Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty)
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Abdominoplasty ; is the surgery of removing the fat and excess skin in the tummy area, and tighten the looseness in anterior abdominal wall.
The best candidates for abdominoplasty are the patients who has fat excess that could not be resolved with diet or exercise, and also patients with sagging and complaint of skin looseness in their abdomen. Especially after pregnancy; sagging and strias in the abdominal skin and relaxation of the abdominal wall muscles surrounding the intra-abdominal organs can occur.
While liposuction is performed for patients who has not any excessive skin, abdominoplasty is performed to patients who has excessive skin.
Who Are Good Candidates For Abdominoplasty?
• If the abdominal skin is quite loose and saggy
• If there is fat and skin excess in abdomen
• If the abdominal muscles loosened and separated
• If there are striae significantly in the abdomen, you can be a good candidate for abdominoplasty surgery.
What Does a Tummy Tuck Include?
Abdominoplasty (or tummy tuck surgery) is performed under general anesthesia in hospital conditions. We can classify the abdomen lifting surgery in two as mini abdominoplasty (mini tummy tuck) and full abdominoplasty. Mini abdominoplasty is performed in patients with slightly sagging skin, and the full abdominoplasty is performed in patients whose abdominal skin is evidently sagging and striated.
First of all,a liquid containing local anesthetic that prevents bleeding is injected in the operative region. After removing the excess fat especially in the waist area by the liposuction method, an incision is made between both groins, longer than the cesarean section, and the skin is completely separated over the muscles. Separated and weakened abdominal muscles and umbilical hernia, if exist, are repaired.
The anterior abdominal wall is tightened by placing sutures on the abdominal wall membranes (fascia) on the muscles and loosened muscle structures due to weight gain and loss. In other words, abdominoplasty is a surgery that lifts the intra-abdomen at the same time. The belly button is first separated from the upper skin, then it is fixed to a new navel hole opened from the stretched abdominal skin while being kept in the same place.
After removing the excess skin with fat and strias under the old belly button, the skin is stretched again and sutured in layers. Thus the looseness is removed. At the end of the operation, the patient is dressed in a special corset and it is recommended to use this corset for 1 month.
High-Definition Tummy Tuck With Abdominal Etching
Nowadays, patients desire to look more athletic and fit. High-definition tummy tuck is a very special approach to provide this desired look and to achieve a more aesthetic appearance. If we look at the anatomy of the abdominal region, we will see that the abdomen is actually not totally straight.There are number of curves, dips and bumps. These curves make the abdominal area look more aesthetically pleasing and natural. Therefore, it is possible to sculpt these dips and bumps using various techniques. In this way, patients appear more muscular, the belly button gains a more aesthetic appearance.
The liposuction technique called "abdominal etching" used in high-definition tummy tuck surgeries aims to provide a much more aesthetic appearance to the abdomen by creating a muscle structure by sculpting the superficial fats. The surgery is performed in a similar way to the classical tummy tuck and liposuction combination. The recovery period is exactly the same, a drain is used between 5-7 days in this surgery.
What Is The Drainless Tummy Tuck Surgery?
Drainless abdominoplasty performed without using a drain is not just a term, it requires a different surgical technique.
In the abdominoplasty performed without using drain, the upper tissues are sutured to the lower part of the abdomen from end to end and the potential dead space is closed completely. In this way, there is no space under the skin and swelling occurs muchless. Since the drain is not used, the post-operative comfort is significantly increased.
The patient can move, walk and eliminates his/her own needs completely comfortably. Seroma (fluid accumulation) that is potential to ocur after wards is far less in the drainless tummy tuck surgery.
Recovery Period After Tummy Tuck
The patient lie on the bed in an upright position with feet up and starts to walk after 7-8 hours after tummy tuck surgery. The sutures heal in about 12 days, it does not need to be removed,and the patient can return his /her daily activities within this period. The patient needs to rest in the first days, than gradually returns to their normal activities from the 7 th day.
Especially in the drainless tummy tuck technique, it is possible to walk outside on their own after 2-3 days.
But as a rule 12-14 days is needed to return job after the surgery. Swelling and bruises seen in the first weeks are normal and start to reduce from the 15th post operative day. However, you need to wait 1-1,5 months for the swelling to disappear and for you to see the obvious result of the surgery.
The remaining swellings disappear in about 6 months over time and the patient takes its final form.
In many cases, the results are permanent if a balanced diet and regular exercise program are followed. Tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) can also be performed together with the body contour correcting oriented surgeries (breastlift surgeries, liposuction, arm thigh lift etc.).
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Prices
Abdominoplasty surgery 2023 prices; It varies according to the degree of sagging skin in the abdominal region, the amount of excess fat, whether liposuction will be performed together, the age and medical condition of the patient.
Also some other factors that affects the abdominoplasty prices are, hospital choice, the type of surgery either mini or full abdominoplasty. The price of abdominoplasty of an over-weight and excessive sagging patient is not same with a thin patient. To learn the tummy tuck prices correctly, you should get examined by your doctor. Also for international patients; they can send their tummy photos via email or whatsapp.