Abdominoplasty is basically the process of removing excess skin and fat from the abdomen. Since many people have excess fat at the same time, it is usually appropriate to combine it with liposuction. If the abdominal muscles have moved away from the midline and separated from each other due to reasons such as childbirth or excess weight, it is also possible to tighten the abdominal muscles during this surgery and thus to thin the waist a little.
There are basically two types of tummy tuck surgery. The first is the classical tummy tuck, in which a large amount of skin is removed from the abdomen and the navel needs to be relocated; the second is a mini tummy tuck, in which some of the tissue under the belly button is removed without changing its location.
If the sagging is only in the part below the belly button, a mini tummy tuck is usually sufficient. If the upper tissue is hanging over the belly button, then a classical tummy tuck is required. In both cases, the surgical scar remains in the bikini or underwear. It is not yet possible to perform tummy tuck surgery without any scars, even if hidden stitches are performed very carefully to reduce the scar that will remain.
Tummy tuck is done at adult ages. The risk rate is low in non-smokers. I recommend smokers to quit smoking 1 month in advance. You should not get pregnant in the first year after the operation.
After the operation, you should use an abdominal corset for 2 or 4 weeks, depending on the situation. Pain that can be controlled with oral painkillers is expected in the first days. Again, depending on the situation, your movements and daily activities may decrease significantly in the first week. Under normal circumstances, you will gradually return to most of your daily activities after 1 week.