What is Tummy Tuck?

Abdominoplasty, also called abdominoplasty, 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 the pregnancy period, the muscles and skin in the abdominal region cannot return to their original form. As a result, deformations occur in the abdomen and the sagging belly part leads to an aesthetically unpleasant appearance. The level of deformation is much higher in pregnancies resulting in excessive weight gain 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 protrusion of the abdominal wall, the appearance of bloating, abundance and cracks in the abdomen. It is often not possible to completely destroy this image and regain the old appearance of the abdomen with methods that the person will apply himself, 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 stomach in a short time. As with any operation, there are some risks of complications that may occur after tummy tuck. Bleeding and infection are the most important of these. For this reason, medications given by the physician should be used after the surgery, sudden movements should be avoided and the dressings should be renewed regularly.

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How Does Abdominoplasty Work?

The technique applied in tummy tuck surgery, the area where the skin will be taken and other issues are decided in the light of the detailed examination and the examined radiological images by the physician. The saggy and cracked skin in the part up to the belly button area is removed over a line to be drawn sideways from the area called the cesarean section mark level in general, and the skin above the belly button is stretched downwards.

The belly button is also reconstructed in order to bring it into the proper position. In addition to sagging and looseness, if there is an excessive lubrication problem, excess fat in the abdomen is removed by a method called liposuction. Thanks to the sutures placed on the membranes of the abdominal wall, the loosened abdominal muscles are tightened and regained their former hardness. The incisions at the end of the surgery are sutured with aesthetic sutures to prevent the formation of unsightly scars. After the operation, abdominal sagging, looseness and cracked skin problems, especially caused by pregnancy or excessive weight gain, are eliminated. However, in the event of a re-pregnancy and delivery after the surgery, some of these problems may reoccur.

Abdominoplasty Recovery Time

After tummy tuck surgery, patients are usually discharged after 1-2 days of hospital care, depending on the operating conditions. Patients are generally recommended to wear a special corset after tummy tuck surgery. This corset, which is worn continuously for 1 month, increases the success of the surgery by helping the abdomen to reach the desired form. Approximately 3-4 hours after the end of the operation, you can get up and walk with the help of a relative, and the next day you can walk slowly without help. It is normal to have pain for a while due to the operations and stitches in the abdomen during the surgery and the necessary painkillers will be applied by your doctor.

You can take a bath 2-3 days after the operation and have the comfort of doing your daily work by yourself. During the first week, you should avoid these movements as much as possible, as movements such as coughing, sneezing, and straining may hurt you due to the fact that the stitches have not fully fused, and if they are severe, they may damage your stitches. If you do not work in a heavy job, you can return to your work life in approximately 7-10 weeks under average conditions, depending on your doctor’s recommendations and whether you feel good or not. This information is valid for full tummy tuck surgeries, and patients can return to their daily lives within 3-4 days, although the recovery period is shorter in mini tummy tuck surgeries applied to solve milder problems.