What is Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Surgery?
tummy tuck surgery; both due to sagging, wrinkle/crack formation skin quality and appearanceIt is a type of surgery performed with the aim of correcting the deformations of the abdominal region, which are caused by the development of disorders in the structure and distribution of the subcutaneous fat and muscle tissue.
Who Are the People Who Need Abdominoplasty?
As in other plastic surgery surgeries, the necessity of abdominoplasty should be decided together by the patient and the plastic surgeon. Abdominoplasty may not be the solution to all deformations in the abdomen.
Suitable candidates for tummy tuck surgery are generally; severe in the middle and lower abdomen fat distribution disorderthose, skin qualityseverely impaired (such as the presence of intense cracks in the skin, deterioration of skin elasticity and a doughy skin structure), relaxation of anterior abdominal wall musclesThey are people whose abdominal region is deformed.
How Major Is Abdominoplasty?
Abdominoplasty operations are operations performed under general anesthesia, except in rare cases. Abdominoplasty is a general nomenclature. Surgery to remove the deformity in the abdomen may only include the lower abdomen, or an operation that will include the middle abdomen, where the navel is located, in more severe deformities.
In general, all plastic surgeons are in the act of performing the intervention as much as the patient needs, limiting the duration of the operation and the intervention in the operation. For this reason, operations called mini abdominoplasty can be performed in cases where the muscles in the anterior abdominal wall preserve their structure and cause deformation in the lower abdomen. Since the intervention area is limited in this type of tummy tuck surgery, the operation time is relatively short and the recovery period is expected to be shorter.
However, in cases where the deformation is large including the middle abdomen, in cases where there are widespread cracks in the skin, in cases where the anterior abdominal wall muscles are severely relaxed, it may be necessary to intervene in a wider area including the navel (fullabdominoplasty). In these cases, the surgical process and the recovery period will be relatively longer. But there will also be opportunities for more intervention in problematic structures. Since the location of the belly button will change in this size tummy tuck surgery, a new belly button should be carefully created.
Is There Any Scar After Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty)?
After tummy tuck surgeries, a scar remains on the lower part of the abdomen, under the underwear. The location and length of this scar vary according to the planned surgery. These scars, which are relatively obvious at the beginning, lose their clarity and fade over time.
What Should I Consider Before Abdominoplasty?
As mentioned above, the patient and the plastic surgeon decide on the tummy tuck surgery together. In this decision-making process, the medical condition and habits of the patient also gain importance.
Before such operations, your general health status, long-term diseases (cardiovascular system disorders, high blood pressure, excessive bleeding tendency, diabetes, previous wound healing problems, etc.), medications you use (blood thinners, different painkillers, heart rhythm regulators) You should fully inform your doctor about blood pressure regulators, diabetes medications, psychiatric drugs, etc.).
Smoking not only significantly affects the quality of wound healing, but also gains importance in anesthesia applications. If you have a habit of smoking, you should definitely inform your doctor about this and stop smoking in the period before the tummy tuck surgery, as far as possible from the surgery. Even if there is no generally accepted period for smoking restriction, it is important for the success of the operation to stop smoking at least two weeks before.
Tummy tuck surgery, like other surgeries, carries some risks. Do not forget to review all possibilities with your responsible physician before such an operation.
What Should I Pay Attention To After Abdominoplasty?
It is generally appropriate to stay in the hospital for one day after tummy tuck surgery, but the patient can be discharged the same day after some mini tummy tuck surgeries. After large-area surgeries, drains can be placed to prevent blood from accumulating in deep tissues in order to prevent blood accumulation in the surgical field. In cases where these drains are placed, it is usually appropriate to remove them after 1-2 days. Sutures that dissolve on their own and do not need to be removed are generally used during tummy tuck surgery. In very rare cases where the stitches that need to be removed are used, the stitches will be removed by the responsible doctor on the 10th day.
from tummy tuck surgery Afterwards, you may need to use a corset for as long as your doctor deems appropriate.
In the longer term, you may need to review your lifestyle and regulate your sports nutrition habits in order to maintain the gains you have gained after such surgeries.