All About Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck is also known as abdominoplasty. It is cosmetic surgery procedure which removes the excess fat and skin from the lower and middle abdomen. Some people will have loose or slaggy abdomen generally after pregnancy. After this surgery the abdomen becomes thinner and tight. The costs for the tummy tuck cost Utah vary.

Who can go for tummy tuck

A tummy tuck is not a weight loss substitute. It is done in most hospitals where plastic surgery is done and also at tummy tuck cost Utah. The cost for the tummy tuck varies from country to country.  Ideally a person can go for tummy tuck if

  • He/she has a stable body weight
  • Should not be pregnant and should not be planned in future
  • Should be healthy
  • Should not be able to get the desired results with dieting and exercise
  • Should not show significant fluctuations in weight

Tummy tuck procedure

These are two types based on the scope of the surgery to be achieved. They are complete abdominoplasty, which takes about 1-5 hrs for the process and a mini or partial abdominoplasty completes in 1-2 hrs.

In complete abdominoplasty, after anesthesia an incision is done from the hip area right above the pubic area until the hip. The second incision is done to remove the excess skin from the upper abdomen. The skin on the upper abdomen is pulled downwards, following by trimming of the extra skin and ultimately leading to suturing of the left over skin. A new opening for the belly button is created i.e., the belly button is moved in complete abdominoplasty. Liposuction is often used to refine the transition zone. After that dressing will be done and the compressive garments are given to minimize the swelling and also to repair the tissues. Small and thin tubes may be placed under the skin for few days to drain the excess fluids and blood.

Partial or mini abdominoplasty is often done to those who is desired to correct small portions of their lower abdomen. In this procedure, a smaller incisions is made compared with the complete tummy tuck. The skin and fat of the lower abdomen is detached, stretched and the excess skin is removed. Usually the belly button is not moved in this procedure.

Sometimes, for few patients an extended abdominoplasty may be required to achieve the desired shape.


Recovery often depends on the individual, type of surgery and other factors which lasts for one to four weeks.

Initially one may feel bruising and discomfort and other risks include

  • pulmonary and cardiac complications Anesthesia risks
  • Deep vein thrombosis,
  • fat necrosis – Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die
  • Recurrent loosing of skin
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • prolonged swelling
  • Skin discoloration
  • changes in skin sensation
  • Bleeding
  • Numbness
  • Poor wound healing
  • Seroma – Fluid accumulation
  • Infection

Patients also advised to avoid smoking in the recovery

Heavy liftings are to be avoided after the surgery and should be follow up with surgeon.

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