Suitable candidates for tummy tuck surgeries are usually women. However, sometimes men can be suitable candidates for this surgery. Patients often require this surgery as a result of both sagging and loosening due to deformation in the abdominal skin and muscles after weight gain or pregnancy and similar situations, as well as excessive fat accumulation between the abdominal skin and the muscles that make up the abdominal wall. The most important factor that causes this situation in women is previous pregnancies. In some patients, with the relaxation of the tissues between the muscles that form the anterior abdominal wall and keep the internal organs inside and make the abdomen appear flat, the muscles are separated from each other and the abdomen may appear outward and drooping as a result of herniation of the organs inside the abdomen outside the abdominal wall. In some patients, with weight loss, the abdominal skin and fat content loosen and sag, making the situation more dramatic. Abdominoplasty can basically be summarized as the correction of the above-mentioned deformities. On the one hand, the muscles forming the anterior abdominal wall are narrowed, on the other hand, sagging skin and adipose tissue due to excess are removed.
Tummy Tuck Aesthetics and Surgery (Abdominoplasty)
The structure of the abdominal skin and the amount of cracks, the amount of fat under the skin and the skin, and the degree of relaxation or separation in the abdominal wall muscles are the most important factors to be considered in the planning of tummy tuck surgery. The technique to be applied in order to achieve the desired appearance of the abdomen should be determined accordingly. For example, people who do not have sagging and stretch marks on their abdominal skin can benefit from simpler procedures such as mini-abdominoplasty or classical liposuction or laser lipolysis. Abdominoplasty performed with the classical technique should generally be applied in cases where there is excessive fat accumulation on the abdominal wall and the flexibility of the abdominal skin is severely reduced and sagging. Mini abdominoplasty should be preferred in patients with limited amount of excess fat and skin between the navel and genital area.
Abdominoplasty is a body shaping surgery. Therefore, patients with excess weight are not suitable for this surgery. In this case, it would be appropriate to postpone it until after the patient has lost as much weight as necessary. However, surgery may be important in promoting weight loss in patients who have difficulty in losing weight.Abdominoplasty may take approximately 3-5 hours depending on the severity of the deformity in the patient. The scar that will remain after the surgery is approximately twice the length of the incision made for cesarean section and can be hidden under underwear. In addition, there will be scars around the navel due to the incisions made due to the transfer of the navel. After the surgery, skins are placed in order to remove the leaks that may occur between the abdominal wall and the skin. An appropriate dressing is made and a corset is applied while the patient is still in the operating room.In the first few days after tummy tuck surgery, especially if liposuction is added, the abdominal region will be edematous. It is also normal to feel pain that can be controlled with simple painkillers. Drains placed during surgery are usually 2-4. can be taken per day. The hospital stay is usually 1-2 days.There may be difficulty in standing upright initially, but this does not prevent the patient from meeting his personal needs. The corset should generally be used for 6 weeks. Light sports can be done 3 weeks after tummy tuck surgery, and moderate sports 6 weeks later. While the scars are initially red, they will gradually turn white in 6 months. The most important complication that can be seen after abdominoplasty is the blood flow disorder that may occur in the stretched tissue. Therefore, it is important for patients to stay away from smoking. Apart from this, wound infection, accumulation of blood or serum at the surgical site and poor wound healing can be counted