What is Abdominoplasty Surgery?
* FULL Abdominoplasty (ABOMINOPLASTY)
* PARTIAL Abdominoplasty (MINI-ABOMINOPLASTY)
Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure in which excess fat and sagging skin tissue in the middle and lower abdomen are removed and the abdominal muscles are tightened by stretching, it is not a treatment for obesity. Obese people should lose as much weight as they can before this surgery. With this surgery, the appearance of the fat belly and abdomen improves dramatically; however, the scar due to the surgery is permanent. There are many techniques used by plastic surgeons for abdominoplasty. Abdominoplasty can also be performed in conjunction with body contouring (aesthetic breast surgery, liposuction, etc.) or some other surgeries (uterus, ovary, etc.).
Where is the surgery done?
Full or partial abdominoplasty operations are performed under hospital conditions.
How to Plan a Surgery?
In your first examination, your surgeon will learn about your general health status, the amount and distribution of fat in the abdomen, the sagging and excess of the abdominal skin and the quality of the skin. During this examination; You should give accurate and detailed information to the doctor about the diseases you have had, your current health problems (diabetes, etc.), your habits (smoking, alcohol, etc.) and the drugs you use (aspirin, tranquilizers, etc.). Another issue you should tell your doctor during this examination is why you want this surgery and what you expect from this surgery. Do not hesitate to discuss this issue openly. As a result of your expectations and examination findings, you may be a suitable patient for full or partial abdominoplaty alone or with liposuction, or liposuction alone is sufficient for you. During this examination, the type of anesthesia, how many days you will stay in the hospital and possible problems you may encounter after the surgery should be discussed.
What is Anesthesia Type?
Most of the surgeons in our country prefer general anesthesia for this operation.
How is the Surgery Procedure?
Full abdominoplasty may take 2-5 hours, partial abdominoplasty 1-2 hours depending on the width of the surgery. Often, an incision line that extends from one hip to the opposite hip, but can be hidden in a swimsuit, and a second round incision around the belly is required. In partial abdominoplasty, the incision line is shorter and the navel location may not be changed. During the surgery, the abdominal skin is released from the muscles underneath it from the groin to the level of the ribs. If there is a weakness or hernia in the abdominal muscles, this is reinforced and the excess skin is cut and removed from the body. These procedures performed in mini-abdominoplasty are more limited. After the operation, the wound is closed with either metal clamps or a single or hidden (intradermic) suture and covered with dressings. One or two tubes called drains can be placed under the skin to absorb the excess fluid that will be collected in the area.
What is done after the surgery?
In the first few days, there may be swelling and pain in the abdomen that can be controlled with painkillers. Drains are removed after 1-3 days on average, and stitches after 1-3 weeks. You need to stay in the hospital for an average of 1-3 days. It may take a few months for you to feel the same as before. You can return to work after 2-4 weeks. The scar may seem to worsen in the first 3-6 months, but this is normal, it may take 9 months to 1 year for the scars to flatten and fade. Although it does not disappear completely, the scar can be easily hidden even under this bikini. Partial or full abdominoplasty procedures create excellent results for patients with abdominal muscle weakness or serial sagging. In most patients, excellent results can be maintained for years with regular exercise and diet.
What are the Risks of Abdominoplasty?
Hundreds of abdominoplasty surgeries are performed every year. If this surgery is performed by a plastic surgeon who also specializes in body contour correction, the result is usually satisfactory. Every surgical procedure has a certain amount of risk and it is important that you understand what is involved in abdominoplasty. Comparing the risks and benefits of surgery is essential in accepting the surgical procedure. Many women or