THE ASIAN TROPICS
Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic Surgery
Mini Tummy Tuck or Mini-Tuck
A Mini-Tuck procedure involves removal of skin and subcutaneous fat layer only. Repair of the abdominal wall muscles and transfer of the belly button are avoided. The curved bikini scar is still expected but there will be no more belly button scar.
Good candidates for a mini-abdominoplasty are those with lesser degree of abdominal wall muscle separation (diasthesis) and minimal skin looseness.
Operative time is shorter and recovery faster.
Extended Tummy Tuck
Extended Abdominoplasty is the same as the Classical Abdominoplasty except that it extends to the lower back to include removal of skin and fat in the said area. The incision (and scar) is circumferential.
Tummy Tuck Surgery
Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck is a plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery procedure that is performed on patients with abdominal wall laxity coupled with skin redundancy or looseness. These are caused by excessive weight gain (and loss) and commonly pregnancy.
The procedure (Classical Abdominoplasty) involves the following:
1. Repair of the separated abdominal wall muscles.
2. Removal of excess skin (usually with stretched marks).
3. Removal of underlying fat tissue.
4. Transfer or creation of a new belly button (navel).
These results to a flatter and tigher tummy. In exchange, you will have a long and curved bikini scar (which can be hidden by your underwear) and another scar around your new belly button.
Abdominoplasty is done under sedation or general anesthesia and sometimes is combined with abdominal liposuction to give superior result. A drain is placed and removed after 24-48 hours. Expect bruising for 2 weeks and swelling up to 4 weeks. You will be asked to wear a special garment to compress the tummy for 1-2 months. Stitches are removed on the 14th day.
There are three (3) variations of Abdominoplasty:
1. Standard or Full Tummy Tuck
3. Extended Tummy Tuck
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