Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.
Patients with abdominal skin sagging that do not respond to diet and exercise are candidates for this surgery, which is applied to both women and men. This surgery should be postponed in those with pregnancy and weight loss plan. All medicines and herbal products used and smoking should be shared. Abdominoplasty is not a weight loss method. It is an operation that stretches the abdominal skin and tightens the abdominal muscles. However, liposaction is commonly used for retouching. It is not right to do it at the same time as the birth; It should be waited for at least 6 months.
The operation is performed in the hospital under general or regional (waist) anesthesia and takes 2-4 hours. The underwear is entered through an incision hidden in the underwear. The abdominal muscles are strengthened and the skin is stretched and closed, so when you wake up, you find yourself in a “V” shape at the waist. Your drains are removed in 1-4 days. It is recommended that you lean forward and walk. If melting stitches are used, they do not need to be removed. A corset is used for 1 month. Except for classical abdominoplasty, mini-abdominoplasty may be preferred in patients whose abdomen is relatively tight and skin laxity is limited. Here, the incision is short and the recovery time from the surgery is shorter. Circumferential abdominoplasty may be preferred for those who have all-around sagging and who have undergone bariatric surgery.