Who Will Benefit from Abdominoplasty Surgery? Female and male subjects who have saggy abdominal skin, which is resistant to diet and exercise, and smooth body contours, are candidates of this surgery. The operation is particularly useful in female subjects who gave birth multiple times, has lines and wrinkles on abdominal skin and saggy or loose abdominal muscles. Patient who are planning on losing weight should postpone the surgery. The women who intend to give birth are also recommended to postpone the surgery until post-partum period. Going through abdominopalsty surgery once will improve your appearance and self-confidence however; the surgery will not provide you with an ultimately ideal appearance or elimination of other problems which require treatment. You should consider your expectations well and discuss them with your doctor in preoperative period.

How Does Preoperative Preparation Process Work?

Your surgeons will demand a number of things during this period. If you smoke, you should take a break for 4 weeks before the procedure until 2 weeks after procedure. You should avoid excessive sun exposure at this time interval. If you use Vitamin E and Aspirin, you should discontinue and also avoid heavy diet regimens preoperatively. The surgery can be postponed due to common cold or other infections.

What is Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)?

*FULL TUMMY TUCK SURGERY (ABDOMINOPLASTY)

*PARTIAL TUMMY TUCK SURGERY (MINI-ABDOMINOPLASTY)

Abdominoplasty is a surgical intervention that is performed for removing sagged skin and heavy fat deposition on the middle and lower belly in order to stretch and strengthen abdominal muscles; accordingly, it is not a bariatric surgery. Overweight individuals should lose as much weight as possible before the surgery. Appearance of fatty belly and abdomen is dramatically corrected via this surgery however the surgical scar is permanent. There are multiple techniques used by plastic surgeons for abdominoplasty surgery. Abdominoplasty may be performed in combination with surgeries for correcting body contour (aesthetic breast surgeries, liposuction, etc) or other certain surgeries (uterine, ovarian surgeries, etc.). If you are considering abdominoplasty surgery, you will find information on the topic in this passage however, you may not find all the answers to your questions here.

Where is the Surgery Performed?

Full or mini abdominoplasty surgeries are performed under operating theatre conditions.

How is the Surgery Planned?

Your doctor will inspect your general health status, amount and distribution of abdominal fat, degree of sagging and excess of the abdominal skin and quality of the skin in your initial examination. During the examination you should provide accurate and detailed information to your doctor on your prior and current health problems (diabetes mellitus, etc.), habits (smoking, alcohol consumption, etc.), medications (aspirin, sedatives, etc.). Another topic you should disclose to your doctor is the reason for which you want to go through the surgery and your expectations from the surgery. Feel free to discuss this issue openly. You may be an ideal patient for only full or mini abdominoplasty or in combination with liposuction or liposuction on its own may be sufficient for you in light of your expectation and findings of your examination. Type of anesthesia, the duration of hospitalization and the possible postoperative problems you may face should be discussed during the examination.

How Does the Surgery Process Work?

Full abdominoplasty may last approximately 2 t o5 hours depending on the extent of the surgery while mini abdominoplasty will last approximately 1 to 2 hours. Usually an incision line extending from one hip to the other hip which can be concealed in a swimsuit and a secondary round incision around the abdomen are required. The incision line for mini abdominoplasty is shorter and abdomen may not need to be shifted. Abdominal skin is freed from muscles starting at inguinal area up to ribs during the surgery. If there is weakness in abdominal muscles or hernia, they are fortified; excess skin is cut and removed from the body. Similar procedures performed in mini-abdominoplasty have lesser extent. Wounds are closed with metal clamps or single or hidden intradermal sutures after the surgery and covered with wound dressing. One or two tubes called drains are subcutaneously placed in order to drain the accumulated fluid.