Lipoabdominoplasty(tummy tuck) is a common plastic surgery operation. The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons(BAAPS) reported 3,147 patients operated by BAAPS members in 2010. It is very effective for correction of skin overhang and muscle laxity after weight loss or pregnancies. These conditions are not addressed well by liposuction alone or any of the popular skin tightening devices in the market.
From June 2010 to the present, I started an innovative approach combining internal locking stitches, tissue glue and local anaesthetic infusion pumps without the use of drains ( tubes left within the abdominal wound to drain excess blood and body fluids) on all my lipoabdominoplasty patients. The result was greater comfort for the patients, earlier mobilisation, earlier discharge and less risk of complications. The quilting and liposuction was effective in creating a more athletic looking abdomen with greater definitions. I call this the ‘lock and glue’ or ‘super glue’ tummy tuck.
This was presented as a poster at our recent BAAPS Annual Meeting at the International Convention Center in Birmingham and we won the top prize!
Thank you to all my patients who have been blogging their positive experience and sharing this in discussion groups on the net. I do think this innovative approach is not just my way but the winning way.