A Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) is a surgical procedure that improves the skin appearance, shape and profile of your abdominal area.
The treated area includes the belly and waist, helping to reduce fat and excess, loose or saggy skin. In some cases, it also involves restoring weakened or separated muscles, this is known as Diastasis Recti (split abdominal muscles) which is a common post-pregnancy condition.
The aim of Abdominoplasty Surgery is to remove excess tummy skin, typically caused by significant weight loss or pregnancy that diet and exercise alone cannot reduce.
- A Tummy Tuck procedure is the surgical reduction of redundant skin and fatty tissues from your Abdomen to get a smoother and more firmly contoured abdominal region.
- The area treated by an Abdominoplasty procedure will vary slightly depending on the type of Tummy surgery you require. Types of Tummy Tuck procedures we offer include a Full Tummy Tuck, Mini Tummy Tuck, Fleur de Lis & Belt Lipectomy.
- A Tummy Tuck procedure usually requires a horizontally-oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairline and the navel.
- The shape, position & length of the incision will be determined by the degree of correction necessary. A second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen. This may enable your Surgeon to also improve the appearance of the belly button area (navel) if it was impacted by pregnancy & weight changes. Where possible, we use the patient’s existing navel.
- A skilled Abdominoplasty Surgeon knows where to place the Tummy Tuck incision lines for good results and optimal scar minimisation.
- Incision lines (scars) can often be hidden in the area that is covered by swimwear or undergarments. Scars mature over several months to a year or longer. We also offer patients special scar minimisation therapies.
Am I a good candidate?
- Tummy Tuck Surgery may be a great option to achieve or restore a firmer, contoured abdomen area and tighter, smoother belly skin.
- The procedure may be suited for individuals with excess, visibly sagging skin around the tummy area resulting from significant weight loss, pregnancy or skin ageing.
- Significant weight loss through Bariatric Surgery, such as Gastric Bypass or Gastricm Sleeve Surgery and/or lifestyle and nutritional changes often leave behind redundant, sagging tummy skin and skin folds.
- Exercise will help tone and tighten your underlying muscles, but will not help reduce the sagging skin that has resulted from weight fluctuation or the loss of skin elasticity and resiliency.
- Abdominoplasty is not intended to take the place of exercise regimes or healthy eating. A good candidate must be at a stable weight and should have no underlying health issues.
It is important to note that Tummy Tuck surgery is not an alternative to weight loss or to choosing a healthy lifestyle that includes healthy nutrition and regular exercise.
If you are still carrying a lot of excess weight then you may not be an ideal candidate for a Tummy Tuck just yet.
It can help to schedule a preliminary consultation with a caring, empathetic Specialist Plastic Surgeon as this too may help you with motivation and planning in preparation for your Tummy Tuck procedure.
Preparation for Tummy Tuck Surgery usually involves ensuring a healthy nutritional
intake, a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise and sufficient water intake for hydration.
If you are planning to have children in the future, it may be suggested that you wait to have Tummy Tuck surgery until after completing your family, in order to avoid your surgery results being impacted by fluctuations in weight associated with pregnancy.
Before deciding on your Surgeon or proceeding with surgery, there are a few important things that you should consider:
- Is my chosen Surgeon a fully qualified and experienced Specialist Plastic Surgeon?
- Is my procedure going to be performed in a fully accredited hospital?
- Am I in good health and at a healthy, maintainable weight or stable BMI?
- Do I have realistic expectations about what a Tummy Tuck Surgery can achieve?
- Am I choosing to have surgery for the right reasons and at the right time?
- Am I able & willing to undergo a recovery and healing period of around 4-6 weeks?
- Do I have someone (a friend, partner or relative) who can assist me during my recovery?
The length of your recovery period will depend on your specific procedure and other health and lifestyle factors.
Recovery times can vary significantly from person to person. The general rule, however, is that you should allow 4-6 weeks for initial recovery following your surgery. Scar maturation often takes longer, up to a year or more. Be sure you wear your garment as instructed and take advantage of the Rapid Recovery products we provide to assist you during your healing and recovery.
You will need to work with your Surgeon to allow for adequate and proper healing time. It is important to consult with your Surgeon before returning to daily activities such as driving, lifting and exercise, and to wear the post-operative compression garments throughout your recovery period for the designated time frames.
Please keep in mind that your results from Tummy Tuck surgery are likely to be impacted by fluctuations in your weight, skin health or Body Mass Index (BMI). Skin may be stretched and become loose again if you gain and/or lose weight following your Abdominoplasty Surgery. To maximise the longevity of your Tummy Tuck Surgery results, it is important to maintain a healthy, nutritious lifestyle.
A Full Abdominoplasty involves the surgical reduction of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen in order to tighten the muscles and fascia of the abdominal wall.
This procedure may often be required by patients who have lost a significant amount of weight through lifestyle changes or gastric sleeve surgery, or for those who have excess, sagging skin around the abdomen area as a result of pregnancy or ageing. A full Abdominoplasty is usually suitable for patients with significantly saggy skin.
A Full Abdominoplasty is a body contouring procedure that reduces excess skin and fat and helps provide access to the damaged muscles in the stomach region. This technique is performed similarly to the traditional tummy tuck
the procedure, with the addition of a vertical incision to better address the excess
abdominal skin above the navel.
This type of Abdominoplasty procedure is ideal for patients who require more
skin removal than a Tummy Tuck or Mini Tummy Tuck. It can assist with body
contouring for selected candidates.
A Mini Tummy Tuck is a slightly modified Abdominoplasty procedure that
uses a smaller incision than what is commonly used for a Full Tummy Tuck.
This Tummy Tuck procedure is often ideal for patients who require a smaller
amount of loose skin to be removed around the lower abdomen, and who
do not have a fully separated abdominal wall as this can’t be repaired with a
Mini Tummy Tuck.
