Tummy tuck surgery; abdominal surgery is performed to eliminate the slack in the front wall, along with the removal of excess skin in the abdominal fat. The best candidates for tummy tuck surgery are women or men who have skin laxity and excess abdominal fat which can not be eliminated by diet and exercise. With this surgery the fat in the abdomen and waist, which are the largest fat reservoir of your body, are removed permanently it is no longer possible to gain weight as old times.
Especially after pregnancy there may occur cracks, sagging abdominal skin and muscle relaxation in the abdominal wall surrounding the abdominal organs. If there is no excess skin liposuction is sufficient, otherwise tummy tuck surgery is necessary.
Those who are suitable for surgery
· If you have loose and sagging abdominal skin
· If you have excess fat and skin in the abdomen
· If the abdominal muscles are loose
· If you have significant cracks in the abdomen.
Activities carried out during surgery
Abdominal aesthetic surgery is performed under general anesthesia. There are two methods; mini-abdominoplasty surgery and abdominoplasty surgery. Mini-abdominoplasty is applied to patients with minimal sagging bellies, abdominoplasty to whom with severe deformation of the abdominal wall.
First the excess fat around the belly and waist will be removed by liposuction, entering through an incision between both groins, repair of the weakened abdominal muscles and umbilical hernia will be applied. The abdominal wall is tightened by collector sutures placed on the membrane (fascia) on the abdominal wall of the weakened muscles.The new core is sewn on the stretched belly. After removing the excess skin, the skin is sewn into layers. So the slack is removed.
A drain is inserted under the skin so the liquid can get out, this drainage usually is removed after 1 day. All the stitches are soluble, so they don’t need to be removed. After the surgery, a special fitting corset needs to be used for at least 3 weeks. It is allowed to take a bath or shower 2 days after surgery. Special creams promoting the healing needs to be used. The patient is requested not to lean forward for at least 10 days after surgery. The patient needs to walk upright after the 10th day control. The swelling and bruises will decrease over time. But the complete healing and final result will be seen after at least 1 month.
Whether partial or total, abdominoplasty, gives excellent results for people who have sagging skin and weakened abdominal muscles. In many cases, if applied a balanced diet and a regular exercise program, the results are permanent. Abdominoplasty surgery can also be combined with other body contour correction surgeries (such as breast surgery, liposuction) and other surgeries (such as uterine, ovarian surgery).
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Who are suitable for Tummy Tuck surgery?
Women or men who have skin laxity and excess abdominal fat which can not be eliminated by diet and exercise. This surgery is extremely helpful to especially women who gave birth several times, who have cracks in the abdominal skin and sagging, weakened abdominal muscles. People with the intention of giving birth are recommended to postpone the surgery until after the birth.
What are the preparations for the surgery?
If you smoke, you should quit for at least 3 weeks before and 2 weeks after the surgery. In this period of healing you should avoid the sun and stop the use of aspirin and vitamin E. Heavy diet regimen should be avoided, colds or other infections may cause the postponement of the operation.
What happens after surgery?
There can be swelling and pain in the abdominal area the first few days. The pain can be controlled with pain killers. Drains are usually removed after 1 day. The patient needs to stay at the hospital for 1 night. It can take a few weeks to feel as before the operation. You may return to work after 10 days. Scars may appear to get worse the first 3-6 months but that’s normal. The fading of the scars takes about 9-12 months. Partial or full abdominoplasty procedure creates excellent results for patients with weakness or sagging skin in the abdominal muscles. In most patients, with regular exercise and diet the excellent results can be maintained for many years.
What are the risks of tummy tuck surgery?
Hundreds of abdominoplasty surgeries are performed every year. If the surgery is performed by a plastic surgeon specialized in body contour correction, the results are satisfactory. Every surgical procedure has a certain amount of risk and the most important thing is for you to understand your surgery. A comparison of the risks and benefits of surgery in person to accept the surgical procedure is essential. A good surgery involves a prior examination and evaluation. This decreases the risk of complications such as bleeding and infection.