Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Pregnancy, birth and weight loss may lead to the sagging of the abdomen. Furthermore, cracks and streaks may develop especially in the lower half of the abdomen due to these factors. Abdominal stretching, as the name suggests, is primarily done to remove this sagging tissue that extends from the navel to the groin along with the skin and the layer of fat underneath. Tissues above the navel are released and stretched to the groin and secured to the groin line by sutures. In addition, if the abdominal muscles are loosened and weakened due to birth, they are also tightened during the same procedure. As a result, both the excess tissues are removed and a flat and taut abdominal structure is obtained.
The incision marks of this surgery extend to both sides of the groin so as to remain within the bikini line. Mostly, over time, the marks become pale, and are invisible from the outside because they remain below the bikini line.
Abdominoplasty surgery is performed under general anesthesia, and generally lasts 4-5 hours. Drains are placed in the wound. To protect against the risk of fat embolism, compressive bandages are applied to the legs, and special serums may be administered if necessary. Since the close follow-up of patients is important in the postoperative period, hospital stay may be extended to 3-4 days. Due to the tension in the abdomen, the stooping position of the waist is preserved for the first 2 weeks. However, this position does not pose an obstacle to sitting, getting up, going to the toilet and walking. An abdominal corset is recommended to reduce edema and to accelerate healing. It is usually possible to start work within 2-3 weeks. Sports and heavy exercises should be avoided for 2 months.
In some cases sagging and accumulation of fat may be limited to the area just above the groin. In this case, it is possible to remove this area with an incision that has a length that is close to a caesarean section incision, and to provide a taut appearance. This procedure is referred to as mini-abdominoplasty.
The positive effects of abdominal stretching may last for life. Excess weight gain or loss, or pregnancy and giving birth may reduce these effects to a degree. Therefore, it is important to remember, when planning the surgery, that people who do not plan on giving birth and who do not have serious weight problems are more suitable candidates.