Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty)
Information: Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty) removes excess skin and fat around the stomach while tightening the abdominal wall. The surgery is frequently performed after pregnancy or weight loss when there is stretched or sagging skin. A new belly button may need to be surgically created. Other procedures such as liposuction or breast augmentation with uplift are often performed at the same time.
Abdominoplasty - tummy tuck surgery - is an aesthetic method that provides flat abdomen and tightness to the abdominal muscles, by removing the fat tissue in the middle and lower abdomen and excess skin. Sagging abdominal skin usually occurs due to deformation of the abdomen and abdomen muscles resulting from pregnancy, excessive weight gain, and relaxation.
Significant weight loss causes relaxation and sagging in the abdomen. Even in people with normal size and weight, sometimes a little excess skin, looseness and sagging may occur in the abdomen. The most important reasons for this situation can be genetic features, multiple pregnancies, previous surgical procedures and weight gain-loss. Tummy tuck surgery involving the removal of skin and subcutaneous fat tissue and tightening of the muscles dramatically corrects the sagging abdomen.
If you would like to get a tightened and flat belly and abdomen, tummy tuck surgery can help you. Abdominoplasty allows the removal of excess fat and excess skin. In some cases, it may be necessary to repair the muscles that are loose and dissociated. This provides a flat, tense abdomen look.
It would be the most rational and right decision to postpone this surgery for women who would like to have a child soon. If you smoke, you will be asked to stop smoking to get the best results after the operation. Smoking will decrease blood flow by narrowing the veins in your body, and a slow and bad recovery will occur. Some painkillers such as aspirin may increase bleeding and should be discontinued a few weeks before the surgery. A physical exam will reveal whether you are a good candidate for this operation. It must be noted that abdominoplasty is not a direct weight loss surgery, it is an operation to correct the body lines.
Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) surgery is an operation to be performed in a hospital. In most cases, general anaesthesia is preferred. For sedation and local anaesthesia can be done for mini tummy tuck surgery. These decisions will be determined according to the details of the procedure, your surgeon and your choice. Abdominoplasty operation takes 2-3 hours depending on the extent of the surgery. An incision line that can be concealed under the underwear is made 8-10 cm below the belly. A second incision is made to transfer the belly button around the belly. Immediately after the operation, patients wear a medical corset.
After the Tummy Tuck Surgery
When you wake up after the abdominoplasty surgery, you should remember that there will be a bandage wrapped around your abdomen. This is to reduce swelling and bleeding after surgery. Also, there will be two drain tubes placed under the skin. These tubes will be removed within 24-48 hours. There will be 1-2 pillows behind your knees after the procedure. These pillows will make your legs twisted so to reduce the tightness in the abdomen. During the first few days, you will be able to walk in a bending position due to stretch in the abdomen and gradually in the next days, you can walk upright.
In a full abdominoplasty surgery, there is a long scar mark on the bikini line because the muscles of the abdomen with reduced elasticity will be re-stretched and the excess skin will be removed, the drains that will stay for 24-48 hours will be placed to avoid any problems. These drains will prevent the fluids that might accumulate under the skin through draining them.
Mini Tummy Tuck
The mini tummy tuck surgery is performed with a slightly smaller incision right above the inguinal. Operation is performed between the crotch and the belly, the belly button is not touched and changed, the abdomen is stretched, and after the suturing the belly button seems to be pulled down a little. Mini tummy tuck surgery lasts 1-2 hours. In the mini-abdominoplasty procedure, there will be only a small scar mark on the midline because stretching will be limited, there will be no marks around the belly. Liposuction can be done together with this operation.
Recovery after Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Surgery
Blood congestion (hematoma) under the skin, infection, wound area problems are very rare but possible complications after abdominal stretching surgery. To prevent these risks and complications, a drain (the tube that will drain the blood) is placed on the surgery area; antibiotics, wound dressing and the necessary supportive drugs (wound-correcting gels, massages) are provided.
Patients stay in the hospital for 1 or 2 days after the operation. Patients are dressed in special medical corsets to ensure their return to the social and work life as soon as possible. Patients normally can return to daily activities in the postoperative 7th-8th day. They can start their daily routine life in 15-18 days. Also, they can perform sports activities in 6-8 weeks.