What is a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)?
Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is an esthetic tummy tuck operation that involves the removal of fat tissue and excess skin in the middle and lower abdomen. In tummy tuck surgery, an esthetic abdominal appearance is created for the patient by providing the tightness and tension of the abdominal wall muscles. Abdominal sagging surgery usually occurs with the internal pressure in the abdomen in the 3rd month of pregnancy. In women who gain excess weight or whose abdominal structure is not strong enough, the abdominal wall expands. At the same time, the membrane that holds the rectus muscles together tears and the muscles move away from each other so that tissue weakness occurs between them.
This condition is called ‘Rectus Diastasis’. Between the rectus muscles that diverge from each other, the stomach moves forward and expands. The stomach with increased volume delays the formation of a feeling of satiety, the stomach becomes more prominent after eating more food. In this case, excess weight increases rapidly. The most visible of the negative side effects of excessive weight loss is the loosening of the skin in the abdominal area, its looseness and therefore sagging. Most of the time, abdominal sagging creates serious problems for mothers who have just given birth.
What are the effects of abdominoplasty esthetic?
Tummy lift esthetic (abdominoplasty) targets four situations;
For whom is abdominoplasty aesthetics suitable?
Even in people with normal sizes and average weight, sometimes excess, looseness and sagging may occur in the abdomen. The most important reasons for this situation are; genetic characteristics, multiple pregnancies, previous surgical procedures and weight changes. Tummy tuck, which involves removing the skin and subcutaneous fat tissue and tightening the muscles, corrects the sagging of the abdominal region esthetically. Tummy tuck allows the removal of excess fat and excess skin. In some cases, it may be necessary to repair the loosened and detached muscles. This process provides a flatter, stretched abdomen appearance.
Pregnancy after abdominoplasty surgery
Being pregnant after tummy tuck surgery does not affect the operation. However, those who think of a child immediately after surgery should postpone the operation process a little. If you smoke, you should know that reducing or even quitting smoking is the best decision to get the best results after the operation. Since smoking reduces blood flow by narrowing the vessels, a slow recovery will occur. Pre-operative physical examination will determine your suitability for surgery. It should not be forgotten that abdominoplasty is not a direct weight loss operation, it is a plastic surgery performed to correct body contours.
Diastasis recti or abdominal detachment
Diastasis Rekti is the event of the muscles in the abdomen. This condition is common among women who have just given birth. By the end of the pregnancy period, it is seen that women have 10 to 35 cm of flexibility in their abdomen. This growth in the abdominal area causes the abdominal muscles to split or rupture. Surgical intervention is required for this deformation seen in the abdominal muscles. Diastasis Recti problem causes urinary incontinence, sagging and abdominal bloating in women. With full tummy tuck aesthetics, this deformation in the abdominal area is treated and the abdominal muscles are stitched to restore mothers to their former health.
How is tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) aesthetics performed?
Abdominal stretching (abdominoplasty) surgery is an operation that must be in the hospital and is performed under general anesthesia. If the surgery is small, sedation can be applied. In order to decide on the surgery suitable for you, you can choose the procedure to be performed according to the examination result of our specialist doctors. For abdominoplasty aesthetics, an incision line is made that can be hidden under the individual’s underwear and is 8-10 cm below the navel. Tummy tuck surgery takes 4-6 hours depending on the size of the sagging area. The sagging skin is cut and removed from the body. Excess regional oils are drawn out. A second incision is made to transfer the belly button around the navel. The abdominal skin is stretched from top to bottom and the surgery is completed by sewing. A special corset suitable for the patient is put on immediately after the operation.
What is the healing process after abdominoplasty?
When you wake up after the operation, you should remember that there will be a printed bandage around your abdomen. This dressing is to reduce swelling, edema and bleeding that may occur after surgery. With all these, there will be drain tubes placed under the skin. These tubes will be taken within 24-48 hours. It is recommended that you lie down with 1-2 pillows behind your knees after the operation. These pillows will keep your legs bent and thus reduce the tension in the abdominal area. In the first few days, you will walk in an inclined position due to the tension in the abdominal area, and in the following days, you will gradually walk in an upright position. Postoperative blood collection under the skin (hematoma), infection, scar tissue problems are very rare but possible complications.
Antibiotics, appropriate dressing for the wound area and necessary supportive drugs are applied against these. After the operation, our patient should stay under observation at the hospital for 2 nights. By wearing a special corset, it accelerates the healing process and enables the patient to have social and business life as soon as possible. The patient can return to social activities slowly after a week. There is no harm in starting an active life after the 20th day. He can do sports within 2 months. In abdominoplasty, a scar is left in the underwear called the bikini line.
Since the muscles forming the abdominal wall but with reduced elasticity will be stretched again and excess skin will be removed, drains that will remain for 24-48 hours will be placed in order to avoid any adverse effects. These drains will prevent the minimal bleeding and leaks that may be inside from remaining under the skin by draining.
Full tummy tuck and injection
Regional oils drawn from the body can be used to shape the body and face. Excess fat extracted from the abdominal area can be evaluated in breast augmentation, cheek aesthetics or butt augmentation. Combined plastic surgeries will help the patient experience more effective changes and recover faster.
Mini tummy tuck surgery
It is made with a smaller incision on the groin area compared to the full tummy tuck procedure. Stretching is performed between the upper groin and the navel without touching the belly button. After tightening the abdomen and stitching, the belly button seems to be pulled down a little. Mini tummy tuck surgery takes between 3-5 hours. As a result of the surgery, there will be only a short scar on the pubic area. Since the stretching process will be limited, there will be no scar around the belly. Liposuction can be used with this method.
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