This is part 2 of a guide detailing tummy tuck surgery which details the procedure in detail and the aftercare you can expect to receive. Part 1 introduced this procedure and gave some of the reasons for wanting to opt for it.
The operation itself involves a general anaesthetic as the procedure is of course too complex to administer under a local anaesthetic and with the care of a trained and experienced anaesthetist the risks are much less.
Once you are under the anaesthetic an elliptical piece of skin will be removed between the pubic bone and the belly button. This takes care of the extra skin you will have been left with after dieting and any extra fat that may still reside in the area. If necessary the surgeon will tighten the underlying muscles which may have been weakened by carrying the extra weight.
The skin from above the belly button is then pulled down and sutured in the area of the pubic bone giving the tummy a much tighter and youthful appearance. A hole must the be made to accommodate the belly button which will of course need to be moved to keep things looking normal. This will result in 2 scars, the lower of which will be concealed in the pubic region by most underwear.
Once you have come round from the anaesthetic you will usually need to remain in the hospital for 2-4 days to allow your post operative recovery to be monitored and this is the standard of care you should expect when using a reputable surgeon. You will of course be bandaged and there should also be drainage tubes at the incision sites to ensure any excess fluid can drain from the area. These will be removed 1-2 days after the operation and should non-dissolvable sutures have been used you will need to return to the hospital approximately 10 days afterwards to have these removed.
As mentioned in the first part of this guide, you should ensure you look for an accredited surgeon to ensure the quality of the procedure is of the highest standard.