Abdominoplasty or abdominoplasty is an operation that aims to remove excess skin and fat from the abdominal wall and to remove sagging in the abdominal muscles. Even very sagging in the abdominal wall can be removed with this operation. In this operation, the skin of the abdomen is lifted over the muscle and stretched downwards and the excesses are removed and stitched back into place. It is tightened by folding the muscles on the abdominal wall with special stitches or by supporting them with a special abutment tissue (mesh). Excess fat on the abdominal wall (especially in the upper abdomen) can be removed at the beginning of the operation with the liposuction technique, so that the result is even more adequate.
To whom can it be done?
This operation can be applied to adult women and men. The fittest candidates are those with normal body weights, but with fat accumulation and excess skin on their abdomen (especially the lower abdomen). But there are also abdominal and waist stretching techniques that can be applied to every patient.
The patients’ diet before abdominoplasty will ensure that the result of the operation is more adequate.
Before this operation, smoking should be stopped or reduced a lot. This will be good in terms of both the comfort in general anesthesia and the beautification of the wound in the abdomen.
Pregnancy after surgery
If the patient is married and can become pregnant after the operation, the operation is performed with a different technique compared to this situation.
According to the technique applied in abdominoplasty, 15-20 cm in the lower part of the abdomen. There will be a scar (scar) that will remain in the bikini, ranging from (mini abdominoplasty) to 50-60 cm (full abdominoplasty). Before the operation, it is decided where the operation scars will remain by talking with the patient. A few weeks after the operation, patients can apply the recommended medication and massage to ensure that the operation scar remains more pleasant.
Abdominoplasty takes 3 to 5 hours compared to the technique. General anesthesia is chosen as anesthesia. Thanks to the long-acting local anesthetics applied to the area at the end of the operation, the patients spend the postoperative time without pain or with very minimal pain. After that, the necessary analgesia (pain relief) is provided with oral medications.
Today, risks have been greatly reduced thanks to the developing techniques (instruments, drugs, etc.) and experience in general anesthesia. Operations are performed with general anesthesia, where the comfort of more than one patient is most sufficient.
Postoperative blood collection under the skin (hematoma), infection, wound site problems are very few but possible complications. Against these, a drain (the tube to drain the accumulated blood) is placed in the operation area, antibiotics, appropriate dressings for the wound area and necessary supportive drugs (gels that correct the scar, massages) are applied.
After the operation, the patient stays in the hospital for 2 or 3 days. By wearing special corsets for the patient, it is ensured that he reaches the social and business life as soon as possible. The patient is normally 5-6 days after the operation. can return to light daily activities. He can start his active life in 15-18 days. Becomes able to perform sports activities in 6-8 weeks.