Tummy Tuck Surgery
Tummy Tuck Surgery/Abdominoplasty
Surgical procedures like Tummy Tuck Surgery are not at all directed toward weight reduction, which is still a dietary problem. Surgery does, however, afford an opportunity to correct some of those conditions which result from the earlier obesity of pregnancy. There are also some situations, familial in nature, that may be considered for correction.
Abdominoplasty is an operation performed to remove excess fatty tissue and skin folds in the mid to lower abdominal region, most often accompanied by stretching of the abdominal structures resulting from pregnancies. Diet and exercise alone cannot provide correction, since the deformity stems primarily from structural change. Repair may include tightening of the abdominal supportive structures and surgical removal of the excess skin folds.
The W-technique incision is used and the ‘Byzantine’ arch dissection to retain a more youthful and shapely looking abdomen, rather than an abdomen, which is flat, and in one plane only. The umbilicus is relocated to the midline and inverted as a result of its plication to the abdominal wall. Absorbable sutures are used. The procedure takes approximately 1-1 ½ hours and the patient stays in hospital for a period of approximately two days with a twelve-day recovery period and cannot resume sporting activities for a period of four weeks.
Surgical risks in abdominoplasty, relative to the local changes alone, are limited. Soft tissue loss, secondary infection, or collection of fluid under the skin are always possible, but can be treated quite successfully. To decrease the risk of infection, you will need to clean your belly button with Betadine twice a day pre-operatively for a week.
Generally speaking, abdominoplasty as a separate procedure carries the same risks as any other major surgical operation. Since the patient is usually in good health beforehand, the dangers are significantly lessened.
Plastic Surgeon Dr. Saul Braun operates from the Netcare Rosebank Hospital, situated in the up-market Northern Suburbs of Johannesburg.