Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty; It is an aesthetic operation in which excess fat and skin in the abdomen are removed, and a flatter and tighter abdominal profile is created by combining and tightening the separated or loosened abdominal muscles.
Most of us try to achieve a flat and firm stomach with exercise and weight control. Most of the time, we cannot reach our goals with these methods. A loose and sagging abdomen can be seen even in individuals with normal body weight and no excess fat. The most common causes of fat and sagging in the abdomen are as follows.
- Previous surgeries (such as obesity surgery)
- Fluctuations in weight gain
What Cannot Do Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Surgery?
Although some weight loss has been achieved with tummy tuck surgery, this surgery is a surgery to shape and shape your body. It does not replace a diet or an exercise program to lose weight.
The results of tummy tuck surgery are permanent. However, the positive results obtained with tummy tuck surgery may decrease over time with an irregular diet and a sedentary lifestyle. For this reason, women who plan to lose more weight or who are considering pregnancy in the future may consider postponing tummy tuck surgery.
With tummy tuck surgery, you will get rid of pregnancy-related cracks, especially under the belly button. However, if there are cracks above the navel, they go below the navel. But the cracks will continue.
Are there any procedures in addition to tummy tuck in the aesthetic treatment of the abdominal region?
In order to increase the aesthetic appearance of the abdomen, liposuction is often used in addition to tummy tuck. During tummy tuck surgery, liposuction is often required on the waist and back areas. In most patients, in addition to tummy tuck, liposuction should be performed on the abdomen above the belly button.
Who is a Good Candidate for Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Surgery?
Abdominoplasty is a highly personalized procedure. You should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else's desires or try to fit any ideal image.
Best candidates for apronectomy,
People with sagging and excess skin in the abdomen
People who are physically healthy and have a stable weight that cannot fluctuate in weight
People who have realistic expectations and don't try to be like others
It can be summarized as individuals who are uncomfortable with the appearance of their abdomen.
What Are The Steps Of A Tummy Tuck (Abominoplasti) Surgery?
A tummy tuck surgery includes the following steps:
Step 1 - Anesthesia
Anesthetic drugs are administered for you to have a safe surgery. The best choices for this surgery are usually intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.
Step 2 - incision
In tummy tuck surgery, an incision should be made around the hairline and belly button of your private area. In patients whose abdomen is not very saggy, surgery can be performed without making an incision around the belly button and with an incision 3-4 cm longer than a cesarean section. All incisions under the abdomen are adjusted to remain under your underwear or bikini.
The shape and length of the incision is determined by the amount of excess skin. When the abdominal skin is lifted, the weakened underlying abdominal muscles are repaired.
Sometimes a second vertical incision below the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen.
The upper abdominal skin is completely stretched down. Excess skin is cut and the remaining skin is stitched to the skin of your private area. The belly button is rebuilt.
Step 3 - Closing the incisions
After the surgery, 2 drains are usually placed in order to prevent blood from accumulating under the skin of the abdomen. These drains will usually be removed within 1 to 3 days after surgery. The skin incisions are closed with stitches, skin adhesives, tapes or clips. Generally, people who have this surgery are treated with a more aesthetically pleasing suture technique that does not require stitches to be removed.
Step 4 – Result view
With tummy tuck surgery, you will have a flatter, tighter abdominal contour that is more proportional to your body type and weight.
What Expects Me In The Recovery Period?
Elastic bandages or compression garments (corsets) are used immediately after the surgery to minimize swelling to the surgical site and to support the post-operative healing of your abdomen.
Small, fine drains will be placed under the skin temporarily. These are usually removed 1 to 3 days after surgery.
After the surgery, you will be given the following applications.
The dressing of the surgical area and the maintenance of the drains will be done.
There will be medications to be taken orally or administered intravenously to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection.
There will be things to do to protect the surgical area and prevent your general health from deteriorating. Your doctor will have a series of recommendations on many issues such as the way you lie in bed, the exercises you need to do, the time you eat, the time you stand up, and the way you walk at first.
Your plastic surgeon will inform you when you will come for the postoperative controls.
Ask your thoracic surgeon for a specific question about what you can expect during your individual recovery period.
- When can I be discharged?
- What medications will I take after the surgery?
- At what intervals will my dressings be after the surgery?
- When will the stitches be removed?
- When and how do I wash?
- How long will I wear my corset?
- When can I resume normal activity and exercise?
- Will I have checkups after the long term? When it will be?
There is edema in the abdomen
In the first periods after tummy tuck surgery. This will regress over time. For the first 3 to 7 days after the surgery, a controlled walking style that protects the stretched skin on your abdomen is recommended. In a week or two, you'll have a new slim profile and no need for controlled walking. With tummy tuck, you will have a flatter and firmer abdominal contour that is more proportional to your body type and weight.
What is the Cost of Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Surgery?
The cost of tummy tuck surgery can vary widely. The following items determine the cost of the surgery,
- Anesthesia fees
- Hospital or surgical facility cost
- medical tests
- Post-operative clothing (corsets)
- The prescriptions given
- Surgeon's fee (the doctor's fee based on the geographic location of his office and the surgeon's experience) (eril)
Health insurance does not cover tummy tuck surgery.
What are the Risks of Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Surgery?
Although it is very rare, the risks after tummy tuck surgery are as follows.
- Anesthesia risk
- Fluid accumulation under the abdomen (seroma)
- Wound healing disorders
- Skin loss
- Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
- Skin discoloration and/or prolonged edema
- Negative scar
- Recurrent laxity of the skin
- Loss of fat tissue deep in the skin (fat necrosis)
- Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
- Unsatisfactory aesthetic result
- Possibility of revision surgery
These risks will be discussed with you before you consent to the surgery. It is important to discuss all your questions directly with your plastic surgeon.