Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)

Pregnancy or sudden weight loss can cause abdominal wall relaxation, which usually leads to stretch marks in the intermuscular space. In addition, there may be a drop in the tension of rectus abdominis, which results in a protruding lower abdomen. You may already have tried to fight off these ailments and you know they are insensitive to physical exercise and creams. Thanks to abdominoplasty, you can get an immediate, impressive effect.

How it’s done

During abdominoplasty, unnecessary parts of the skin and excess fat are removed and abdominal muscles are strengthened. The incision is done in the lower abdomen, in the pubic area so that the scar can be hidden under lingerie or a bathing suit. In the case of the people who experience muscle relaxation and have minimal excess skin, mini abdominoplasty, i.e. lower tummy plastic surgery may suffice. The advantage of this procedure is a shorter scar after surgery, which is very positive for many patients.

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Full abdominoplasty lasts from 2 to 4 hours, depending on the extent of the surgery and whether liposuction is necessary. After the incision, the abdominal skin above the navel is raised and the navel itself separated from the skin. Later, the navel is repositioned through a new incision in the skin. The abdominal muscles are tightened to give a slimming effect. Excess skin and fat are removed and the incision is sewn up. The abdominal wall is relieved with a flexible compression bandage that also reduces postoperative swelling.

During recovery, keep the bent position in the waist and knees, providing comfort and minimizing tension on the stitches. Patients are advised to walk as it speeds up recovery. The abdomen will seem tense for several weeks after surgery. Loss of sensation in some areas is a normal phenomenon, and in the case of some people, it may be permanent. The scar starts to disappear after two or three months. It takes on the final appearance after one to two years. 75 percent of the swelling disappears within six weeks, the remaining swelling disappears after six months. Return to work takes place after approx. 10-14 days.

Recovery:

  • 1-2 days after the surgery the patient stays in the clinic
  • 7 days after the operation, drainage is usually removed
  • 14 days after surgery the stitches are removed
  • 10-14 days back to work
  • 6-7 weeks – swelling goes away
  • 6-8 weeks – you should avoid lifting weights, aerobics, strenuous exercise
  • 8-12 weeks – the scar begins to disappear, final appearance after 2 years

 

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS:

  • Vaser Lipo liposuction during the procedure
  • removal of the surgical scar with a fractional laser with no additional costs

Time of surgery:

up to 4 hours

Anesthesia:

general

Convalescence:

up to 12 weeks

Ask our expert for more details. Schedule an appointment with our plastic surgeon.

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