ABDOMINOPLASTY (TUMMY TUCK)
Abdominoplasty, also called Tummy Tuck, is a kind of plastic surgery operation. It is one of the most effective methods among the types of surgery applied in the fields of abdominal and belly aesthetics.
Especially after pregnancy, the muscles and skin in the abdominal area cannot fully return to their old form. As a result, deformations occur in the abdominal area and the sagging belly causes an aesthetically unpleasant appearance.
What is Abdominoplasty Surgery?
The level of deformation is much higher in pregnancies that result in weight gain above what it should be and in women who have given birth more than twice. After pregnancy, an undesirable appearance occurs with the loosening of the connective tissue in the abdominal wall, the abdominal wall protruding forward, the appearance of abdominal distension, abundance and stretch marks.
Eliminating this appearance and restoring the abdominal area to its former appearance is often not possible with self-administered methods such as sports and diet. In tummy tuck surgery, which solves this problem with a single operation, the loosened and sagging abdominal skin is recovered and the excess fat concentrated in this area is removed, allowing the person to have a flat abdomen in a short time. As with any operation, there are some complication risks that may occur after tummy tuck. Bleeding and infection are the most important ones. For this reason, medications prescribed by the physician should be used after surgery, sudden movements should be avoided and dressings should be renewed regularly.
How is Abdominoplasty Surgery?
The technique applied in tummy tuck surgery, the area where the skin will be removed and other issues are decided by the physician in the light of the detailed examination and radiological images examined. The sagging and cracked skin in the area up to the belly button area on a line to be drawn from the area generally referred to as the level of the cesarean scar to the sides is removed and the skin above the belly button is stretched downwards.
The belly button is also reconstructed in order to bring it into the appropriate position. In addition to sagging and laxity, if excessive fat is also a problem, the excess fat in the abdominal area is removed with a method called liposuction. Thanks to the retractor sutures placed on the abdominal wall membranes, the loosened abdominal muscles are tightened and restored to their former firmness.
The incisions at the end of the surgery are sutured with aesthetic sutures to prevent the formation of unsightly scars. After the surgery, abdominal sagging, laxity and stretch mark-looking skin problems, especially due to pregnancy or excessive weight gain and loss, are eliminated. However, some of these problems may recur in case of a new pregnancy and delivery after the surgery.
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How Long Does Abdominoplasty Take?
The duration of tummy tuck surgery varies from person to person. Total tummy tuck surgery, called total abdominoplasty, takes approximately 3-3.5 hours, but the operation time can be up to 4 hours in patients with a large abdominal area.
In mini tummy tuck surgeries, which are applied in patients with laxity, sagging and similar problems and do not cover as large an area as total abdominoplasty, the operation time is shorter and the operation is completed in as little as 1-1.5 hours.
The amount of excess skin in the abdominal area, whether or not fat removal will be performed, the area of the abdomen, the suturing technique to be applied and the condition of the abdominal muscles are some of the factors that affect the duration of the operation. The operation is performed under general anesthesia and must be performed in a hospital environment with appropriate conditions and equipment.