WHAT IS TUMMY TUCK (ABDOMINOPLASTY)?
Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is an operation in which loosening, sagging and cracks in the abdomen, as well as deformities in the belly button, are eliminated. While they are often seen in women after childbirth, the most common cause in men is abdominal looseness, which occurs as a result of rapid weight gain and loss. Tummy tuck surgery is often combined with in order to get a better form. All cracks under navel are removed with tummy tuck surgery.
WHO CAN UNDERGO THIS PROCEDURE?
· Patients with sagging, looseness and cracks in the abdomen after childbirth or due to rapid weight loss are candidates for this operation.
BEFORE TUMMY TUCK (ABDOMINOPLASTY)
As with all operations, smokers should stop smoking at least 2 weeks in advance before abdominoplasty surgery. The patient should inform his/her doctor about the medications he/she uses. In particular, blood thinners may need to be discontinued or revised before surgery.
TYPES OF TUMMY TUCK (ABDOMINOPLASTY) SURGERY
There are two tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) operations;
An incision is made in a way that it remains below the level of underwear and bikini. This incision extends from the pelvis on one side to the pelvis on the other. Abdominal skin is lifted through the abdominal wall to the ribs. The rectus muscles in the abdominal wall are tightened. This process also contributes to the formation of lumbar cavity. Then excess skin and subcutaneous fatty tissue are removed and abdominal skin is stretched. A new location is created for the navel. Temporary silicone tubes (drains) are placed and the abdomen is closed.
Only patients with excess and sagging under the belly button are more suitable for a mini tummy tuck (mini abdominoplasty). An incision is made approximately in length that is performed in a cesarean section surgery. The abdominal wall muscles under the navel are tightened. Abdominal skin is stretched by removing excess skin and subcutaneous fatty tissue. Additional operations are not applied to the navel, as only the part under the navel is intervened.
Liposuction can be added to both operations for better shaping.
Patients are usually discharged after 1 or 2 nights of hospitalization. It is recommended to use the corset worn immediately after surgery for about 3-4 weeks. For the first few days, the patient should lean forward and walk so that the abdomen does not stretch. Approximately around day 7, the patient begins to walk in an upright position. After that, patients can return to their social life within a few days. It is not needed to remove stitches, as dissolving stitches are usually used. It is recommended to avoid abdominal coercive movements for 6 weeks. At the end of 2 months, the stiffness around the abdomen begins to decrease. The final shape of the abdomen is obtained about 6 Months - 1 year later.