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KULWANT S BHANGOO MD

FACS, FICS, FAIS, FIMSA, FRCS (Eng, Ed, Glasg)
Certified by American Board Of Plastic Surgery
Internationally renowned cosmetic surgeon
Pof.Plastic Surgery, State Univ. of NY,
Chief of Plastic Surgery, Mercy Hospital,
Buffalo, NEW YORK, USA
www.drbhangoocosmetics.com

Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck is often understood as a surgery that will help a person lose inches or weight. While this is certainly a result of the surgery, it should not be the underlying reason for it. A tummy tuck can benefit a woman who has had multiple pregnancies or anyone who has undergone extreme weight loss or simply has that one “problem area” where the skin simply won’t tighten.

Patients who are dealing with excess fat, but otherwise do not have sagging or excess skin are generally not candidates for tummy tuck surgery, but could benefit tremendously from liposuction.

During tummy tuck surgery, excess fat, tissue, and skin are removed, the muscles are tightened, and the remaining skin is repositioned to give the abdomen a flatter, more attractive contour. During your consultation with a reputable tummy tuck surgeon, he or she will evaluate the extent of your unique case and determine what category you fall under.

Tummy Tuck Categories:

Mini: Tightens the lower abdominal wall skin only (shortest scar)

Standard: Tightens all of the abdominal wall skin (standard or moderate scarring)

Extended: Extreme cases of excess skin and tissue. Tightens the abdomen and the flanks or sides (longest scar extending around the flanks onto lower back)

FAQs:

A flat and well toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes these methods cannot achieve our goals. Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging. Most common causes include :-

  • Pregnancy
  • Ageing
  • Significant fluctuations of weight
  • Heredity
  • Prior surgery

Tummy Tuck is a highly individualized procedure, and you should undergo the surgery only if you really want to just for yourself. Some of the frequently asked questions about tummy tucks are listed below.

What is a tummy tuck?

Also known as “ Abdominoplasty”. A tummy tuck removes excess fat and skin and in most cases restores weakened or separated muscles, creating an abdominal profile that is smarter and firmer.

At what age is abdominoplasty usually performed?

There is no normal age or time in one’s life to have an abdominoplasty, but it is most often done on women who have given birth and do not plan to have more children, or after one has lost all the weight he/she intends to lose.

How does a tummy tuck differ from liposuction?

Liposuction is used primarily for removing small pockets of fat, while a tummy tuck addresses a number of issues including sagging abdominal muscles and excess skin. A tummy tuck patient is one who is seeking a dramatic result as compared to the results of a liposuction surgery. Very simply a tummy tuck reverses the changes caused by child bearing, and is the ideal operation for mothers or individuals who have significant weight fluctuations. On the other hand liposuction is for fat contouring in individuals who have resistant areas of localized fat and also have good skin tissue.

What are the different types of procedures for a tummy tuck?

There is the traditional tummy tuck surgery as well as the “mini tummy tuck” procedure. The type of abdominoplasty that is appropriate for a patient depends on the amount of sagging skin that is removed, the degree of tightening that is required for the stomach muscles and exactly where on the stomach the excess skin is.

What is a mini tummy tuck and when is it better than a regular tummy tuck?

A mini tummy tuck is best suited for patients who require only a minimal amount of abdominal muscle tightening and loose skin removal below the belly button. Because less surgical work is done the scar is smaller than the traditional tummy tuck.

Does a tummy tuck leave scars?

Yes, the scar resulting from the surgery usually runs from hip to hip. However, the incision is made low on the stomach and is easily covered by undergarments and bikini bottoms, also the scar will fade with time.

Is pregnancy after a tummy tuck safe?

Pregnancy following a tummy tuck isn’t dangerous, but is likely to undo the repairs that the abdominoplasty made. The stomach muscles can once again stretch and go back to where the patient was prior to the tummy tuck.

What is involved in a tummy tuck surgery?

During the procedure a horizontal incision is made along the pubic hairline, this enables the surgeon to remove excess fat and tissue as well as tighten abdominal muscles. Finally a new and more attractive navel is created for a natural looking appearance.

Can I combine a tummy tuck with another procedure?

Combining cosmetic procedures is an excellent way to cut down overall cost and recovery time associated with having separate surgeries. Although abdominal liposuction is often done in conjunction with a tummy tuck , many patients opt to have it performed on other areas of the body as well, such as the hips, knees and thighs.

Does a male tummy tuck differ from a female tummy tuck?

Slightly, while the steps are similar, men like looking for a more chiselled masculine stomach and women usually seek a flatter stomach.

Typical Minimum Cost of Tummy Tuck:

USA : US$ 2,232, INDIA : (Rupees 1,25,000) Time Required for Tummy Tuck:
It can take 2-5 hours to perform tummy tuck surgery. Time requirements vary between each situation, depending on the extent of surgery.

Is Tummy Tuck an InPatient or OutPatient Procedure?

Tummy tuck is most often performed on an InPatient basis, 2-3 Nights Hospital stay is advised (Hospital charges include in above costs)

What are the Side Effects of Tummy Tuck?

Tummy tuck side effects include temporary discomfort, swelling, bruising and Rarely Infection at our Center.

How Long do Tummy Tuck results last?

Tummy tuck results can be permanent, but are subject to change with future weight fluctuation or pregnancy.

What is the recovery time for Tummy Tuck?

Day 1-3 It is usually required that patients rest in bed for up to about 3 days after surgery.
Day 7-14 Most patients can return to work about 2-4 weeks into the tummy tuck recovery period.
1-2 Months At least 4 weeks should pass before any strenuous activities are attempted. Depending on the extent of your tummy tuck surgery, your surgeon could recommend up to 8 weeks of no exercise strenuous Physical Exertion.

Will my insurance company cover Tummy Tuck?

Because of the cosmetic nature of a tummy tuck, insurance usually is not involved. In rare situations, sometimes ones involving gastric bypass surgery, there may be some partial insurance coverage.

Is there much discomfort for Tummy Tuck?

After a tummy tuck, discomfort is definitely evident. The surgeon will offer instructions for easing any pain, and prescription pain medication can be taken to help control it. Dr.Tejinder Bhatti’s painless tummy tuck involves continuous infusion of
pain killers through a special catheter. In the last 40 cases, we did not have patients complaining of pain. Insurance is admissible in cases who have a ventral hernia due to which they have undergone surgery.

What types of anesthesia is necessary for Tummy Tuck?

Dr. Bhatti prefers epidural anesthesia in which the patient is aware and talking throughout the procedure.

What else can I combine Tummy Tuck with?

For enhanced results, a tummy tuck may be combined with:

  • Liposuction
  • Thigh or Buttock Lift
  • Breast Reduction
  • Breast Lift
  • Breast Augmentation
What else is Tummy Tuck referred to as?

Abdominoplasty. Abdominal Lipectomy.

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  • 5 Rivers Wellness Clinics,
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  • Mohali (Chandigarh),
  • 140307 INDIA

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