Tummy Tuck (ABDOMINOPLASTY)
Abdominal stretching is the most common surgical method for removing sagging skin and fat accumulation in the upper, middle and lower abdomen, and tightening the abdominal muscles. As a result of this method, which is used for sagging in the abdominal region, a striking improvement is achieved. At the end of this surgery, the scar that will be longer than the cesarean section and will remain in the bikini line will fade over time.
Aesthetic abdominal surgeries are the most commonly performed surgeries in plastic surgery. The deformity in the abdominal region is corrected with the liposuction method if there is no sagging skin due to fat accumulation in the region. If there is skin sagging and deformity due to relaxation in the muscles, along with fat accumulation in the abdomen, the existing deformity is corrected by the abdominal stretching and muscle tightening method called abdominoplasty.
CRITERIA FOR ABDOMINOPLASTY
The best candidates for a tummy tuck, whether male or female, are those who suffer from sagging abdominal skin or fat accumulation that does not improve with exercise and diet. In addition, it is a good method for women who have had multiple pregnancies, to strengthen the relaxed abdominal muscles and to tighten the saggy abdominal skin. In elderly people, this method can be applied to correct the sagging abdominal skin over time.
People who have a lot of weight and are planning to lose this weight until they lose their excess weight, and people who plan to become pregnant young, postpone this surgery until after the birth, allowing the tummy tuck procedure to give more permanent and better results.
RISKS OF TUMMY TUCK SURGERY
All surgical interventions carry risks. Hundreds of tummy tuck surgeries are performed every year. If these surgical procedures are performed by experienced plastic surgeons, the results are generally positive. The surgical scar in the bikini line in the lower abdomen becomes indistinct over time. If it is not done with proper planning and surgical technique, partial skin losses, infection, and wound dehiscence may occur.
After reviewing your general health, your surgeon will examine your abdomen and plan the surgery. If you are a smoker and you have medications you use, you should tell your doctor.
If your fat accumulation is around the navel and you have very little skin sagging, the deformity can be corrected with a smaller intervention called a mini tummy tuck. Liposuction method can be added for fat accumulation in the waist area.
Your surgeon will evaluate your complaints and findings and choose the most appropriate method for you.
PREPARATION FOR SURGERY
Your surgeon will inform you about what to do before the operation. You should not smoke especially 1-2 weeks before the surgery and until 2 weeks after the surgery. If you have a medication that you use regularly, you should tell your doctor.
Classic tummy tuck surgery takes 2-3 hours, depending on the size and width of the abdomen. A mini tummy tuck takes about 1-2 hours. Your doctor makes the incision where he/she planned it before the surgery. In mini tummy tuck, the incision is smaller and does not attract attention after surgery.
In classical tummy tuck, the skin is separated from the abdominal wall up to the lower part of the ribs. The looseness in the abdominal muscles is restored. This process ensures a flat stomach and narrows the waist. The skin is pulled down and the excess skin is removed. A new place is made for your navel. At the end of the operation, the patient is dressed in a suitable corset.
You will feel a small amount of pain and tension after the surgery. However, these complaints can be controlled with the drugs you will use. Depending on the extent of the surgery, you can go home on the same day or stay in the hospital for 2-3 days.
Although you may not be able to stand fully upright at first, you should get up and walk as soon as possible.
It may take 2-3 weeks for you to feel like before. If you start exercises that will strengthen your abdominal muscles, the recovery after tummy tuck will be very fast. You can return to work after an average of 1-2 weeks. You should avoid heavy exercises. The surgical scar can be seen clearly during the recovery period between 3-6 months. This is normal, after 9 months or 1 year your scar will flatten and its color will lighten. Since this trace will be inside your underwear, it is not a problem.
Your new look, tummy tuck surgery, whether full or mini, gives very good results in patients with sagging skin and loose abdominal muscles. In most cases, it gives long-lasting results if proper diet and continuous exercise are followed.