes, it tightens and lifts the skin from the upper thigh, buttock, and hip regions. If you have developed cellulite appearance due to the sagging skin, it will improve.
What is the extent of the scar?
In a circumferential lift, the scar will be all around. At Advanced Aesthetics, Dr Ashish Davalbhakta places it very low down so that it is always hidden in the bikini. In a near circumferential lift, the scar will not be circumferential.
Will the scar fade?
With time and with treatments available at Advanced Aesthetics, the scar will fade. It should become imperceptible in a couple of years.
Are there any risks and complications involved in the surgery?
There are no long-term risks.
The short-term risks are healing delays or problems. Hematoma, seroma, or collections, fat necrosis, and skin necrosis. All these problems are treatable.
How long would I have to stay in the hospital?
Depending on the extent of dissection and the extent of resection of skin, you may have to stay in the hospital anywhere between approximately one week.
Before and Afters Results
BODY BUTTOCK LIFT (CIRCUMFERENTIAL LIFT)
* Disclaimer: Results May Differ From Person to Person. No individual result should be seen as typical
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