Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Abdominoplasty, also known as tummy tuck surgery, is an important surgery preferred to improve the appearance of the abdomen by removing excess skin tissue in the area. The purpose of tummy tuck surgery is to remove excess skin tissue or fat from the abdomen, making it firmer and the abdominal muscles more visible. This procedure is quite common for women who have had sudden weight gain or childbirth. The abdominal wall in the muscles tends to separate after pregnancy or during sudden weight gain. Tummy tuck surgery helps restore the abdominal walls and tighten them.
How Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Surgery Works?
Tummy tuck surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia. Tummy tuck surgery can be performed in different types:
Full Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Classic (full) tummy tuck surgery is the most common procedure for patients with significant problems such as skin laxity, excessive lipoidosis and muscle separation. In this operation performed under general anesthesia, patients may need to stay in hospital for several days. During surgery, an incision is made from the hip and around the belly. Excess skin and fat are removed from the belly button. The muscles above and below the belly are stretched. Then the skin is sutured circularly from the lower abdomen around the belly. Although there is a scar after surgery, it provides the best recovery. Patients who are thinking of getting pregnant should always talk to their doctor before having this procedure. All skin and fat under the belly can be removed in standard tummy tuck surgery.
Mini Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
For patients with only a small amount of excess skin, the mini tummy tuck procedure may be really suitable. Again, this procedure is performed under general anesthesia. During surgery, a piece of skin and fat is removed from the lower abdomen. Sometimes the muscles are stretched too. There will be no scar around the belly. Mini tummy tuck provides less effect than full tummy tuck surgery.
Liposuction can sometimes be performed at the same time with tummy tuck. However, patients with younger, better quality, elastic skin and a localized excess of fat may be offered liposuction procedure instead of tummy tuck surgery. General anesthesia is also widely used in this procedure. During the procedure, small incisions are made, excess fat is removed, and then the wounds are closed. To some extent, the skin can tighten. However, liposuction results can sometimes be unpredictable. Liposuction may have less effect than tummy tuck surgery.
What is the Recovery Period After the Surgery?
As the effect of anesthesia begins to decrease after tummy tuck surgery, conditions such as dizziness and nausea may occur. These problems will stop in a few hours.
Immediately after the procedure there may be pain or tenderness in the abdomen. These problems can be controlled with the analgesics given by the doctor.
Depending on the size of the operation, tubes can be used to remove the fluid from the incision area. In such cases, it may be necessary to empty the tubes several times a day and keep track of how much fluid comes out.
Classic sutures are generally removed in 1-2 weeks after the procedure. But absorbable sutures do not need to be removed.
The surgeon will give detailed instructions for managing drainages, changing bandages and shower routine during recovery.
Common side effects experienced by patients include bruising, redness and swelling. As the body begins to adapt to new contours and the incisions heal, these problems disappear, generally within 1 to 3 days.
After Tummy Tuck Surgery
You should avoid tiring activities for 2-3 weeks.
After 5-6 weeks, you can start light exercises with the advice of your doctor before returning to normal exercise.
You should avoid lifting weights for a long time.
You should not drive vehicles without feeling comfortable enough to wear a seatbelt.
Keep your wounds dry and clean as possible.
You should avoid gaining weight as much as possible.
You should consume foods with plenty of vitamins and fiber.
Will there be any scars after tummy tuck surgery?
Incisions for full tummy tuck surgery generally extend to the hip bone and the surgeon may prefer V-cutting or U-cutting so that scars can be hidden in the bikini area. The surgeon determines the length and shape of the incision according to the preferences, needs and amount of correction of the patients. There may also be an incision around the belly.
In mini tummy tuck surgery, the surgeon can lower the incision as low as possible; hide in the pubic bone area. The skin that is removed is under the belly button and no incisions are made around the belly. The length of incisions to be made in mini tummy tuck surgery will vary depending on how much skin the surgeon will remove.
Frequently Asked Questions
If weight is maintained in a healthy way, the results of tummy tuck surgery will last for many years.
No! In general, doctors do not recommend any surgery when pregnant or breastfeeding. However, surgery can be performed 6 months after birth or after the end of the breastfeeding period. Please contact us for more information.
Since the procedure involves stretching the skin and removing excess skin, stretch marks may be reduced in some patients.
Full recovery after tummy tuck surgery is generally in about 6 to 8 weeks.
Tummy tuck surgery is performed under general anesthesia. This means that no pain will be felt. However, there may be moderate pain or ache after surgery. Such conditions can be controlled with painkillers.
The risks of tummy tuck surgery are the same as any surgical procedure performed under general anesthesia.
There is no need to take long-term measures. But it is necessary to avoid hard exercises for the first 6 to 8 weeks after the procedure.
There are alternative therapies that can be preferred instead of tummy tuck surgery. Liposuction procedure is another form that can minimize fat and skin tissue. This procedure can be performed separately or combined with tummy tuck surgery.
There is no harm in getting pregnant 1 year after tummy tuck surgery.