Abdominoplasty (Tummy tuck)

31 Jan, 2022

Abdominoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure to improve the appearance of the abdomen. Excess skin is removed from the abdomen and muscles, with the connective tissues tightened with sutures and bound to the abdomen to create a more toned look and restore muscle strength.

The procedure is done under general anesthetic and typically takes 2-3 hours.

Pre-abdominoplasty instructions:

  • Stop smoking. Smoking decreases blood flow in the skin and can slow the healing process. It also increases the risk of tissue damage. Smokers should stop smoking two weeks before the surgery and during recovery.
  • Avoid certain medications as directed by your doctor. These include aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) and supplements.
  • Maintain a stable weight. Ideally, you must maintain a stable weight for at least three to six months before the procedure.

Post-Op Instructions:

  • Cover the abdominal incision and belly button area with surgical tape.
  • Wear a compression abdominal garment (abdominal binder) for about three months after the procedure. This helps prevent fluid buildup and provides abdominal support while you heal.
  • Drainage tubes may be placed along the incision area to drain any excess blood or fluid.
  • Take antibiotics and pain relievers as directed by your doctor.
  • Walk as early as the first day after your procedure to help prevent the formation of blood clots down your legs. Make sure to wear compression stockings.
  • Avoid sudden bending at the waist to prevent reopening of the wound.

Must-know facts:

  • It is normal to have swelling around the incision area.
  • Abdominoplasty is a cosmetic surgery and therefore can leave a surgical scar. Scar visibility varies from one person to another as it depends on genetics.
  • You may need to continue taking antibiotics as long as the tubes are in place. Make sure to keep the incision area dry especially when showering.
  • Your surgeon may also prescribe a blood-thinning medication for a short time after the operation.

Dallah employs a number of leading cosmetic surgeons that are experts in their field and are able to advise on certain procedures like abdominoplasty.