Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?
Many patients can easily confuse the indications for tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck with a liposuction, which in some cases can even be both. A good candidate is a patient who has flaccidity, which means, sagging or excess skin in the abdominal region which can also be accompanied by excess fat in some cases. It should remain clear that a tummy tuck surgery is not an appropriate type of cosmetic surgery for patients who wish to treat obesity. It’s typical in people who have abdominal flaccidity, excess localized fat, and separation of the abdominal muscles after pregnancy or losing weight. Those are the best indications for a tummy tuck, which can be combined with liposuction in order to obtain the best results. It is also possible to take advantage of the surgical procedure to correct abdominal hernias to perform a tummy tuck as well. However it is absolutely essential that the procedure be performed by and expert in abdominal cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, such as Dr. Muñoz.
What is a tummy tuck procedure like?
A tummy tuck is a type of cosmetic surgery that is performed under general anesthesia and which generally calls for one to two days of hospital stay after the surgery. The time in the surgery room varies according to the case, but it usually ranges from three to four hours.
The incision made in a tummy tuck is down around the pubic bone area. It’s a long, fine incision that can be hidden by underwear or a bikini. It is usually a scar that gets smaller and much less visible over time, to the point where it is hardly noticeable.
Through the incision, a lining is made throughout the abdominal wall up to below the sternum, which is where all of the abdominal muscles are repaired in order to achieve a flat stomach, and to tighten the skin.
After the muscular reparation, the excess skin is removed, the Mount of Venus is lifted and finalized with the reconstruction of the naval.
Once the procedure is finalized, a compressive bandage will be wrapped around the region with two purposes, first to decrease the level of post-operative hematomas, and second to make sure the skin correctly retracts in order to reach the patient’s ideal figure.
We usually use a drainage system to prevent seromas from forming.
When is the best time to get a tummy tuck?
Tummy tuck surgery is a technique which, in patients who have the necessary indications to undergo the procedure, can be done at any time of year. However, the best times of year are quite possibly Fall, Winter and Spring, due to the obligatory use of compressive garments that can be somewhat more uncomfortable in the summer months.
What should I expect from my tummy tuck?
Tras realizarte esta intervención debes ser consciente de que los resultados finales se verán pasados unos 4 meses. No obstante, los resultados son muy llamativos desde primera hora a diferencia de otros tipos de cirugía estética. A la semana de la cirugía estética de abdominoplastia se te citará para la retirada de puntos, y durante el primer mes deberás usar una faja especial que te indicaremos en consulta. Es posible caminar desde el primer día postoperatorio y el dolor posquirúrgico es muy tolerable con analgésicos habituales.
Improvement is evident after the first week, and after the first month the patient can go back to doing physical activity little by little.
Can I combine a tummy tuck with other types of cosmetic surgery?
It is not uncommon for a tummy tuck to be combined with other types of cosmetic surgery, most frequently with liposculpture or breast surgery. They are types of cosmetic surgery that can generally be performed in the same operation, making the results that much more spectacular, without needing to spend more days in the hospital after the procedure than if the patient were only to undergo a tummy tuck. Once again, a good surgical indication is the key to success, which is why it is crucial to have a personalized consultation with Dr. Antonio Muñoz Ortega, expert surgeon in tummy tuck surgery at CBC.
In short, a tummy tuck is one of the most commonly performed surgeries at CBC Surgery Institute. If you’re sick of the flaccidity in your abdominal region, sagging, stretch marks or have a hernia associated with your abdomen, don’t hesitate to contact us to get to know your options and the best possibilities for improvement. We at CBC Surgery Institute invite you to resolve your questions and doubts by writing to us through our online form, by visitng us for your free, personalized consultation (virtual if necessary) or by calling us at +34 622 05 51 04. A better quality of life and higher self esteem are just a phone call away.