Tummy tuck surgery: Here is what you need to know

Tummy tuck surgery: Here is what you need to know

A tummy tuck, also known as Abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery for removing excess skin and fat from around the abdominal region. This procedure reduces lax and sagging skin and restores weakened or separated muscles. This tummy tightening technique allows both men and women to get into the desired shape and boosts their confidence.

Who is a candidate for a tummy tuck?

You are a candidate for a tummy tuck if:

  • You have a saggy abdomen, and that lowers your self-esteem
  • You want to shed off the visible excessive hanging fat present in your lower abdominal area.
  • Your current body weight is close to your ideal BMI
  • You are physically and emotionally healthy
  • You are not planning to lose weight in the near future
  • You are not an alcoholic or a heavy smoker
  • You are psychologically fit and know what to expect from this surgery

Also, is the case of tummy tightening for women, not having a planned pregnancy in the near future is mandatory.

What are the types of tummy tuck surgery?

Traditional Tummy Tuck

The traditional tummy tuck is the most effective procedure to create a flatter and smooth abdomen wall. In this procedure, the surgeon improves the entire abdominal area- both above and below the navel. This process involves making a long hip-to-hip incision to remove the excess fat and another incision around the belly button to remove the upper abdominal skin. In addition, this surgery doesn’t leave stretch marks.

Mini Tummy Tuck

A mini tummy tuck procedure addresses imperfections only in the area below the navel. In this procedure, the surgeon makes a single small incision is made just above the pubic region, through which the loose abdominal muscles are tightened. This results in a smooth abdomen, and as a result, you fit better in your clothes. As compared to other types, the recovery after this surgery is fast.

Extended Tummy Tuck

An extended tummy tuck can significantly improve the appearance of love handles on either side of the hips, in addition to the upper and lower abdominal area. It rejuvenates your truncal aesthetics and makes you look slimmer.

Endoscopic Tummy Tuck

The endoscopic tummy tuck only involves tightening abdominal muscles and removing small amounts of fat. However, no skin is removed in this procedure.

How is a tummy tuck performed?

The step-by-step procedure for tummy tuck surgery is as follows:

  1. In the first step, the surgeon assesses and evaluates the excess skin.
  2. Then after the patient is sedated under anesthesia, the surgeon makes two incisions; a horizontal incision along the bikini line below the belly button and a second incision around the belly button vertically.
  3. Then the belly button is separated and removed, and the skin is lifted to pull the underlying closer. This results in tightened and well-contoured abdominal muscles. Sometimes liposuction is also performed to remove small fat pockets.
  4. After the lifted skin is stretched to match the new abdominal wall shape, the excess skin ends are trimmed.
  5. Finally, the belly button is attached again, and the entire area is covered with surgical dressings.

What are the benefits of a tummy tuck?

Tummy tuck surgery pros are as listed below:

  • Immediate and permanent results
  • Lean and attractive figure
  • Enhanced abdominal shape and posture
  • Strengthened abdominal walls
  • Boosted confidence
  • Improved health due to fat loss
  • Better quality of life

Dr Amit Mulay is one of the best plastic surgeons in Pune. He has more than 12 years of experience in the field of plastic surgery, and he specializes in reconstructive microsurgery. He has a great clinical success record, and he is revered for treating his patients with great care. So if you are looking for tummy tightening surgery in Pune,contact us today!

Dr. Amit Mulay-cosmetic surgeon in Pune

Dr. Amit Mulay

MBBS, FCPS, DNB (General & Plastic Surgery)

With over 15 years of experience in the field of Plastic Surgery and its subspecialties, he specialises in reconstructive microsurgery and has been performing vascularised/free tissue transfers(Free Flaps).
Bestowed with the Young Investigator Award at the International Society of Burn Injuries (ISBI) from Australia, he is a well-known plastic surgeon in Pune & PCMC with a keen interest in the head, neck, and breast cancer reconstruction, hand surgery, reconstruction of upper and lower limb trauma and cosmetic surgery for facial scars, breast, and nose.