Tummy Tuck, also known as Abdominoplasty removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen. The procedure also flattens the abdomen by repairing separated muscles. Women, with stretched abdominal areas due to previous pregnancies or major weight changes, can benefit from Abdominoplasty.
Excess skin and fat across the abdomen is often resistant to diet and exercise, and stretched or separated abdominal muscles generate visibly poor muscle tone in this area. The Tummy Tuck procedure not only helps to restore the physical appearance of the patient, but also restores self-confidence and self-esteem.
The length of the incision is determined by the amount of loose skin that has to be removed. The incision lengths vary from as short as 6 inches (Mini Tummy Tuck) to the most common incision length which runs from hip to hip. Many women like to combine the Tummy Tuck Procedure with Liposuction to create a slimmer waistline.
Tummy Tuck Surgery is usually performed under general anesthetic and usually takes 2 to 3 hours to complete. You will have to stay in the clinic for 2-3 days.
Mr. Ferrando will discuss all aspects of the Tummy Tuck procedure suitable to you at your consultations.
At the consultations, Mr. Ferrando will take your medical history, thoroughly assess you, find out about your expectations of the surgery and will explain each stage of the Tummy Tuck procedure to you. He will carefully discuss all options suitable to you and answer any questions you may have. The exact procedure depends on the anatomy of the patient. Clear communication about your aesthetic goals is vital at this stage. Mr. Ferrando will also explain the risks of smoking, the contraceptive pill and other medications to you, as they can interfere with the procedure as well as the healing process.
Mr. Ferrando strongly believes that “good communication and feedback” between himself and his patients assures a maximum satisfactory outcome of Cosmetic Surgery.
The Tummy Tuck procedure is performed with a horizontal incision in the lower abdomen within the bikini line, so it can be easily camouflaged in most bikinis, thongs, and in low-rise jeans.
Your naval will be cut from the surrounding skin, excess fat is removed and the abdominal muscles and connective tissues are tightened and repaired. Mr. Ferrando will pull stretched or torn muscles together and stitch them in place and finally your belly button will be repositioned.
Incisions are closed with clips, sutures or special tape and the site is wrapped in bandages or dressings. A thin draining tube is usually placed beneath the skin, to remove excess fluid. You may also have a compression garment to support the healing process.
After Surgery – Recovery
After the surgery, you may feel quite tender and sore. Mr. Ferrando will provide you with pain relief medication to ease your discomfort. The drainage tubes will be removed before you leave the clinic but you may need to keep the dressing and compressive garment on for a few weeks.
It is very important to keep your knees bent when you are in bed to stop putting strain on your stitches as it will aid the recovery process. Some type of stitches are dissolvable and will disappear over time, whereas others will need to be removed 1 to 2 weeks after surgery. Metal clips will be removed two weeks after surgery.
You should feel much better 2-3 days after surgery, but patients are recommended to have at least 2-4 weeks off work to allow their body to rest and recover comfortably at home. Any strenuous exercise or activities should be avoided for at least 6 weeks after surgery.
Follow up appointments will be made for you after surgery, but if you have any questions, or you should feel unsure about anything, please contact Mr. Ferrando and he will gladly talk to you. The well being of his patients is of utmost importance to him.