Abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” is one of the more serious and voluminous operations involving the removal of excess skin and fat from the lower and middle abdomen. It is recommended in cases of both men and women with the presence of large pendulous abdomen. Abdominoplasty is sought after in cases of accumulation of adipose tissue as a result of sedentary lifestyle, eating disorders, ageing, stretches of the skin and abdominal muscles after pregnancy, or after weight loss. Such saggy abdomen causes not only aesthetic dissatisfaction with oneself, but also creates physical discomfort during movements of the body.
This surgery is advised when diet, gym and beauty treatments have failed.
The purpose of abdominoplasty is to remove excess fat and excess skin from the front wall of the abdomen. If present, stretch marks on the skin are also removed. At the same time the weakened and loosened abdominal muscles are tightened and restores to their normal position and tone. Abdominoplasty can create not only the shape of "flat" abdomen, but also a more emphasised waistline.
There are two methods of abdominoplasty: full (complete) and mini (partial).
With full tummy tuck belly button is moved to a new location, which corresponds to the new form and proportions of the abdomen.
With "mini" abdominoplasty only the tissues of the lower abdominal area are removed without changing the position of the belly button.
Depending on individual cases, abdominoplasty can be carried out in conjunction with liposuction, which improves the contours of the body.
Anaesthesia: general anaesthetic.
Duration: 2-4 hours.
- Hospital stay: 1-2 days prior to the removal of drainages.
- Special garment must be worn for 1,5-2 months after surgery.
- Sutures are removed 10-12 days after surgery.
- Dynamic observation once a week throughout 1-2 months.
- Ability to return for work 10-15 days later.
Price: Pricing for this operation is determined during the consultation.
Consultation is carried out with meticulous inspection of the constitution and body proportions, especially the abdomen (its volume, the tone of the skin and muscles, the presence of hernia of linea alba). The surgeon will explain in details of the methods and the scope of the surgery, as well as possible side effects and complications. The size of the special garment will also be determined.
What is important to consider?
The main condition for abdominoplasty is absence of the patient's diabetes and smoking (you need to quit smoking several months before surgery).
It is desirable to lose 5-10 kg of weight before surgery (specific recommendations will be given by the surgeon during the during the first consultation few months prior to the operation).
Abdominoplasty is quite a difficult and voluminous operation, and therefore must be conducted by a qualified plastic surgeon with extensive experience.
You can get pregnant after abdominoplasty. But the development of pregnancy (uterine expansions inside uterine and all tissues of abdominal wall) will be complicated and even dangerous. This is because a full abdominoplasty removes excess skin and fat tissue, the position of the navel changes and the rectus abdominis is stitched. On this basis, any abdominoplasty should be done only following the pregnancy and 1-1.5 years after it.
Prior to any procedure following labor one should wait 1-1.5 years until full recovery in the tone of abdominal muscles, subcutaneous tissue and the skin itself. Following that, the method of treatment is determined during the examination. There are a variety of available methods that can help achieve the desired results: mesotherapy, laser therapy and/or surgery. Because there are many factors that vary from case to case, all of the nuances and the correct choice of treatment is determined by the plastic surgeon during the examination; and that is also why the cost also varies greatly - from 500 euros.