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Tummy tuck Aesthetics

Tummy Tuck (ABDOMİNOPLASTİ)

Tummy tuck & abdominoplasty surgery is a procedure that is usually applied for sagging and cracks in the abdominal skin that cannot be removed by any other method. It is not possible to remove wrinkles, cracks and sagging in the area that expands after birth and then narrows without a tummy tuck operation. It is possible to resolve complaints such as sagging, cracks and wrinkles after tummy tuck. Abdominoplasty is not a debilitating surgery, on the contrary, it is performed for sagging, cracks and wrinkles in the bodies of people who have lost a large amount of weight outside of birth.

What is Tummy Tuck?

The name of the aesthetic surgical intervention applied to remove the sagging that occurs in the abdominal region and has a negative effect on the psychology of the person in terms of aesthetics is “tummy tuck” among the people and “Abdominoplasty” operation in medical terminology. The type of surgery, which succeeds in correcting the physical silhouette of the body after the operation, carries certain risks, as in all other surgical interventions. These risks, which will be explained to you in detail by your surgeon, are also closely related to your standard lifestyle habits. Smoking and alcohol use, insufficient exercise or the lack of exercise in your life are effective on the success of the operation. The protruding navel protrusion, which adversely affects the posture of all kinds of clothes such as trousers, skirts and dresses, disappears to a large extent after this surgery. The operation, which clarifies the waistline and promises a flatter abdomen than before the operation, is performed through an incision made just above the pubic region and below the navel. This incision, which is longer than the cesarean line, is sufficient to perform the mini abdominoplasty operation. When the upper abdomen is also stretched, the location of the belly button is changed.

What Is Aimed With Abdominoplasty?

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) operation aims for a flat stomach and a younger body silhouette. Apart from excessive fat and sagging in the belly and abdomen, if there is also fat in the waist and hip area, a tummy tuck operation can be performed with liposuction. Loosening of the skin tissue due to aging can also be removed with this surgery. Some weight loss is also observed by stretching the abdominal muscles and skin. After abdominoplasty surgery, 1-2 size reduction is expected in body measurements. A bikini body is also easier to achieve, thanks to a flat stomach and a belly that is no longer saggy. It is possible to make the silhouette obtained by the operation smoother with the help of the exercise that you will start after the recovery period after the surgery. With the tummy tuck operation, the physical appearance improves and the self-confidence of the person is refreshed. High self-confidence and a positive mood are aimed thanks to the aesthetic intervention, which also provides important contributions to the person psychologically.

Pregnancy after tummy tuck surgery

After the operation, many patients are worried that pregnancy-related problems may occur. You can get pregnant 1 year after this operation.

It should not be forgotten that loosening will occur in the abdominal region, although not as much as before after pregnancy.

Post pregnancy tummy tuck surgery

With this procedure, the annoying breast appearance is also eliminated. More aesthetic chest lines appear and the lower chest muscles become prominent. Men who have lost self-confidence due to gynecomastia feel much better after this operation. This situation has positive reflections on their business and social lives.

Tummy Tuck After Tube Stomach Surgery

After sleeve gastrectomy (gastric-bypass), patients experience rapid weight loss. In this process, your weight loss must stop completely in order for you to have surgery.

This period is usually 1 year. Some patients continue to lose weight even after 1 year; In this case, it should be expected to reach the ideal weight without performing abdominoplasty.

How to Perform Abdominoplasty

An incision is made on the lower abdominal wall so that the scars are hidden inside the bikini. Patients with cesarean section surgery are made through this scar cesarean section.

In mini abdominoplasty, the scar is as long as the cesarean scar or 1-2 cm longer, while in the full abdominoplasty, the cesarean scar is lengthened. Sagging and cracked skin and excess fat are removed, and liposuction is performed in the same session to thin the waist area.

Then the patient’s skin tissue is removed and the weaknesses in the muscle tissue are repaired. The next stage consists of stretching the skin tissue and suturing it and removing the excess skin.

In full tummy tuck, the enlarged and enlarged belly button is shaped by making it smaller. In mini tummy tuck, the belly button is not operated.

Then, the loosened and slipped muscle tissue is tightened and the abdominal skin is closed with aesthetic sutures. Finally, drains are placed to reduce edema formation.

The procedure is completed by wearing a corset to support the stitches and support the newly formed abdominal shape.

Mini Tummy Tuck (mini abdominoplasty) Aesthetics

If the abdominal skin cracks are small and the abdominal muscles are not very deformed, if the excess skin is only below the navel level, mini abdominoplasty is appropriate.

