Abdominoplasty, commonly known as tummy tuck. The purpose of an abdominoplasty is to flatten a protruding abdomen and remove excess abdominal skin. For people who have lost weight or had a pregnancy, the tummy tuck can provide a more attractive midsection. Tummy tucks are not intended to help you lose weight, so you will need to be close to your ideal weight and in good overall health to be considered for a tummy tuck. Dr. Acharya also evaluates other factors, to ensure you are a good candidate for having a tummy tuck.
Dr. Acharya may recommend a mini tummy tuck or full tummy tuck. The difference between these two procedures lies in the location of fat on your stomach. A mini tummy tuck is typically recommended for patients with isolated fat in the lower abdominal area, while a full tummy tuck is effective for removing fat from the upper and lower abdomen.
Liposuction is often used to aid in the procedure and contouring. The first incision is made on the central lower abdomen and another is made around the navel. Muscles on the abdominal wall are repaired with sutures, excess skin and tissue is removed, and the incisions are closed with sutures. During the procedure, to permit any excess fluid to drain out of the area, two temporary drains will be inserted. They will remain in place for approximately one week following your surgery date.
Dr. Acharya usually requires a one day stay in the recovery center at the outpatient center. This will allow for a comfortable recovery. Dr. Acharya will encourage early ambulation and activities You will be given post-operative instructions and a script for pain medication to help you prepare and plan for surgery in advance.