Who Will Benefit From Abdominoplasty Surgery?
Men and women who have sagging abdominal skin that does not respond to diet and exercise, but whose body contours are smooth, are candidates for this surgery. This surgery is especially useful for women who have given birth several times, have cracked and sagging abdominal skin, and weakened abdominal muscles. Patients who intend to lose weight should postpone this surgery. It is also beneficial for women who intend to give birth to postpone this surgery until after delivery. An abdominoplasty surgery will increase your appearance and self-confidence, but it will not provide you with a completely ideal appearance or eliminate other issues that require treatment. Before deciding on surgery, you should think adequately about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon.
How is Preparation for Surgery Before Surgery?
During this period, your surgeon will have some demands from you. Especially if you smoke, you should moderate it 4 weeks before and up to 2 weeks after the surgery. During this period, you should not stay in the sun too long. If you are using it, moderate vitamin E and aspirin and avoid heavy diet regimens before surgery. A cold or other infection may cause the operation to be delayed.
What is Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Surgery?
* FULL Abdominoplasty (ABOMINOPLASTY)
* PARTIAL Abdominoplasty (MINI-ABOMINOPLASTY)
Abdominoplasty is a surgical attempt in which excess fat and sagging skin tissue in the middle and lower abdomen are removed and the abdominal muscles are tightened by stretching, it is not a treatment for obesity. Obese people should lose as much weight as they can before this surgery. With this surgery, the appearance of the fat belly and abdomen is dramatically improved; However, the scar due to surgery is permanent. There are many techniques used by plastic surgeons for abdominoplasty. Abdominoplasty can also be performed in conjunction with body contouring (aesthetic breast surgeries, liposuction, etc.) or other surgeries (uterus, ovarian surgeries, etc.). If you are considering an abdominoplasty surgery, this article will inform you, you may not find answers to all your questions here.
Where is the surgery done?
Full or partial abdominoplasty operations are performed under hospital conditions.
How Is Surgery Planning Made?
In your first examination, your surgeon will learn about your general health, the size and distribution of fat in the abdomen, the sagging and excess of the abdominal skin and the quality of the skin. During this examination; You should provide real and detailed information to the doctor about the diseases you have had, your current health problems (diabetes, etc.), your habits (smoking, alcohol, etc.) and the drugs you use. Another issue that you should tell your doctor during this examination is why you want this surgery and what you expect from this surgery. Do not hesitate to openly discuss this issue. As a result of your expectations and examination findings, you may be a suitable patient for full or partial abdominoplaty alone or with liposuction, or liposuction alone is sufficient for you. During this examination, the type of anesthesia, how many days you will stay in the hospital and possible problems you may encounter after the surgery should be discussed.
What is Anesthesia Type?
Many surgeons in our country prefer general anesthesia for this operation. Others use local anesthesia along with painkillers and sedatives.
What is the Operation Process?
Full abdominoplasty may take 2-5 hours, partial abdominoplasty 1-2 hours depending on the extent of the surgery. Often, an incision line that extends from one hip to the opposite hip, but can be hidden in a swimsuit, and a second round incision around the navel are required. In partial abdominoplasty, the incision margin is shorter and the navel location may not be changed. During the surgery, the skin of the abdomen is released from the muscles below it from the groin to the level of the ribs. If there is a weakness or hernia in the abdominal muscles, this place is supported, excess skin is cut and removed from the body. These processes performed in mini-abdominoplasty are more finite. After the operation, the wound is closed with either metal clamps or a single or abdominal (intradermic) suture, depending on preference, and covered with dressings. One or two tubes, called drains, can be placed under the skin to absorb excess fluid that will collect in the area.
What is done after the operation?
In the first few days, there may be swelling in the abdomen and pain that can be controlled with painkillers. Drains are removed after 1-3 days on average, and stitches after 1-3 weeks. On average, you need to stay in the hospital for 1-3 days. It may take a few months for you to feel the same as before. You can return to work after 2-4 weeks. The first 3-6 months of the scar may look like it’s gone, but this is normal, it may take 9 months to 1 year for the scars to flatten and fade. Although it does not completely disappear, the scar can be easily hidden even under this bikini. Partial or full abdominoplasty processes create perfect results for patients with abdominal muscle weakness or serial sagging. In many patients, a perfect result can be maintained for years with systematic training and diet.
What Are Alternative Treatments?
Vacuum-guided liposuction can be considered as an alternative for individuals with normal load if there is sufficient quality of tight skin and limited fat accumulation and the abdominal wall is intact. Diet and training programs may also be effective in reducing total body fat, but not in skin sagging. Unexpected but possible events after surgery, called risks and possible complications, also carry the risks of surgery in alternative treatments.
What Are the Risks of Abdominoplasty?
Hundreds of abdominoplasty surgeries are performed each year. If this surgery is performed by a plastic surgeon who is also specialized in body contour correction, the result is usually satisfactory. Every surgical procedure has a certain degree of risk and it is important that you understand what is involved in abdominoplasty. Comparison of the risks and benefits of surgery is essential for the person to accept the surgical process. Even if many men or women do not experience the following complications, discuss with your plastic surgeon the risks, possible complications, and consequences until you are sure you understand them. A good pre-operative examination and evaluation, performed by a plastic surgeon in accordance with hospital rules, have few complications such as infection and bleeding. The infection is treated with antibiotics and draining the abscess if it has formed, but it may prolong the hospital stay. Delay in wound healing or macular wound remodeling may occur and result in scarring. These bases may require a second surgery. Complications in skin loss and wound healing are more common in smokers.
What are Long Period Effects?
Depending on aging, pregnancy and weight gain and loss, body contour changes may develop outside the operation area.
What Are Unsatisfactory Results?
You may rarely be disappointed with the results of your surgical procedure. Additional surgical intervention may be required to correct such results. This information may not be fully sufficient for you. Talk to your surgeon and get information about all the details.