Generally an abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is considered as a purely cosmetic procedure that can help you slim your waistline. While it is true that the surgery can give you a shapelier figure, the procedure can also be an opportunity to address certain medical conditions.
Seasoned plastic surgeon of Lahore Dr. Imran Riaz is skilled and experienced in body contouring procedures. He understands that every patient is unique, and he is very thorough in gathering the information he needs to make quality medical and aesthetic recommendations for you.
Can a Tummy Tuck Help my Umbilical Hernia?
Umbilical hernia repair can be done with a tummy tuck procedure to achieve more aesthetic results. An umbilical hernia may be congenital or may develop in adulthood as a result of multiple pregnancies, obesity, or other medical conditions. Generally, umbilical hernias in adults are the result of a weak abdominal wall, which can be tightened in a tummy tuck procedure. Umbilical hernias appear as a bulge near your belly button. You may experience discomfort and pressure in your abdomen, and you may be self-conscious about the appearance of the hernia.
If you have additional concerns, a tummy tuck procedure may be a good solution to both repair your umbilical hernia and address issues such as:
- Loose, sagging skin – Pregnancy and weight fluctuations can cause skin to lose elasticity. Skin folds can rub together and get irritated, and it can be difficult to look and feel your best in form-fitting clothes or swim wear.
- Diastasis recti (separated abdominal muscles) – This condition can occur as a result of pregnancy or significant weight fluctuations. When the abdominal muscles are stretched or torn, your stomach will protrude. Dr. Imran Riaz can tighten and repair these muscles to firm and flatten your abdominal area.
- Excess fat – A tummy tuck procedure allows Dr. Imran to remove stubborn fat from your abdominal area to slim your waistline.
Can a Tummy Tuck Help my Incisional Hernia?
Incisional hernia are the ones which can develop after any kind of surgery if abdominal wall has been opened. Weakness at the site of abdominal wall closure may lead to herniation of abdominal contents. Sometimes these are very large protrusions and quite visible even when one is dressed. Such hernias can s repaired during tummy tuck as their sac is exposed when the skin flap is raised.
Combining a Tummy Tuck with Hernia Repair
If Dr. Imran finds hernia during your examination he will refer you to a general surgeon to determine if it can be repaired during your tummy tuck procedure. If your general surgeon finds that it is safe to combine the procedures, he or she will be present at your tummy tuck surgery to perform the hernia repair.
The combined procedure begins with the tummy tuck incision, which is made around the navel and extends from hip to hip. The general surgeon will place the herniated tissue or organ behind the abdominal wall to repair the hernia. Dr. Imran will tighten the weak or damaged abdominal muscles. He will also remove excess skin and fat and then place the skin and tissue to create a smoother, firmer abdomen. The final step is to close the incision.
What are the advantages of combining tummy tuck with hernia repair?
Fat and loose abdominal wall play a major role in formation of hernia. Hernia repair is one of the surgical procedures, where recurrence is not uncommon, and multiple surgeries may be required.
Tummy tuck along with hernia repair drastically reduces the risk of reformation of hernia. Since tummy tuck removes the extra fat of tummy and tightens abdominal wall so it gives an additional support to the repaired hernia site.
What is cost of Tummy Tuck with Hernia Repair?
Please consult with Dr. Imran Riaz to know cost of tummy tuck and hernia repair.
Hernia repair and tummy tuck recovery time?
You’ll wear an abdominal binder for about six weeks. This helps to avoid fluid buildup and helps to support your abdomen. While the recovery period is usually shorter for a mini-tummy tuck, you’ll still need to avoid strenuous activity for at least six weeks. This includes any vigorous exercise or heavy lifting.