Tummy Tuck Healing Process
Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck will essentially remove excess skin and fat from the abdominal area. If necessary, this procedure will also restore separated or weakened muscles to produce a smoother, flatter abdominal profile. Depending on the extent of tissue laxity, a mini or full abdomiplasty can be performed. The mini-abdominoplasty addresses abdominal laxity only below the belly button, whereas a full abdominoplasty restores contour and removes excess skin and fat above and below the navel. Both procedures have incisions hidden at the bikini line but the mini-tuck incision is shorter.
48- year-old woman was bothered by the skin and fat hanging down over her pubis. She. underwent an abdominoplasty as well as liposuction of hips and waist to tighten and shape the abdomen. Note the improvement in her abdominal contour and laxity at two and four weeks. The scar around the belly button and the low horizontal scar at the waist line are already fading and improving in color.
Before surgery, Dr. Zemplenyi “marks” the patient to outline the areas to be treated during the upcoming surgery. The measurements for the marking are unique for each patient taking into account the varied body types and individual fat deposits. The markings reinforce for the patient and Dr. Zemplenyi the goals and strategies for the surgery.
At two weeks after the surgery, the hip to hip incision is healing well underneath some light protective dressings. There is minimal bruising around the incision. Since each patient is different, the incision is tailored to patient’s unique needs. For example a preexisting horizontal C-section scar would call for a different incision than that on someone with no prior surgery. At this stage, the patient should still not lift, do strenuous activity, or place any stress on the abdominal muscles. Low exertion activity and work, after discussion with Dr. Zemplenyi, can resume.
One month after surgery, the healing incision is becoming stronger with the redness fading. The patient should still be avoid heavy lifting but can take part in activities of daily living. Reasonable, safe activity depends on the patient’s comfort and healing rate. The patient is happy to resume her activities with her new tighter tummy. Check out more tummy- tuck before and after images in our photo gallery.