If a tummy tuck is a procedure that you’re considering, this summary breaks down the procedure and explains the most commonly used terms.
A tummy tuck is usually performed as an elective surgery (meaning its pre-booked and not considered emergency work). Candidates often refer to muffin top waistlines (loose hip skin that hangs over the top of pants) or as having an apron (loose tummy skin which hangs from the front).
A patient will have either a hip to hip or fleur-de-lys procedure – the latter removes loose side skin as well as stomach skin,leaving an upside down T-shaped scar while the former is focuses on removing only front skin. Liposuction removes excess fat cells and is often performed at the same time as a tummy tuck.
After the surgery, a patient can expect to have up to three drainage tubes in the surgery site for two weeks at most. These drains help to reduce fluid building up and must be ‘milked’ or emptied several times a day and the fluid measured in millilitres. Blood build-up is called a hematoma while fluid buildup is called seroma. Both can be dangerous if not addressed. A pain pump will also be attached to you, pumping pain relief directly into the surgery site.
A compression garment must be worn to help keep the new shape and also help reduce swelling. A compression garment is also called a body binder, a torture device or a girdle. Taping a marble into the belly button (the marble trick) is recommended at this time to help recreate to round shape.