Abdominoplasty, also known as a ‘tummy tuck’ is performed to improve the shape of the abdomen. Patients with excess skin and fatty tissue, along with patients who have muscle diastasis, which can happen following pregnancy, are all suitable candidates for this procedure.
What can I expect during this procedure?
On the day of the procedure, you will be admitted anywhere from 30 mins-2 hours prior to surgery depending on the hospital you are at. Dr Ritz will see you again, prior to the surgery, and will draw pre operative markings on you. From there, the anaesthetist will also speak to you. The excess skin and fatty tissue is then removed, with this procedure also done in conjunction with liposuction to ensure the best result. Drain tubes are then placed to remove any excess fluid post operatively. Following the procedure, you will then be required to stay in hospital for approximately 2-3 days. You will have drain tubes in for 48 hours. These will then be taken out before you go home and you are then put in a compression garment, that you are required to wear for 6 weeks.
What are the associated medical benefits?
There are a number of medical benefits of a tummy tuck, which is why this procedure is becoming so popular and widely sought after. Each patient has a unique situation, however, these medical benefits may include:
- Improved abdominal tone and posture
- Reduction of stress urinary incontinence
- Ventral hernia correction
Also widely referred to as the “mummy makeover”, many female patients seek a tummy tuck after extreme weight loss or multiple pregnancies. Stomach muscles can become distended, and sometimes diet and exercise alone cannot help. A tummy tuck surgically tightens muscles that are weak, while removing excess skin and fat, to flatten the abdomen.
After a tummy tuck, patients have been said to notice that their posture has improved significantly, due to the tightened muscles supporting their spine. The improved support and better posture can also have the added benefit of relieving certain types of back pain. Not only are patients are able to find relief through an improved posture, but they are also able to notice improved abdominal tone.
Other medical benefits include, the reduction of stress urinary incontinence, which refers to a bladder control problem that many women experience after giving birth. In most cases, stress urinary incontinence can be treated without surgery, however, surgery is said to be beneficial in relieving this issue. During the tummy tuck procedure, a bladder obstruction is created using soft tissue near the pelvic area, thereby reducing the possibility of incontinence.
Who makes a good candidate for a tummy tuck?
The best candidate for a tummy tuck is a patient who is in good physical condition with pockets of fat or loose skin that hasn’t responded well to traditional diet and exercise. Dr Ritz and his team of professionals will also advise that female patients who continue to bear children may lack the results they desire as pregnancy stretches skin and muscles. Therefore, it is advised that a tummy tuck procedure be postponed, until the patient is finished having children.
For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact Dr Morris Ritz and his team of professional staff at Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery, on 03 8692 5566.