Information About the Procedure

An abdominal lift surgery is for both men and women and it is a type of operation designed to tighten the abdominal wall muscles in the midline and remove the sagging excess skin in the abdomen. This procedure can be combined with breast operations and liposuction. Doctor B highlights four main points in the abdominal lift:

Tummy tuck surgery is for both men and women whose bodies have undergone dramatic changes from fluctuations in weight, pregnancy, loss of skin elasticity, effects of aging and gravity all contribute to loss of tone in the abdomen.

  • The incision scar will remain under the underwear
  • A waist curve will be created in proportion with the new appearance of the abdomen
  • The mons pubis region will have a proportional appearance to the new appearance of the abdomen
  • Correct positioning of the reshaped belly button is required

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia. The site of incision in the lower abdomen is determined and care is exercised for this incision to be symmetrically aligned. The skin over the abdomen is excised and a tunnel is created in the midline heading upwards. Loosened abdominal muscles are tightened, bringing them back to the midline. Then, they are sutured along with the deep and superficial layers of the outer abdominal wall. If necessary, drains are placed. The patient is dressed in surgical compression garments. Patients are awakened in the postoperative suite under the supervision of the anesthesiologist and the anesthesiology nurse and once the patient is awake they are transferred to his or her room.

Ideal Candidates For Abdominoplasty

Individuals; whose bodies have undergone dramatic changes from fluctuations in weight, pregnancy, loss of skin elasticity, effects of aging and gravity all contribute to loss of tone in the abdomen and who are fully motivated with realistic expectations can be ideal candidates for the abdominal lift procedure.

The main purpose of abdominal lifting is to smooth the deformation in your abdomen. This way, you will have great outcomes in this part of your body. Tightening the abdominal wall and removing the excess skin should not be considered as a rapid method for weight loss. Aesthetic surgery, as its name implies, aims to improve the aesthetic appearance of the individual. None of these procedures will help you lose weight, but they will help you to have significant contours.

In the abdominal lift surgery, the incision is made depending on the degree of sagging; and yes, you will have scars left but we take significant precautions to minimize scarring. Doctor B places the incision in a way to be covered with your underwear. Secondly, special suturing techniques are used in the operation, aiming to minimize the strain. Thereby, the scars will occur along a single line and they will be contained in a covered area. You are going to receive post-operative instructions customized for you and you are going to use products to reduce scarring further.

Drains are often used in abdominoplasty. They are placed to prevent a potentially developing seroma, which is the collection of body fluids between the skin and the abdominal wall. However, the use of indwelling catheters varies from patient to patient. The purpose of all of these processes is to protect your wellbeing and ensure your comfort.

Normally, all sutures are placed under the skin and do not need to be removed after surgery.

People undergoing abdominoplasty can normally return to work within 2 weeks. This depends on the type of work the individual performs.

You can start short walks immediately on the night after the surgery under the supervision of the nurse. And, please continue taking short walks for the first week. This is essential for the healing process. However, please try not to exhaust yourself and do not let yourself sweat until sterile strips are removed. Then, it will be better to increase the intensity of workouts gradually. Do not lift anything heavier than 10 kilos during the first four weeks. Once the sterile strips are removed, you can start doing mild cardio exercises. You can perform workouts starting from the sixth week after the surgery without any restrictions; however, you should not be exhausted. Doctor B will review your condition at follow-up visits after the operation and discuss the details of an activity program customized for you.

Unless otherwise specified, you can take a shower 3 days after the operation. This is important for your skin to heal and it will make you feel better. Always dry the sterile stripes off after the shower until your sterile stripes are removed, and then use a blow dryer set at low-heat.

It's up to you; you can drive when you feel good and when you start giving proper reflex responses. Avoid unnecessary risks.

No. You must move but in a controlled manner. During the operation, three sets of sutures are placed under the skin, each in a different skin layer. These sutures are very strong. You should take periodic short walks shortly after the surgery and increase the level of your workouts as recommended by Doctor B.

Surgery will not affect conception. If you become pregnant after this operation, your abdominal wall will not remain the same as it was post-operatively. You may experience some loosening.

Yes, the procedure is performed under general anesthesia. General anesthesia is a safe and comfortable option for such operations. The Doctor B anesthesia team consists of reliable and professional specialists. They schedule the processes while being completely focused on the patient during and after the operation.

This is variable depending on the patient. However, the process normally takes 2-3 hours.

Yes. It would be better if a family member or friend stays with you for at least 24 hours after the surgery. If a companion is not available, the members of the Doctor B Team will be able to provide you a companion service with a warm and professional approach.

Usually, edema remains for almost one month after the surgery. This process is observed in 4 out of every 6 people. Edema is quite normal, do not have any doubts. Edema does not limit your ability to perform normal daily activities.

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