Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes excess abdominal fat and skin. By removing the loose extra skin and fat and tightening the abdominal muscle, an abdominoplasty creates a flatter, more defined abdomen to enhance your natural body shape.
The procedure corrects abdomens that have protruded due to aging, pregnancy, prior surgery, or weight fluctuations. Therefore, individuals with a healthy BMI can benefit from a tummy tuck as well. In addition to tightening the core, tummy tucks can help soften the appearance of stretch marks that exist on the area of excised skin.
Who is a candidate for Abdominoplasty?
For many women in Ireland, tummy tuck is perfect for getting back into shape after pregnancy or the loss of a substantial amount of weight, which can damage the skin and muscle around the abdomen and waistline. Men may undergo tummy tuck after losing a lot of weight to look and feel their best.
When performed by our surgeons, abdominoplasty can help women restore themselves to their pre-pregnancy bodies and give men that boost of confidence knowing they look their best.
The Drainless Abdominoplasty!
Our surgeons now routinely use a technique, which allows for a no drains to be used! This is discussed with each patient and a decision made between you and your surgeon. Immediately following a tummy tuck procedure, the patient’s abdomen will be wrapped in a compression garment to minimise swelling and promote healing. Pain levels vary depending on many factors, but pain and swelling is normally well controlled by pain medication.
While the results of a tummy tuck are permanent, their long-term visibility is enhanced or diminished by diet, exercise, and weight fluctuations. There will be permanent scarring that will fade over time.
What is involved in Abdominoplasty surgery?
Abdominoplasties are performed under general anesthesia. First, the abdominal skin is lifted through a horizontal incision made above the pubic hairline yet below the belly button. Next, the underlying abdominal muscles, which have weakened with time, are repaired. This skin from the upper abdomen is pulled downward along the abdominal muscles and sutured to the skin along the lower incision.