At our clinic, we offer different types of tummy tucks to cater to various concerns and goals. During your consultation with Dr. Hadi, she will carefully evaluate your needs and help you choose the most suitable tummy tuck option. Here are some of the types of tummy tucks we offer:
This is the standard and most commonly performed type of abdominoplasty. It involves making a horizontal incision above the pubic area, extending from hip to hip. Through this incision, the surgeon removes excess skin and fat, tightens abdominal muscles, and repositions the belly button for a more natural appearance. Traditional abdominoplasty is suitable for patients with significant skin laxity and muscle separation
Mini abdominoplasty is a less invasive option suitable for patients with mild to moderate skin and muscle laxity below the belly button. The incision is smaller and usually limited to the area between the pubic bone and the belly button. This procedure is ideal for those looking to address localized lower abdominal concerns and achieve a more contoured midsection.
Extended abdominoplasty targets not only the abdominal region but also the flanks and lower back. The incision extends beyond the hip bones, allowing for a more comprehensive improvement in body contour. Patients with a significant amount of excess skin and fat in the lateral and posterior regions may benefit from this procedure..
High Lateral Tension Abdominoplasty (HLTA):
HLTA is an advanced technique that offers dramatic results, especially for patients with significant skin sagging and laxity in the abdominal area. This approach tightens the abdominal muscles and lifts the outer thighs for a more sculpted silhouette. The incision pattern is similar to that of a traditional abdominoplasty, but the tension is strategically adjusted to achieve a more defined waistline
This technique is suitable for patients who have undergone significant weight loss, resulting in excess skin and tissue both horizontally and vertically. The incision forms a "T" shape, allowing for removal of excess skin and tissue from both the lower and upper abdomen. Fleur-de-Lis abdominoplasty offers substantial improvements and a more balanced body contour.
Circumferential Abdominoplasty (belt lipectomy):
Also known as a lower body lift, this comprehensive procedure addresses the abdomen, lower back, flanks, and buttocks. The incision extends around the entire waistline, allowing for a significant transformation in body shape. Circumferential abdominoplasty is commonly chosen by patients who have experienced massive weight loss or significant skin sagging due to aging or pregnancy.
Reverse tummy tuck:
This operation targets the upper part of the abdomen. The incision is placed under the breast, and the tissue is lifted and secured using anchoring sutures.
360 Liposuction with Tummy Tuck:
Ideal for patients who want to slim down their overall shape in addition to a tummy tuck, the 360 liposuction procedure is a good option. It involves performing liposuction on the upper back, lower back, and flanks while the patient is lying on their stomach (prone), followed by the tummy tuck when they are turned onto their back. Fat grafting to enhance the buttocks or breasts can also be added.
Each type of abdominoplasty comes with its own set of benefits and considerations. Our plastic surgeons will conduct a thorough assessment and help you choose the most suitable option based on your aesthetic goals, medical history, and individual anatomy. Remember, abdominoplasty is not a substitute for weight loss or a healthy lifestyle. To maintain the results long-term, it's essential to maintain a balanced diet, exercise regularly, and follow a healthy lifestyle.
When is muscle repair done ?
Muscle Repair in Abdominoplasty
Muscle repair, also known as diastasis recti repair, is often incorporated in abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) procedures. It focuses on suturing or tightening the separated or weakened abdominal muscles, a prevalent issue termed diastasis recti.
Understanding Diastasis Recti
Diastasis recti denotes the separation of left and right abdominal muscles (rectus abdominis muscles), resulting in a midline gap or bulge. Such a condition arises due to several causes including pregnancy, weight fluctuations, aging, and consistent strain on abdominal muscles.
The Significance of Muscle Repair
Muscle repair is an essential component of abdominoplasty, especially for individuals with diastasis recti. During the surgery, the plastic surgeon makes an incision in the abdominal area and accesses the underlying muscles. The separated muscles are then carefully brought back together and sutured in place to restore their normal position and provide improved abdominal wall support and tone.
The muscle repair not only enhances the aesthetic appearance of the abdomen but also serves functional purposes. By tightening the abdominal muscles, the core strength is improved, which can lead to better posture and reduced back pain in some cases. Additionally, the repaired muscles can better support the internal organs and contribute to improved abdominal function.
Integration with Abdominoplasty
Muscle repair is usually performed in combination with the removal of excess skin and fat during the abdominoplasty procedure. The extent of muscle repair required will vary depending on the individual's condition and the type of abdominoplasty being performed (e.g., traditional, mini, extended, etc.).
Diagnosing Muscle Separation
To diagnose muscle separation, an ultrasound of the abdominal wall is needed. Medicare recognises this as a medical condition if the separation is more than 3cm and non surgical methods such as physiotherapy have been tried for 6 months or more. Muscle separation can be associated with back pain.
Immediate Postoperative Period: During the first few days after your abdominoplasty, you'll experience some discomfort, swelling, and possibly bruising. Your surgeon will prescribe pain medication to manage any discomfort. It's crucial to have a support system in place to assist you during this initial phase.
- Week 1-2: You'll need to rest and limit physical activity. Walking is encouraged to promote blood circulation but avoid strenuous activities.
- Week 3-4: You may start light activities and return to work if it involves minimal physical exertion.
- Week 5-6: With your surgeon's approval, you can gradually increase your activity level.
- Months 2-3: By this time, most swelling should have subsided, and you can resume more regular exercise.
- Months 4 and beyond: You should be feeling more like yourself, enjoying your new contours and increased confidence.
Tips for a Smooth Recovery
- Follow Your Surgeon's Instructions: Your surgeon's guidelines are tailored to your specific case, so adhere to them closely.
- Pain Management: Take prescribed pain medications as directed and use ice packs to reduce swelling.
- Healthy Diet: Focus on a nutrient-rich diet to support healing and minimize inflammation.
- Hydration: Drink plenty of water to aid in the healing process and keep your skin hydrated.
- Rest and Sleep: Prioritize sufficient rest and sleep to allow your body to recover.
- Compression Garments: Wear compression garments as advised by your surgeon to reduce swelling and provide support.
- Wear your leg stockings: for 2 weeks to prevent clots in the legs.
- Avoid Smoking and Alcohol: Both can hinder the healing process and increase the risk of complications.
- Scar Care: Follow your surgeon's scar care instructions to promote optimal healing of incision sites.
Managing Emotional Aspects
Recovering from abdominoplasty not only involves physical healing but also emotional adjustment. It's normal to have mixed feelings during this period. Surround yourself with supportive friends and family, and stay connected with your surgeon for any concerns or questions.
Monitoring and Follow-up
Regular follow-up appointments with your plastic surgeon are essential to track your progress, address any concerns, and ensure that your recovery is on the right track.
A successful recovery from abdominoplasty requires patience, commitment, and a positive mindset. By following your surgeon's advice, taking care of your body, and giving yourself time to heal, you'll be well on your way to enjoying the results of your tummy tuck surgery.
If you have any questions or concerns about your recovery process, please don't hesitate to reach out to our experienced plastic surgery team. Your comfort and well-being are our top priorities.
About Our Clinic
At our clinic, Dr. Reema Hadi and her team prioritize your safety and satisfaction. With our friendly and patient-centred approach, we provide unique and tailored abdominoplasty solutions that meet your individual needs.