ABDOMINOPLASTY (TUMMY TUCK)
Why is abdominoplasty surgery needed?
In cases such as weight gain and pregnancy, the volume of the abdomen increases. It also enlarges the skin by adapting to the increase in body volume. After weight loss, the amount of subcutaneous fat tissue decreases. Depending on the skin elasticity, a reduction also occurs in excess skin; however, some individuals may have disturbing excess skin. In addition, as the muscles of the anterior abdominal wall move away from the midline, the firm and flat appearance of the abdomen disappears. The abdomen gets a curved appearance.
How is abdominoplasty surgery planned?
In abdominoplasty surgery, excess skin in the abdominal region and some fat tissue are removed, the anterior abdominal wall is tightened and the belly button is repositioned. The length of the surgical scar varies depending on the extent of excess skin in the abdominal region. The surgery is planned so that the scar remains in the underwear area. Since the belly button is also repositioned, a scar is formed around the belly button. This scar is prevented from being recognizable with the appropriate surgical technique. Stretch marks in the abdominal region due to weight loss or birth can be surgically treated. The detail here is that if stretch marks are in the skin area to be removed, they will be treated. However, the stretch marks above the belly button are usually not in excess skin area to be removed. These stretch marks are moved below the belly button after the surgery. In patients who have lost excess weight, abdominoplasty surgery may be required to be performed through a 360-degree incision.
How is abdominoplasty performed?
The surgery is performed under general anesthesia. The operative time is approximately 3 hours. Two day of hospitalization is recommended. Pain may arise after the surgery, but this is alleviated by painkillers. There may also be bruising and tenderness in the surgical site, which usually resolves within two weeks. Two weeks of corset use is recommended after the surgery. By means of corset, it is aimed to prevent the accumulation of fluid and development of edema on the anterior abdominal wall. After the operation, it is necessary to wait 6 months to achieve the desired ideal appearance. It is recommended to walk on a slight incline as there will be tension in the abdomen for the first week. Daily activities can be started ten days later. It is necessary to wait one month for light sports and three months for heavy sports. The patient can take a bath on the fourth day after the surgery.
Routine follow-ups are planned as the first week, second week, first month, third month and the first year.
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