The surgical incision in the mini tummy tuck is shorter than in the full tummy tuck. As much as the cesarean section scar is formed.

No incision is made around the belly button. The shape of the belly button is not changed. Only the excess skin is removed and the waist area is thinned by liposuction to the waist area.

This operation takes an average of 90 minutes.

Scarless tummy tuck surgery (Endoscopic Abdominoplasty)

It is suitable for patients with mild sagging in the abdomen. There is no skin crack in the abdomen, no skin sagging, but; It is a technique that can only be applied to patients with muscle separation after birth.

The surgery is entered through the belly button and the separated abdominal muscles are repaired. The abdomen and waist area are thinned by vaser liposuction.

This procedure is not suitable for patients with a lot of excess skin.

What to Do Before Abdominoplasty

During the interview, your current complaints and post-operative expectations are evaluated first.

With the pre-operative examination, the excess skin-fat tissue in your abdomen is evaluated and your belly button and waist area are examined in detail.

If you have diabetes or thyroid disease and you are considering this surgery, your blood sugar and T3, T4 and TSH levels must be regulated.

If you smoke and use vitamin E, it should be discontinued before surgery.

Abdominoplasty recovery process

After the operation, you need to stay in the hospital for 1-2 days. During this period, you have drains to prevent seroma (intra-abdominal fluid accumulation). These drains will be removed when you are discharged and you will be sent home.

It is possible that there will be edema and swelling in your abdomen in the first few days, it is important to use the corset regularly to reduce them.

It is difficult to stand upright after the tummy tuck operation and it is important to walk without an upright position for the first 1 week. Walking prevents the formation of clotting problems.

You can take a shower 4 days after the operation. Movements such as coughing and sneezing increase your intra-abdominal pressure and cause increased pain. It is recommended to avoid these actions in the first week.

Walking will help you recover in the first 3-4 weeks. This will increase the existing blood circulation, accelerate healing and quickly reduce your edema.

It takes a few weeks for you to return to physical activities as before after tummy tuck surgery, so if you have a desk job, you should take a few weeks off for heavy activity after 10 days.

You should use a regular corset for the first month. You can start light sports from the 6th week and heavy sports from the 3rd month.

The scars that develop after the operation have a reddened appearance during the first 3 days. These scars will fade over time and become less obvious.

Post-operative scars will remain under underwear and bikini and will not bother you.

What are the Risks of Abdominoplasty?

Every year, thousands of tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgeries are performed in our country. Successful results are obtained by performing this surgery by an experienced plastic surgeon.

Even if many patients do not encounter the following complications, it is useful to know about them. There are risks such as bleeding, infection, fluid accumulation, clotting, and the development of bad scars.

In case of infection, it can be treated with prolonged use of antibiotics or by draining if an abscess has occurred.

It can be prevented by the use of compression stockings and early movement during the surgery to prevent the clotting problem.

Poor wound healing is more likely to occur if you smoke and have diabetes. In these conditions, a second surgery may be required, and scar treatment can be continued for a longer period of time.

Is Abdominoplasty Painful?

Pain and tenderness vary from person to person, but it can be said that the operation is somewhat painful.

In this process, the patient will be relieved to walk in an oblique position for 5-7 days in order to reduce the tension on the stitches.

Will there be any scars after tummy tuck surgery?

Wound healing is a personal matter; Depending on this, your wound healing may vary, the wound areas appear pink-red in the first months, and gradually begin to fade after the 6th month.

In the first year, the scars will become a thin, indistinct scar on your skin color. These scars are in the region of the cesarean section scars and extend towards the waist on both sides. It should not be forgotten that the scars will remain inside your bikini area.

Can Tummy Tuck and Liposuction be done together?

In the abdominoplasty procedure, the excess skin and fat on the anterior surface of the abdomen are removed. We recommend doing it in combination with liposuction to give a hollow and shape to the dividing area.

Do Postpartum Stretch Marks Go away with a tummy tuck?

All cracks under the belly button can be removed with this operation.

Is Abdominal Hernia Removed by Abdominoplasty?

While the abdominal muscles are repaired during the surgery, hernias in the abdominal region and hernias in the umbilicus can be corrected.

Is the surgery performed in the summer?

The operation can be done in the summer. The surgical scar, which should be considered in the summer, should not come into direct contact with the sun. For this reason, we recommend the use of sunscreen with a factor of 50.

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