Dermolipectomy and tummy tuck are medical terms used to define a surgical procedure which seeks to correct a soft abdomen, with excess skin and fatty tissue often develop at this site due to the effects of aging, pregnancies, and weight gain. The skin gradually loses elasticity and is stretched beyond its ability to contract following weight loss.
Through this procedure, a resection of adipose tissue (skin and fat) is performed at the level of the lower abdomen, accompanied in most cases by a reinforcement of the abdominal muscles through sutures and repositioning of the umbilicus. It may be associated with liposuction to improve the body contour further.
Dermolipectomy does not replace a program of physical exercise and should not be used as a mechanism for weight loss, and the variation of it during the post-surgical period should be avoided so as not to compromise the result.
The post-surgical recovery takes around 2 to 3 weeks, during which time the patient must follow the medical guidelines, periodically wander, avoid excessive physical effort and sun exposure among others.
Any surgical intervention presents a controlled risk of complications inherent in the anesthetic act and the procedure itself. However, all the relevant measures are taken to prevent them from occurring. Among the possible complications, we find the following: seroma (accumulation of fluid under the skin), hematoma, hypersensitivity, edema, infection, thrombus formation, and scarring problems.
“Finally, remember that your health is also up to you, always follow your doctor’s instructions and avoid activities that compromise you such as smoking, drinking or ingesting any type of hallucinogenic substances.”