Abdominoplasty – “Tummy Tuck”
Abdominoplasty. It is an aesthetic surgical procedure aimed at women and men.
It aims to correct the aesthetic problems in the abdomen resulting from:
- weight loss
- the effect of gravity
- the progressive loosening of tissues
The benefits of abdominoplasty are as follows:
- the excess skin is removed
- the excess fat is removed
- the stretch marks and marks under the navel are removed
- plastic surgeon tightens the abdominal muscles
- the waist circumference is reduced
- the navel is maintained
- some degree of pubic lift is achieved
- are corrected any hernias of the abdominal wall
The surgery is done with general anesthesia and lasts from 2 to 2½ hours. In classical abdominoplasty, there is an incision low in the abdomen that extends to the side of the abdomen, depending on the amount of loosening. In minor cases, mini abdominoplasty is performed with a smaller incision. After massive weight loss, it may be necessary to have a vertical incision in the midline or even circular abdominoplasty.
Staying at the clinic takes 1-2 days. Postoperatively a special compression garment is placed for about 4 weeks. Patients can return to work after 7 to 10 days and to exercise after 4-6 weeks.
Abdominoplasty forms the waist and contour of the body. It has great results. Unless there are any particular fluctuations in body weight, the results are long-lasting.
What is the tightening of the abdominal muscles that occurs during abdominal surgery and what benefits?
The abdominal muscles, during pregnancy or during the period of excessively high body weight, due to the increase in abdominal pressure, tend to move away from the midline of the body. This predisposes to the appearance of hernias in the middle line. By tightening the abdominal muscles during abdominal surgery, the muscle diastasis that often occurs after pregnancy or after a heavy weight loss is corrected. It therefore contributes to the good restraint of the intra-abdominal viscera.
Also, tightening of the abdominal muscles has great benefits in maintaining a correct body position.
Finally, by tightening the abdominal muscles, we have a reduction in the perimeter of the waist.
How painful is the abdominal surgery?
Tightening abdominal muscles causes discomfort during the first post-operative period, especially during movements. These inconveniences are gradually decreasing in the coming weeks.
How long after pregnancy can abdominoplasty occur?
Although there is a tendency to make corrections to the abdominal skin at the same time as parturition, this is not the norm. We cannot have the maximum benefits of abdominal surgery at this stage.
Ideally, about 6 months have elapsed since childbirth so that the body has time to recover from the stress of pregnancy.
When is liposuction chosen as a way to treat fat accumulation in the abdomen and when is it indicated abdominoplasty?
With liposuction, we can deal with localized fat accumulation in the anterior and lateral abdominal areas when there is not much skin loosening. In cases where the elasticity of the abdominal skin is not good, abdominal surgery has better results.
Can abdominoplasty be combined with liposuction or other plastic surgery in the body?
Performing a double surgery is feasible, provided this is safe based on the patient’s general health condition.
How safe is abdominal surgery?
Abdominoplasty is a very safe procedure. In some cases after surgery there is a collection of serous fluid, which is treated in the context of postoperative follow-up. Other events, such as inflammation, hematoma and healing disorders, are rare. Hypertrophic scars if present require additional therapeutic measures to improve them.