Abdominoplasty can be performed by itself or as part of combined body shaping procedures within the scope of post-bariatric surgeries and maternity aesthetics. Abdominoplasty, which is one of the most common aesthetic body procedures today, may help the individual to have a flat and attractive abdominal area by removing excess skin and excess fat in the abdominal area, which occur due to different reasons. Many different techniques can be combined to best suit the needs of the patient during this procedure, which ensures that the individual is able to choose original clothing, and increases the self-confidence.
What Is Abdominoplasty? How Is It Performed?
Abdominoplasty, which is also called tummy tuck surgery, can be defined as an aesthetic procedure involving the removal of the excess sagging skin in the abdominal region that occurs due to different reasons such as aging, dramatic and rapid weight loss, and a sedentary lifestyle. It is performed with the aim of having a tighter abdomen by structuring the muscles and connective tissues in the area. This procedure can be performed to both men and women. It is mostly preferred by women, who have had multiple deliveries and have aesthetic concerns due to sagging in the abdominal area. In addition, individuals, who lose weight rapidly after post bariatric surgery, frequently demand abdominoplasty for body shaping.
Abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia for patient comfort. The procedure technique to be administered may vary depending on the area of excess skin, the amount of sagging skin to be removed, and whether the patient has excess fat in addition to sagging skin. If the individual has permanent fat in the abdominal area, liposuction can be combined with abdominoplasty. The excess skin is removed, and the connective tissues and muscles in the abdominal area are tightened. The belly button can also be repositioned according to the scope of the changes to be made. When the procedure is completed, the area is closed with aesthetic stitches. Total abdominoplasty takes about 3 hours. In mini abdominoplasty, this period can be reduced to 1.5 hours.
Who Can Have Abdominoplasty?
Individuals over the age of 18 with suitable general medical conditions for the procedure, who have realistic expectations, are determined to adopt healthy lifestyle habits during the post-operative period, have completed the weight loss process, and who have aesthetic concerns due to deformations in their abdominal area can have abdominoplasty.
Planning Process Before Abdominoplasty
As in all aesthetic procedures, the planning process before abdominoplasty is carried out in a very detailed manner. The scope of the procedure and the techniques to be used during the procedure are determined by analyzing the degree of sagging in the abdominal area, the fat ratio, the skin structure and body proportion of the patient. Another factor that affects planning before abdominoplasty is the presence of cracks in the area. After abdominoplasty, all the cracks may not be eliminated. Nonetheless, the position of the skin to be removed may lead to the elimination of some of the cracks completely.
Recovery Process After Abdominoplasty
It may be necessary to stay in the hospital for 1-2 days after the procedure depending on the scope and conditions of the procedure. Patients are discharged after general medical examination. It is recommended to wear a corset for 1 month after abdominoplasty in order to support healing and recovery of the skin. With the use of corset, the surgical area will achieve the targeted form more easily.
Bathing is possible after 2-3 days following the procedure, avoiding actions that increase the intra-abdominal pressure in the first week, and minimizing the possibility of constipation with a healthy diet. Approval should be obtained from the surgeon to start excessive sports. Sudden movements and actions that increase the possibility of bleeding should be avoided.