After giving birth or as a result of excessive weight gain, sagging and cracks occur in the abdomen. The skin loses its elasticity. In this case, the best solution is to remove this sagging skin together with the underlying fat tissue. Even if the weight gained through sports and diet is lost, it is not always possible to recover the sagging skin. In this, the person’s genetic predisposition and skin structure are important. Losing as much weight as they can before the surgery increases the success of the surgery in order for overweight patients to get better results. If female patients have a plan to have children, it is more appropriate to postpone the surgery after delivery. However, there is no obstacle for a woman who has had tummy tuck surgery to become pregnant.
In the examination of the patient, the skin tone, the amount of fat in the abdomen and waist area are checked. Sometimes only tummy tuck is sufficient, in some cases it may be necessary to thin the waist by performing liposuction to the lumbar region together with tummy tuck. The surgery is performed with general anesthesia. Therefore, blood tests are performed beforehand. If blood thinners such as aspirin are used, it is recommended not to drink herbal teas before the surgery (some herbal teas may increase bleeding). The incision site to be made in the surgery is marked. This situation is shared with the patient. Small changes can be made in the shape of the incision according to the patient’s dressing style.
FULL Tummy tuck: The surgery is performed with general anesthesia. An incision is made in the inguinal region, extending to both iliac wings (the pelvis). The abdominal skin is lifted up to the thorax along with the adipose tissue. The navel is released. Excess skin and fat tissue are removed, the remaining abdominal skin is stretched and a new belly button is created. In addition, during this procedure, a narrowing suture, which we call plication, is placed on the abdominal muscles. This suture provides both thinning of the waist and removal of the swelling in the abdomen in women. A drain is placed in the operating area. Drains are removed on the 2nd day. The surgery takes about 3 hours.
PARTIAL Tummy tuck: This procedure is not as extensive as a full tummy tuck. Only sagging skin in the groin area is intervened. If the belly button is not touched, the procedure can be supported with liposuction if necessary. The operation takes 1 hour.
After the operation, 1 or 2 nights of hospitalization is required. It is necessary to position the bed for the first 3-4 days while lying down, and to walk by leaning slightly while walking. Return to daily life in 1 week. A scar is left in the groin area that extends to both hip bones. This scar gradually decreases over time and depending on the wound healing of the patient.