Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)2019-01-30T17:17:00+00:00

For a beautiful, flatter belly …

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ABDOMINOPLASTY OR TUMMY TUCK IS RECOMMENDED FOR THOSE WITH SIGNIFICANT ABDOMINAL SKIN LAXITY AND/OR STRETCH MARKS. THIS SURGERY IS COMMON FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE HAD CHILDREN OR WHO HAVE HAD SIGNIFICANT WEIGHT LOSS. ABDOMINOPLASTY WILL ELIMINATE EXCESS SKIN, FAT AND TIGHTEN STOMACH MUSCLES.

What is a tummy tuck?

Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is the surgical solution used by Dr. Zadeh for anyone with excess flabby skin hanging over their tummy. The procedure helps to firm and flatten the belly.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

Tummy tucks are recommended for those with significant relaxation of the abdomen. In women, it may be indicated after one or more pregnancies, after significant weight loss, or in women who want to correct stretch marks and flaccid skin. In men, abdominoplasty may be necessary after significant weight loss to remove excess skin and fat.

THE PROCEDURE

According to Dr. Zadeh, the greatest goal of a tummy tuck is to remove flaccid skin (distended, scarred or stretched) and to retighten the healthy skin . You can combine liposuction to remove excess fat and  repair and reenforce the underlying abdominal muscles (diastasis, hernia).

The most common  technique is romoval of a large section of skin between the umbilicus and the pubis. The healthy skin above the umbilicus will then be lowered to reconstruct the abdominal wall. Dr. Zadeh keeps the umbilicus and sutures  it in the normal position with an incision made in the lowered skin. Typically the scar is at the edge of the groin. Its length is predictable and will be discussed with Dr. Zadeh, so that the patient knows the options available to optimize the positioning of the scar.

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Types of surgeries and treatments

Important information about this surgery

The procedure

ANAESTHESIA

  • Dr. Zadeh always performs abdominoplasty surgery under general anaesthesia for patient safety.

Possible risks

  • Hematoma/ seroma
  • Asymmetry
  • Infection
  • Scar
  • Thromboembolic phenomenon

The risks and possible complications will be explained to you during the consultation.

PRE-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS

FASTING PROTOCOL BEFORE GENERAL ANAESTHESIA

Solids: Nothing after midnight on the day of surgery

Liquids allowed up to 2 hours before surgery:

  • Water
  • Sugar water
  • Mineral water
  • Clear fruit juice WITHOUT pulp, WITHOUT fibre
  • 7up, Ginger Ale

PROHIBITED liquids:

  • Drinks containing stimulants (e.g. Red Bull, coffee)
  • No soft drinks containing COLA
  • Fruit juice with pulp
  • Juice or water containing pulp
  • Milk

PRE-SURGICAL PROTOOL

  • No jewelry (including piercing jewelry)
  • No nail polish
  • Shower with antiseptic soap the morning of your surgery (antiseptic soap can be bought in a pharmacy)
  • Cease smoking cigarettes (minimum 2 weeks before surgery)
  • Two weeks before surgery, avoid aspirin, herbal supplements, vitamins, organic products, garlic, and fruit containing nuts.

POST-OPERATIVE MONITORING

You may need to anticipate having a drain that will be removed at the time of your follow-up with Dr. Zadeh, five to seven days after surgery.

It’s also necessary to keep the post-operative dressings on for 7 to 10 days. A compression garment should be worn at all times for one month to reduce edema, protect the muscle repair and reduce fluid accumulation under the skin.

The scar following the procedure will remain pink for 6 months and will gradually fade over 2 to 3 years. IPL treatments can significantly help improve the scar.