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Tummy Tuck Surgery

Tummy Tuck Surgery

What Is Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Sagging and loosening are seen in the abdominal skin because of hormonal and physical factors such as rapid weight changes and pregnancy. These deformations are also accompanied by skin cracks and deterioration of the skin quality. Pregnancy and obesity also cause extra burden on the abdominal muscles and cause deformities.

What Is Tummy Tuck?

Tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty) is a frequently used method in correcting these problems. Tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty) consists of surgical removal of the lower abdominal skin which has poor skin quality and correcting the cracked skin. The aim here is not only to get rid of this excess skin but also to shape the body.

Liposuction increases the success of tummy tuck surgery when performed together. However, since vascular and nerve structures will be damaged in the classical liposuction method, it is not possible to work easily in every part of the body if it is to be performed with tummy tuck surgery. Because of the fear ofpossible damages on the vessels which are carrying blood to the skin, a more restricted liposuction procedure is preferred.

Today, thanks to Vaserliposuction technology, liposuction can be easily applied to almost any part of the body without damaging the vascular and nerve structures. This procedure is called "Vaser Tummy Tuck". (Tummy Tuck + Vaser Liposuction = Vaser Tummy Tuck)

Tummy Tuck Surgery in Turkey

Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery is not only performed to tighten the deformed abdominal skin. By Tummy tuck surgery, it is also possible to repair muscular deformation that is caused by childbirth or weight changes.

Muscular repair during Tummy tuck surgery is called diastasis recti repair. We can also remove the settled fat deposits in the waist and upper abdomen with Vaser liposuction during Tummy tuck surgery. We call this procedure “vaser tummy tuck in Turkey”.

Many women and men complain of fat accumulation and skin sagging in the lower abdomen. There is a tendency of fat accumulation in the lower abdominal area. Pregnancies, cesarean incisions, previous abdominal surgeries, and weight changes reduce the skin quality especially in the lower abdomen, and increase fattening. Many women who have given birth have loose abdominal skin and this area is deformed with fat accumulation which does not disappear even they have lost weight.

How Is Tummy Tuck Surgery Performed in Turkey?

The extent of operation to be performed changes depending on the severity of deformity in the abdominal area (abdominal sagging, abdominal cracks, etc.). A full Tummy tuckcan take 2-4 hours, and a mini tummy tuck surgery can take about 2 hours according to the extent of surgery. The incisions will be designed as a continuation of the cesarean scar and will remain in underwear. The incision which will be opened in Vaser mini tummy tuck in Turkey is shorter and therefore the scar will be smaller. In the mini tummy tuck, the position of our belly button will not change.

During tummy tuck surgery in Turkey, separation of abdominal muscles (diastasis recti) can also be repaired. Tummy tuck surgery is performed in a full-fledged hospital and under operating room conditions. In addition to the experience of the surgeon; the hospital where the operation will be held, anesthesia to be given, operating room and postoperative care are also important. Stitches will be in the form of invisible aesthetic stitches and there will be no need for stitch removal since dissolvable suture materials will be used.

Types of Tummy Tuck Surgery

“Full Tummy tuck” and “Mini Tummy tuck” are the most frequently applied Tummy tuck surgeries.

Full Tummy tuck Surgery

Full tummy tuck surgery is suitable for people who have skin cracks and excessive sagging and loosening in the lower abdominal area. During full tummy tuck surgery, a new belly button is created which will be redesigned when the deformed part of the abdomen will be removed. Scarring of full tummy tuck surgery is designed to be hidden inside the underwear.

Vaser liposuction is applied to the upper abdomen and love handles during full tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery. In the same surgery, deformation and diastasis recti in abdominal muscles are also intervened and a tight abdomen is achieved. In this way, hernias that might occur in the future are prevented beforehand.

