Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty is a cosmetic surgery preferred by those who gain and lose weight frequently, the women who have loose skin after pregnancy or those who have deformations that impair the abdominal aesthetic.
If a woman gives birth to a rather large baby or if it was a c-section, then this deformation in the abdominal muscles, known as the c-section pooch, may cause sagging of the skin.
The excess skin is removed and the intended appearance of abdominal region is obtained with abdominoplasty.
How Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Surgery Works?
There are two kinds of tummy tuck surgeries. These are full tummy tuck and mini tummy tuck (full and mini or partial abdominoplasty).
The planning of the full tummy tuck surgery is carried out by marking the patient’s body with colored pens. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and it takes about 2-3 hours. An additional incision will be made around the belly button in order to release it from the surrounding skin, but the belly button remains attached to the abdomen. Excess skin and fat are removed from the middle and lower abdomen. The patient is kept under observation in the hospital for 3 days after the surgery. The resulting surgical scar disappears within months, leaving just a thin line.
In a mini tummy tuck, there is a shorter incision on the lower abdomen. A great option for patients with a smaller amount of loose skin, this surgery is performed under general anesthesia. After the surgery which lasts about 2 hours, the patient is kept under observation in the hospital for 1 or 2 days.
What is the Process After the Surgery?
Swelling and bruises on the abdomen are normal for the first few days after the surgery. Depending on the condition of the surgery, the patient will be discharged within 2-3 days. Surgical drains are placed in the surgical area to relieve the patient during the surgery. Surgical drains are removed 4-5 days after surgery.
The patient cannot stand upright after the surgery. It is very important for the patient to take short walks regularly. The patient will be required to use a special corset for a month. Since the surgical wound does not heal during the first 10 days, it is necessary to avoid sudden movements that may force the abdominal muscles such as severe coughing and sneezing, which may cause sutures to open.
The incision is performed according to the degree of sagging and a surgical scar will remain, but some measures are taken to minimize this scar to a degree that it is hardly noticable.
Usually, the patient can return to work within 2 weeks. However, the answer to this question may vary depending on the type of work the patient engages in, because the time to heal may take a little longer in occupations where physical activity is nesessary.
Although it may vary from patient to patient, the procedure usually takes 2-3 hours.
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