Abdominoplasty, also known as a ‘Tummy tuck’, is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure aimed at reshaping and firming up the abdominal area by removing excess skin and fat, which will lead to tightening of the muscles lining the abdominal wall. There are two types of tummy tucks – full and partial (also known as a mini tummy tuck).
A full tummy tuck will focus on the middle and lower abdomen, while a partial tummy tuck will focus on the lower abdomen only. People who have shed lots of weight whether it is from exercising and dieting, gastric bypass surgery, other childbirth, or those who are slightly overweight or have sagging skin due to the loss of elasticity that comes with aging, are the usual candidates for abdominoplasty tummy tuck cosmetic plastic surgery.
The general steps a tummy tuck is as followed. (1) An incision is made horizontally above the pubic area. A full tummy tuck incision will be from hip to hip, while a much smaller one will be made for a mini tummy tuck. (2) Another incision is made to free the navel. (3) The flap of skin is then removed to reveal the underlying abdominal muscles. Some excessive fat can be removed. (4) These muscles are ‘tightened’ by drawing them closer together where they will be fastened in their new position. (5) The skin flap is then reattached by stitching, with any extra skin being separated and eliminated. (6) Appropriate dressing is placed around the surgical site, and now you just wait to heal.
The tummy tuck cosmetic procedure will last anywhere from two to five hours for a full tummy tuck, and one to two hours for a mini/partial tummy tuck.