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Mini Tummy tuck Surgery

It is performed with a slightly smaller incision in the groin compared to a full tummy tuck surgery. A mini tummy tuck can be sufficient if the sagging in the lower abdominal area is little and skin cracks (stria) are found in the lower parts of the lower abdomen. Unlike full tummy tuck surgery, the incision is smaller, the amount of excised skin is less and the position of the belly button does not change. Repair of abdominal muscles (diastasis recti repair) can be performed in mini tummy tuck surgery. Body shaping is completed with Vaser liposuction in the same session.

You will be asked some questions about your previous and current diseases, surgeries, allergies, and regularly used medications in a detail during the first consultation for tummy tuck surgery. You are informed about how the postoperative process is, whether drains are placed during the operation, how many days of rest is required after the surgery, where the scarring occurs and how long it remains, and when you can return to your daily life after the Tummy tuck surgery. During this consultation, your detailed medical history is taken and your previous operations are asked. The process before and after the tummy tuck surgery is explained in detail. The abdominal area is examined in standing and lying positions, skin quality and muscular deformation are controlled.

Tummy Tuck Surgery Cost 2021

Tummy tuck surgery cost will vary depending on the concurrent aesthetic operations, the hospital and the surgeon you choose. Please contact us for detailed information about Tummy tuck surgery in Turkey.

What Changes Occur After Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Most women drop a size or twoafter a successful tummy tuck surgery, abdominal deformity disappears, a flatter abdomen and a thinner waist are achieved, and a person’s self-confidence increases. In a woman with a lack of self-confidencebecause of a physical deformity, a significant improvement is seen in her motivation after tummy tuck surgery.

  • Dropping a size or two,
  • Correcting abdominal deformity,
  • Flatter abdomen,
  • A thin waist,
  • Increase of self-confidence.

A motivated woman who feels herself younger, stronger, and healthier continues her diet program and gets into a rapid weight loss and body shaping period. Before and after tummy tuck surgery, there will be a significant change in the women in terms of psychological condition and physical appearance.

Is It Necessary to Lose Weight Before Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuckis a suitable solution for abdominal deformities and regional fattening which you cannot get rid of despite exercise and diets. It is an undeniable fact that the result after tummy tuck surgery will be much more successful in those who follow a diet. Some patients want to undergo tummy tuck surgery while they have their excess weight. Our strategy in this patient group is to make them lose weight with our specialist dietitian and then complete the tummy tuck process.

How Much Weight Do You Lose After Tummy Tuck Surgery?

As we always indicate,tummy tuck surgery is not a weight-loss method. However, in addition to a certain amount of fat and skin tissue, there will be a serious fat loss by the liposuction performed during a tummy tuck. Another factor that affects the results of a tummy tuck is the diet after surgery. Achieving more successful results are inevitable due to rapid fat breakdown in patients who make a diet after tummy tuck surgery.

Does Government Pay For Tummy tuck Surgery?

The government does not pay for tummy tuck surgery and it is not covered by health insurance. As tummy tuck surgery is an aesthetic operation, state hospitals performing tummy tuck surgery have to make the procedure for a fee. If you also have an umbilical hernia, your insurance company may pay for hernia repair.

Can Other Aesthetic Operations Be Performed Together With Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Other aesthetic operations can be performed together with tummy tuck surgery. However, the procedures to be applied depends on the patient’s needs, age, general health condition, and the combination of aesthetic operations. Liposuction, breast augmentation, breast reduction surgeries can be performed together with tummy tuck surgery.

Is Tummy Tuck Surgery A Difficult Operation?

Since tummy tuck surgery is performed under general anesthesia, you will not feel any pain during the surgery. Special solutions are applied on the incision line, muscular repairing area, and liposuction area during the Tummy tuck surgery therefore the effect of these solutions can continue for a few hours after the operation and patients experience this process without any pain. When the effect of these solutions ends up, intravascular painkillers are given to the patient and the postoperative period becomes quite comfortable.

The pain on the following day can be relieved with simple painkillers taken orally. While the pain threshold varies individually, patients feel tension for the first two days rather than pain, and this condition can be easily relieved with painkillers. According to the reviews of people who have had tummy tuck surgery, no painkillers should berequired 5 or 6 days after the surgery.

