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Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Tummy Tuck is an operation that directly targets the abdominal part of the body. The abdominal region is at the center of the human body between the chest and the pelvis. It contains all digestive organs such as stomach, liver, small and large intestine, pancreas and gallbladder.

All these organs are linked together in a natural way by tissues. They are able to expand and slide against each other. Many blood veins pass through the belly and the kidneys are also present in this internal part of the body.

Although the abdominal skin is usually tight, several factors can cause the skin to sag, such as:

  • overweight in the abdominal region,
  • skin prolapse after rapid weight loss,
  • post-pregnancy weight loss.

Nowadays people tend to move less in the current good working conditions of the company. Many of us do our work seated all day and most of the week. Moreover, not only the lack of physical activity but also malnutrition and food hygiene are factors causing overweight.

We must also mention an important point: weight gain during pregnancy. Needless to say, losing weight is the only option to get rid of fat, but another problem can arise or happen  which is skin prolapse.

Skin prolapse usually or directly appears after rapid weight loss and causes a poor aesthetic appearance of the belly. It is a situation that upsets people who have dealt with their overweight problems and annoys them with a new problem.

As with weight loss, the stomach cannot adapt to the rapid changes and a problem with cracked skin or stretch marks may appear. The excess skin and fat varies from patient to patient. In some cases, the skin may be slightly excess and liposuction is not necessary. In some operations, the removal of excess skin and fat is carried out simultaneously. Abdominoplasty is the most effective treatment to meet the medical and aesthetic desire of the patient.

Candidates for Tummy Tuck :

Many people need a tummy tuck, but it is not suitable or beneficial for everyone. There are several factors that can make a person ineligible. In this case, only people who meet some of the following conditions can be candidates for this procedure:  

  1. People who have fatty masses or skin appendages in the abdominal area
  2. Women who suffer from fissures after pregnancy.
  3. People who have sagging in the abdominal area after heavy weight loss
  4. People who do not have conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes or     immunodeficiency.
  5. Your age must be over 21 if you want to have a tummy tuck.
  6. If you want to have a tummy tuck, you must be in good health.

Full Tummy Tuck:

A full tummy tuck addresses the top and bottom of the abdomen through a horizontal or U-shaped incision that is made directly above the pubic mound. Sometimes it stretches to involve the area above the belly button, giving smoother, more natural results. This type is often suitable for patients who have had gastric surgery or who have a large mass of fat in the abdomen.

Mini-Tummy Tuck, Partial:

Mini Tummy Tuck Surgery is applied to patients with severe stretch marks or sagging skin which is kept at the bottom of the navel and not very high amount of fat. It is a simpler operation than a full tummy tuck. This process requires a smaller surgical incision than a full tummy tuck. operation and recovery are faster.

Instructions before the operation:

There are many tips to follow before having a tummy tuck operation in order to achieve the desired results:

  1. Avoid taking anticoagulants such as alcohol, green tea or vitamin combinations, in order to avoid any bleeding during the operation, as they contain vitamin E and vitamin A
  2. Avoid taking stimulants such as caffeine or drugs because these products make anesthesia more difficult.
  3.  Stop taking medicines that dilute the blood for a week before the operation or any drugs.
  4.  Eat healthy and balanced foods before the operation, to avoid complications during the operation
  5. Avoid smoking for at least a month before the operation, as this reduces the amount of oxygen needed for the blood and for healing after the operation. Or try to reduce your tobacco consumption as much as possible.

the operation process step by step

The abdominoplasty takes place in a few very simple steps:

First step: Consultation before the intervention

The doctor examines the abdomen and the waist area. Then he explains all the procedures necessary to achieve a firmer and more beautiful abdomen.

Second step: Carrying out the necessary tests 

Blood tests are carried out to determine the level of sugar in the blood, in order to verify that the patient is free from diseases, which cannot hinder the operation, such as hypertension, diabetes or immunodeficiency.

Step Three: Patient Preparation

The medical team sterilizes the abdominal area. At the end of this step, the patient remains under general anesthesia, so that he does not feel any pain.

Fourth step: Breakdown of fat

The doctor breaks down and sucks fat from the abdomen and waist.

Fifth step: Tightening of the abdominal wall

The doctor makes a simple incision to tighten the abdominal wall and strengthen the muscles, to make them tighter.

Sixth step: Dressing

The doctor puts on a fixed rubber band, called a bandage, to reduce the swelling.

The patient should stay in the hospital for one or two days, to ensure good health and both to ensure full recovery. 

The instructions to follow after the operation:

The patient should follow all of the instructions and advice, given below, in order to achieve the best results:

  1. Continue to wear an abdominal medical corset for eight weeks to reduce swelling and speed up the healing process.
  2. Avoid heavy work or strenuous exercise for two months
  3. Do not carry heavy objects for eight weeks, in order to avoid any deterioration of the tissues.
  4. Avoid using moisturizers for the abdomen and waist to avoid allergies.
  5. You should sleep in certain positions recommended by your doctor depending on your condition, and also avoid lying flat.
  6. For women; avoid pregnancy after tummy tuck surgery.
  7. Avoid swimming in the sea or swimming pool for at least two months.
  8. Do not remove the medical belt for a week, in order to get rid of all fluids in the abdominal area

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