Abdominoplasty – tummy tuck

 Abdominoplasty, tummy tuck as common called as, is a major surgery that aims at not only removing excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen, but also it tightens the weakened muscles. It is most suitable for women who have had many pregnancies or men who has lost a lot of weight.

What is reason for protruding belly in women?

The most common cause for a belly after pregnancy in women is condition called as Recti divarication. There are two recti muscles in front of your abdomen which runs from your chest to pelvic bone.

During pregnancy as the child grows inside the uterus, there is gradual enlargement of the abdomen. There is lots of stretching of the muscles and the fascia. There may be tearing up of the facia in some woman. The normal recoiling that happens in the women after pregnancy doesn’t happen in the same way to all. This is main reason for protruding belly following pregnancy.

What is tummy tuck?

Tummy tuck is surgical procedure having four main components

  1. Removing of the excess skin and fat tissue from the lower abdomen area.
  2. Repairing of the weakened muscle in front of the abdomen
  3. Creating a new umbilicus(belly button) position and shape
  4. Suturing of the upper cut abdomen to the lower part, producing a neat and hidden scar.

Ideal candidate for tummy tuck,

  •   Woman having large belly after multiple pregnancy.
  •   People having sagging skin after massive weight loss, either due to bariatric Surgery or dietary.
  • Must be ideal and stable body weight 
  •  Motivated to follow a healthy life style after the procedure.

Which is best for tummy reduction, abdominoplasty or liposuction?

Liposuction is suitable when you do not have a sagging skin and only fat needs to be reduced. Moreover, the skin quality should be good, meaning nice and elastic.

On the other hand, when you have muscle weakness (Recti divarications) and sagging and stretched skin, abdominoplasty is only the option.

How do I decide which is best suited for me?

As explained earlier you surgeon will able to tell you after examining you. The fat distribution, skin quality and muscle weakness are the guide in choosing the right one.

Types of abdominoplasty

 Abdominoplasty can be tailored as per your requirements. That is, there are different types of the tummy tuck available .your surgeon will able to guide you in choosing the one that will suit you.

  • Mini abdominoplasty– when the protrusion is mainly below your belly button, the surgical steps are limited to address the lower part of the abdomen alone
  • Abdominoplasty– a complete surgical procedure requiring all the four steps as discussed earlier.
  • Extended abdominoplasty– larger defect and excess of fat bulges on the sides might require extension of the cuts beyond the regular region,
  • Lipo abdominoplasty– liposuction has become complimentary to abdominoplasty. It helps in contouring or shaping up other parts such as hip. Most importantly, it helps to thin the upper part of the abdomen.

      Liposuction also helps in sliding of the upper part and helps in tension less suturing.

What is post operative care for tummy tuck?

  1. As it involves the strengthening of the muscles you may have pain post surgery.
  2. You will need  admission in the hospital for at least for  one day depending upon the amount of surgery done.
  3. You will require dressing changes as advised by your surgeons.
  4. You will advised by your clinics about your follow ups.
  5. You will not able to do your routine house hold works for at least three days.
  6. Someone should be helping you to take care of your Kids and pets.
  7. Can resume office work after 7 -10 days.
  8. Start your aerobic workout 2 weeks.
  9. Avoid lifting weight for 3 months . 

What to do after tummy tuck for better recovery?

  1. Start moving your limbs and body as much as possible.
  2. Start to walk around as quick as you can, it would help the blood to move around in the legs.
  3. Take deep breathing exercise, which would help your lungs to expand and get oxygen.
  4. Take adequate liquids and keep yourself hydrated .
  5.  Have a check on urine . You will have pee at least 3 times a day.
  6. Take soft diets that are easily digestible.
  7. Avoid spicy/ masala foods.
  8. Take your medications as advised.
  9. Keep a watch on your dressing, if it is soaked, know it is time to change it. 
  10. Keep regular follow up with the clinic.


Can men under go tummy tuck?

Yes, but the type of surgery will be different from the one that is normally done for women. Most men don’t have muscle weakness and hence muscle repair is usually not it. In them the excess skin and fat are removed in the same way as regular tummy tuck.

Can I become pregnant after tummy tuck?

Yes , you can. But the results you had after tummy tuck would probably go away. In other words , it is wise to opt for tummy tuck once you have completed your family.

Can we tummy tuck during C section surgery itself?

No. Not advised. As the aim of C section is to deliver a safe baby. Moreover, the abdomen will reduce over period of time after the delivery naturally.

Will insurance cover tummy tuck in India?

May be. In case you have a hernia ( a condition in which there is defect / hole in the abdomen covering) insurance might help. Or when there is a larger recti divarication defect affecting your daily routine insurance might help.

When can I return to office work?

Work from home could be resumed in 3 days time however, of you have to travel for work then two or three weeks would be required depending upon your recovery.

When can I start my work out class after tummy tuck?

Muscle strengthening exercise would take up to 2 to 3 months depending upon the defect of the muscles that was corrected. At first , if you had a smaller correction then one month is sufficient.

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About creas

Creas Aesthetic Center is one of the leading cosmetic centers known for offering world-class cosmetic surgery in coimbatore. Dr. Senthil Kumar is one of the best cosmetic surgeons in Coimbatore and is known for his experience and expertise in offering a wide range of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures. If you are looking for high quality Abdominoplasty treatment in Coimbatore, Creas Aesthetic Center is your go-to cosmetic clinic.

Clients words

Rasika Chrill
Dr.senthilkumar and his team is very professional and caring. He asks a lot of questions and he is very knowledgeable and reassuring. He took time to explain what he thought the issue could be and explained the operation
I had a pleasant experience with Dr. Senthil Kumar for my concern. I was received well by the staff and all my queries were answered. The follow-up was smooth and I was regularly followed up telephonically. I would recommend Creas Aesthetic Clinic and Dr. Senthil to friends and familyVinu Priya
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