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ABDOMINOPLASTY TUMMY TUCK
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ABDOMINOPLASTY (TUMMY TUCK)

  1. What is Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)?-
    Ans: It is the operative procedure which is carried out to make abdomen firm and flat, compared to previous appearance. In this operation, extra (hanging) skin, fat and soft tissues are removed, the abdominal fascia is tightened, umbilicus is reshaped and additional liposuction may be carried out to give a thinner, firmer and toned appearance.
  2. Am I a candidate for Tummy Tuck?
    Ans: If you have abdominal skin fold/ folds hanging down and you are within 15-20% of your ideal body weight, then you may be a good candidate for Tummy Tuck. Similarly, patients who have lost a huge amount of weight after Bariatric Surgery or otherwise, may be good candidates for Tummy Tuck. Women, who have completed their families and have hanging abdominal skin folds despite all conservative measures such as diet and exercise may also be good candidates for Tummy Tuck.
  3. How is this procedure different from Liposuction?
    Ans: In Liposuction, multiple small incisions are made, usually in hidden areas. Through these small incisions, thin cannulae are passed to loosen and suck the fat out from desired areas. In tummy tuck, long incision is made, in a hidden area (within bikini line), to undermine, mobilize, stretch and remove the hanging abdominal folds, so that these can be removed. At the same time, umbilicus is also reshaped to a youthful appearance.
  4. Am I a candidate for Liposuction or tummy tuck?
    Ans: Your plastic surgeon is able to determine this after an examination. If your abdominal skin fold is loose, hangs down or has a poor skin tone, then you may be a candidate for tummy tuck. If however, despite having fat in abdominal wall, it does not hang much and it has a good skin tone, then you may be a candidate for Liposuction.
  5. Am I a candidate for Tummy Tuck or Bariatric Surgery?
    Ans: If you are grossly overweight, typically more than 20% of your ideal body weight, or have a BMI above 30, then you should first undertake measures to reduce your body weight. These measures can be dieting, exercise, medical measures or Bariatric Surgery. Once your body weight is within this range (BMI 30 or less, or within 20% of your ideal body weight, you may be a candidate for Tummy Tuck. However there are exceptions and treatment for every patient is chosen as per his/ her fitness, other patient related factors and experience of the surgical team.
  6. Will I be given General Anaesthesia/ Spinal or Epidural?
    Ans: This depends on the extent and type of abdominoplasty being carried out. An epidural anaesthesia also ensures a pain free postoperative period, by regular top ups of analgesics via epidural catheter. However, the type of anaesthesia will be chosen by your anaesthesiologist after a detailed discussion with you, during the pre anaesthetic check up.
  7. What are the types of Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)?
    Ans: These are-
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