Surgery Process Guide to Extended Abdominoplasty
“Abdominal wall surgery [a tummy tuck] is not the same as liposuction, which is another way to remove fat. But abdominal wall surgery is sometimes combined with liposuction.” – Medline Plus
The procedure for an extended tummy tuck involves the removal of skin and fat from the lower abdomen whilst also removing tissue from the back, waist and upper thighs to reshape the abdominal area. Then, as with all tummy procedures, the muscular wall is readjusted, the upper skin is pulled taut downwards to cover the incision, and a new opening is made for the navel.
You will be given a general anaesthetic by your surgeon.
The surgeon will make an incision along the lower abdomen, extending the opening around the sides and lower back. The incision will remove the naval.
If the surgeon is contouring your thighs, they will make an incision and remove any surplus fatty tissue and skin.
The reconstruction process then begins, in which the surgeon will tighten the muscles in the stomach and remove the excess skin and fatty deposits in the stomach, sides and upper thighs.
The abdomen skin is then pulled down taut and stitched closed, giving you a more toned looking stomach, and the same process is repeated with the upper thighs.
Next, the surgeon will create a new opening for the navel.
Fluid drains are inserted and a firm dressing is wrapped around the stomach.
Swelling, which may not subside for many months.
Off-centre repositioning of the navel.
Seroma – fluid collecting around the wound.
This procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic meaning there are several associated risks. However, these are extremely rare (typically, these risks will occur one case in every 10,000).
These complications could include:
-Anaphylaxis (a harmful reaction to the anaesthetic)
Inherited reaction to the anaesthetic
In extremely rare cases, death (approx. 1 death for every 100,000 general anaesthetics given).
These problems are more likely to arise if:
you are undergoing emergency surgery
you have other illnesses
you are a smoker
you are overweight
Your surgeon should talk you through these risks before your operation.
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