Tummy Tuck operations include more or less operations depending on the amount of skin and fat. It is very important that you gain the necessary knowledge in this field, evaluate your situation and circumstances completely and take the time to make the final decision. Be sure to consult a plastic surgeon in this regard. This procedure should not be used as a substitute for weight loss.
The goal of abdominoplasty is to have a flatter abdomen. In this operation, the plastic surgeon surgically removes the firm fat and loose and excess skin that is not removed by exercise and diet.
However, patients should be aware that abdominoplasty surgery is not a way to lose weight. This treatment is suitable for patients who have excess skin due to weight loss or pregnancy; Therefore, patients should reach a steady weight before resorting to Tummy Tuck.
Remove loose skin after losing too much weight (for example, after losing weight due to various slimming procedures).
Remove excess skin or fat after pregnancy.
Tighten weak stomach muscles.
Repair detached abdominal muscles.
The plastic surgeon may also perform liposuction with the abdominoplasty. This is because liposuction can help shape the body more accurately and achieve a more shapely body. Simultaneous cosmetic abdominal surgery and liposuction are called lipoabdominoplasty.
Some patients ask their surgeon to perform breast abdominoplasty with this procedure. Breast abdominoplasty is performed for breast lift.
But these are not the main goals of abdominoplasty surgery.
It is important to know that abdominoplasty surgery is not a weight loss procedure; So if you are looking to lose a lot of weight, this method is not for you. The ideal candidates for abdominoplasty are patients who are overweight and seeking to remove excess fat and excess skin that is not eliminated by exercise and diet alone.
They are not satisfied with the appearance of their abdomen.
They want to get rid of excess skin or fat on their abdomen.
They have sagging or weak abdominal muscles that need to be tightened.
They are not pregnant now or do not plan to become pregnant in the future.
Abdominoplasty surgery usually takes between 2 and 4 hours. Before performing this operation, patients should follow the surgeon's recommendations for eating, drinking, and taking medication the night before surgery. In the pre-surgery online consultation sessions, the plastic surgeon will talk to you in detail about the benefits and side effects of this operation. The first step before all this is to choose the best plastic surgeon for abdominoplasty.
On the day of surgery or earlier, patients are given a consent form to sign. After consent, the plastic surgeon draws lines on the abdomen and talks to the patient about the goals of abdominoplasty surgery.
An anesthesiologist will anesthetize you before your surgeon begins abdominoplasty surgery. This anesthesia is usually general anesthesia, but local anesthesia may also be performed with intravenous sedation.
There are several methods of abdominoplasty that a surgeon may use depending on your condition. The plastic surgeon decides which technique is best for each patient. The incisions made depend on the shape of the patient's abdomen.
The incisions are sutured after the surgeon removes excess skin and fat and tightens the muscles. He uses some tape and stitches to do this. It may also install a number of drain tubes to help reduce swelling and bruising.
Eventually, patients are returned to the ward for recovery from anesthesia. Patients can return home after spending 1 to 3 nights in the hospital. It may take 6 to 8 weeks for the swelling and bruising to go away and the patient to see the full results of their tummy tuck surgery. Some surgeons recommend postoperative manual lymphatic massage, which can help reduce the swelling after abdominoplasty (which most patients experience).
As we said in the previous section, the plastic surgeon uses different techniques to perform Tommy Tuck, depending on your needs. Types of Tommy Tuck operations include:
A full abdominal cosmetic surgery involves making two different incisions:
The first incision is made around the navel.
The latter occurs along the bikini line, from one side of the pelvis to the other.
This technique is the same as the classic abdominoplasty technique, which targets both the upper and lower abdomen. The surgeon sometimes tightens the abdominal muscles and removes excess skin and fat. This method is suitable for patients who have recently lost a lot of weight or women who have excess fat, stiffness and weak muscles after pregnancy.
Although complete abdominoplasty surgery causes more wounds, it does improve the shape of the body more than mini abdominoplasty or endoscopy.
Mini-abdominoplasty mainly targets the lower abdomen. The surgeon makes an incision line in the bikini line (smaller than the incision made in the full Tummy Tuck). There are no ulcers in the umbilical region, because there is no change in mini-abdominoplasty in this area.
Plastic surgeons use this technique when only a small amount of excess skin and fat needs to be removed. Depending on the need, the surgeon may or may not tighten the muscles. Although not ideal, it is a better option for patients who plan to become pregnant in the future. Because pregnancy stretches the abdominal muscles, patients may need corrective surgery if they give birth after abdominoplasty.
Mini-abdominoplasty causes fewer sores on the skin than full abdominoplasty.
To perform endoscopic abdominoplasty surgery, the surgeon makes several small incisions in the following areas:
Around the line of the genital area
Around the bottom of the navel
The surgeon then uses a small camera called an "endoscope" to perform the operation, along with small surgical instruments attached to it.
This method has the least invasiveness and is more suitable for patients who have a protruding abdomen and a small amount of extra skin. This is the best option in patients whose main goal is to tighten the muscles.
This technique creates the least possible wound and can be easily hidden.
Three incisions are made in the flora de lys abdominoplasty, which include the following areas:
Around the navel
Across the bikini line, from one side of the pelvis to the other
Vertical in the middle of the stomach
This technique is the most invasive type of abdominoplasty and is not widely used. This treatment is suitable for patients who have lost a lot of weight and as a result have a lot of extra skin. This procedure can be performed in continuation of weight loss surgery such as gastric bypass.
This type of Tummy Tuck causes a lot of sores, but it has the most effect. This method helps to prevent sagging skin above and below the navel.