The smaller incision used for this procedure often results in less scarring.
A Belt Lipectomy is often referred to as a Circumferential Abdominoplasty,
where the incision continues all the way to the back.
This body sculpting procedure removes tissue circumferentially around
the lower abdomen and behind the back, with the surgical scar remaining
around the waist as it would for other Abdominoplasty procedures (the scar
is longer and extends past the hips for most patients).
Patients with massive weight loss after gastric sleeve, lap-band or bypass
surgery are typically good candidates for Belt Lipectomy surgery.
- Medications and General Anesthesia are administered for your comfort during your Tummy Tuck surgery.
- A Full Tummy Tuck procedure requires a horizontally-oriented incision in the area of the pubic hairline (or between the pubic hairline and navel). The shape and length of your incision line will be determined by the degree of correction necessary. A second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen. Skin is separated from your abdominal wall and all the way up to the ribs. The surgeon then draws your underlying muscles and tissues together with stitches. This will narrow your waistline and strengthen the abdominal wall and help correct split abdominal muscles.
- Abdominal skin is drawn down and any excess skin is removed. Re-positioning of the navel is also performed if required.
- Sutures, skin adhesives, tapes or clips close the skin incisions from your Tummy Tuck.
- Typically, you’ll need to wear a compression garment up to 6 weeks or longer after your surgery to enhance your results. There are many options for Tummy Tuck post surgery compression garments. Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon can help you choose the best one for your body and procedure.
- The final results may be initially obscured by swelling and your inability to stand fully upright until internal healing is complete. Typically swelling will begin to minimise within the first two weeks following your surgery and will continue to improve throughout your recovery period.
- Incision lines can take from 12 to 18 months to fully mature, and scar formation can vary from patient to patient.
- Healite II Low-Level Light Therapy, Fraxel Laser treatments or Dermapen can assist with healing and minimisation of surgical scars. Be sure to follow your Surgeon’s instructions carefully after surgery to minimise your scars. Don’t do too much too soon!
1- What kind of anesthesia is used?
2- What are the contraindications to surgery?
If you have HIV, heart, and blood diseases and if your BMI is more than 35.
3- Is it painful?
No, since it is performed under anesthesia.
4- In the event of rejection, what is the alternative solution?
5- How long should I stay in Istanbul?
7 to 10 days.
6- How can I predict my result?
By your BMI/sagging level and by getting a consultation.
7- Does the operation has a warranty?
Yes but you must follow the instructions.
8- Who is completely rejected for surgery?
If you have heart disease or HIV.
9- What are the most important medications that must be stopped before the operation?
10- What are the instructions before and after surgery?
◾ Do not eat or drink anything after midnight before the morning of your surgery.
◾ Do not wear makeup, lotions, or perfume to surgery.
◾ Do not wear fingernail polish to surgery.
◾ Do not plan to drive yourself.
◾ Do not take any medications without your doctor's advice.
◾ Do not take vitamins or herbal tea.
◾ Stop all blood thinner medications before a week.
◾ Stop drinking green tea or alcohol and coffee before 3 days of operation.
◾ Stop smoking 3 days before the operation.
◾ Stop sexual relationship 2 days before the operation.
◾ Keep on your medications from your doctor except we reject them.
◾ Keep on drinking a lot of water.
◾ Keep on wearing comfortable loose-fitting clothes: We recommend a button-up top and pull-on pants with easy-to-slip-on flats. Do not wear a shirt or other clothing that has to be pulled over your head.
◾ Keep on making sure you have a close friend with you, it is generally better
◾ Take a shower the night before the operation.
◾ Do not do any excess exercises.
◾ Do not swim for 2 months.
◾ Do not do bodybuilding for 2 months.
◾ Do not take a bath for a week.
◾ Do not take a sauna or Turkish bath for 2 months.
◾ Stop drinking alcohol for a week.
◾ Stop smoking for a week.
◾ Stop drinking coffee, herbal tea for a week.
◾ Keep on following our instructions strictly and carefully.
◾ Keep on wearing the corset for 3 weeks to 3 months.
◾ Keep the wound sterilized for two or three weeks.
◾ Keep your necessities close to you and not on the high shelves.
11- When do I know the wound is infected?
If you have temperature or pus.
12- How do I treat a wound?
You can contact us.
13- When can I change the bandage?
You should change the bandage every 48 hours.
14- Is it possible to exercise after the operation?
15- Is it normal to not feel the abdomen, a sense of complete numbness? How long does that last?
It is normal, it may last for two weeks.
16- When can take a shower?
After 10 days.
17- When will swelling and bulges go away?
Two weeks later.
18- Can I be exposed to the sun after the operation?
19- For how long do the threads stay after the operation?
For 2 weeks.
20- When can I sleep on my stomach or on my side?
3 to 6 weeks later.
21- How long should a medical corset be worn?
For 2 months.
22- Can a medical corset be worn for more than six months?
Yes in some cases.
23- When can I use ointment after the operation?
3 weeks later.
24- When can the wound be exposed to soap and water?
2 weeks later.
25- Do arm lift scars fade away?
26- When can I exercise or carry weights after a hand lift operation?
2 months later.
27- Can I do sports?
Yes, you can after 2 months.
28- I follow a healthy diet and I don't see results what is the solution?
29- When can I start the massage and what type of massage is needed?
You can have massages after 4 weeks as long as you get it from an expert.
30- Do scars generally go away?
31- What operations can I do with one anesthesia?
With almost all the operations which are performed on the front of your body.
32- What operations cannot be combined together?
33- What is the difference between liposuction and surgical tightening?
Liposuction is only for fat suction but tightening is for cutting the excess skin.