What Is Abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty is one of the most effective body contouring procedures designed to remove excess fat, skin and reestablish weakened muscles.

Abdominoplasty known as tummy tuck surgery is among the most preferred aesthetic operations by those who have regional weight gain and sagging problems, those who gain and lose weight frequently, those who have genetic problems only in the abdominal area and by women in the postpartum period.

Despite sports, diet and exercise, an enlarged fat layer may occur in the abdominal area. In addition, skin problems such as stretch marks caused by collagen fractures in the skin structure of the person can cause regional problems. This deformation of the abdominal muscles known as c-sec belly, which can occur mostly after the birth of overweight babies, may cause this area to no longer carry itself and the sagging occurs in this area. Abdominoplasty surgery helps you to reach an ideal fit body image.

Since the results of the abdominoplasty can be negatively affected during pregnancy, women who are thinking about having children need to postpone the operation. However, according to scientific studies, women who became pregnant from the sixth month after abdominoplasty and gave birth successfully are included in the literature.

How Is Abdominoplasty Surgery Performed?

Aesthetic appearance is provided with two types of abdominoplasty operations: a full tummy tuck and a mini tummy tuck.

Patients with severe relaxation and sagging of the skin, excessive fat deposition and abdominal muscle separation should be considered as good candidates for full tummy tuck surgery.

The operation takes about 2-3 hours and performed under general anesthesia. The average length of stay in hospital is 1-2 days. In this operation, an incision is made around the navel, protecting the navel, a long and horizontal incision is made at the bottom, excess saggy skin and fat are removed.  The abdominal muscles are mutually tightened like a corset above and below the navel and a stiff appearance is obtained. Although a long horizontal incision scar remains after the operation, the most successful improvement in the shape of the abdomen can be achieved with this surgery.

On the other hand, patients with a small amount of sagging skin problems under the belly should be considered as good candidates for mini tummy tuck surgery. This surgery is also performed under general anesthesia. During surgery, skin and fat are removed from the lower abdomen and the incision is closed with horizontal sutures. Mini tummy tuck provides a milder effect than full tummy tuck operations. However, it is possible to get an ideal appearance with an appropriate patient selection. It is usually combined with liposuction around the waist.

How Is the Post-Operative Process?

The average length of stay in hospital is 1 to 2 days. Depending on the severity of the surgery, the patient can also be discharged within a few hours. Swelling in the abdominal area is common in the first few days after surgery

A drain is placed to prevent blood or fluid collection during surgery. Drains are removed within 1 to 2 days following the surgery. Although the patient has difficulty in standing upright in order not to stretch the operation area at first, it becomes important for the patient to start walking as soon as possible. It is necessary to walk leaning forward for 5 or 6 days after the operation.

Patients are recommended to wear a special corset for about a month. This corset also increases the success of surgery by helping the abdominal area to achieve the desired shape. The patient can take a bath and can return to their daily works 2 to 3 days following the surgery. Since the stitches do not heal completely in the first week, it is required to avoid specific movements such as severe coughing, sneezing and straining. The trace of the patient in the bikini is hided.  After your tummy tuck surgery, you will see a noticeable difference. In time, physically improvements of the surgery will gradually continue to become more obvious after 3 weeks.


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