Also known as Abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer. It’s important to have in mind that a Tummy Tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program.
Also, it’s important to know if you are considering on planning some substantial weight loss or future pregnancies, the best choice would be to postpone a Tummy Tuck.
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures.
A full Tummy Tuck requires a horizontally-oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairline and belly button. A second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen.
Sutures, skin adhesives, tapes or clips close the skin incisions.
Your Tummy Tuck will result in a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight.
We recommend a balanced diet for at least 5 days: low in fat, and avoid all types of grains (beans, rice, lentils, spices etc.), because this causes abdominal distention.
General rest is important, if you walk do so in a 75 degree angle, DO NOT WALK IN AN UP RIGHT POSITION. Minimum activities are permitted. When going to sleep put some pillows on your back and under your knees to maintain a flexed position or sleep on your side in a crouched position, never a flat position. This is to avoid tension from the surgery.
Avoid raising your arms above your shoulders for about 6 weeks this will keep tension off from the scar. Avoid lifting heavy objects.
Use griddle and bra on a daily basis; this will prevent a series of complications such as seromas (accumulation of liquid in certain areas) and hematomas. This will also help reduce the swelling. You will use it for 4 to 6 weeks after the surgery. By this time most of the swelling will be gone.
It is important to empty the drains twice a day, you have 4 drains you will have to drain each one every 12 hours (in the morning and before going to bed). In order to do that, take off the hose, empty the container, then make pressure over it and connect the hose back to the container to keep the vacuum.
We are giving you a drainage control sheet on which you will be putting the amounts of drainage of each time you empty your drains you have to do this in order to keep track of how much you are draining, you will have to write the amount of each one, that way Dr. Luis Suarez will be able to determine when you will be able to remove them.