Does Scarring Occur After Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Since it is necessary to remove the deformed skin that has lost its elasticity from the abdominal area, there will be a scar in the groin area after a tummy tuck. However, we make a lot of effort to place the scar in a place that can remain invisible after the tummy tuck. Scarring is planned to be hidden inside underwear or bikini.

What Should Be Done Before Tummy Tuck Surgery?

You should avoid using blood thinners for two weeks before and after tummy tucksurgery. Consult your doctor before consuming garlic, vitamin E, alcohol, green tea, omega 3, fish oil, curry powder before and after tummy tuck surgery.

You should not smoke or inhale cigarette smoke of other people for at least 2 weeks before tummy tuck surgery. Those who want to havetummy tucksurgery should take deep breaths at least 4 to 5 times a day for 3 to 4 weeks before surgery. These exercises will help you recover much faster after surgery.

Is Tummy Tuck Surgery Performed Under General Anesthesia?

Tummy tuck surgery is performed under general anesthesia. We do not perform tummy tuck surgery under local anesthesia. It is very clear that tummy tuck surgery cannot be performed under local anesthesia considering the duration of the operation, width of the operation area, and necessity of additional procedures such as diastasis recti repair (muscular repair).

How Long Does Tummy Tuck Surgery Last?

Tummy tuck surgery may take 2-3,5 hours depending on the presence of additional aesthetic operation to be applied in the same session and the patient’s body structure.

Is Hospitalization Required After Tummy Tuck Surgery?

One night of hospitalization is usually necessary after tummy tuck surgery. It will be appropriate for you to stay at the hospital for one night in order to relieve postoperative pain, become more comfortable, and for early detection and prevention of possible complications after the surgery.

Your comfort and safety will be ensured on the first night since your blood rate, blood pressure, fluid intake and output will be taken under control, and serum and analgesic supplements will be given when necessary. Your recovery from anesthesia, your first walk, and your first meal is to be planned carefully by a professional healthcare team. You will be followed up with the visits from your doctor.

Can Liposuction Be Applied With Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Liposuction can be applied together with tummy tuck surgery. Liposuction can be applied to wider areas (waist, love handles, upper abdomen) with the method called Vaser Liposuction. Since VaserLipo is a tissue-respectful method, it does not disrupt the skin nutrition during liposuction. This procedure is called Vaser Tummy Tuck or Vaser Abdominoplasty.

Is It Necessary to Wear Corset After Tummy Tuck Surgery?

We prefer a belt-style comfortable corset application after a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck corset is used to reduce edema and support the abdomen. A tummy tuck corset provides a faster and smoother recovery period and is usually dressed for 2 to 3 weeks after the surgery.

When Are Stitches Removed After Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Since we use dissolvable stitches in tummy tuck surgery, there is no classical stitch removal process. The stitches are removed on the 14th day and the patient returns to his normal life.

How Long Should Sexual Intercourse Be Avoided After Tummy Tuck Surgery?

It is recommended to avoid sexual intercourse for about 1 month after tummy tuck surgery. As the incision will remain near the groin area and genital region after tummy tuck and this area will be tense in the early postoperative period, sexual intercourse after tummy tuck surgery may lead to early complications in this area.

"Diastasis recti repair", which is usually applied concurrent with tummy tuck surgery, can also be damaged by tightening during sexual intercourse after the tummy tuck.

Does Pregnancy Cause Problem After Tummy tuck Surgery?

There is no problem with pregnancy after Tummy tuck. Tummy tuck surgery is not an obstacle to pregnancy. However, it will be more appropriate to plan pregnancy after the surgery if the person is considering pregnancy in the near future.

Is Belly Button Relocated After Tummy Tuck Surgery?

The belly button will be relocated after full tummy tuck surgery. After the excess skin in the lower abdominal area is removed and the upper abdominal area moves downward, a new belly button is created carefully in the place of the old belly button. The location of the belly button will not change in mini tummy tuck surgery.

When Can Patients Do Sports After Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Sports are not recommended in the early period after tummy tuck surgery. Because it may cause a risk because of the postoperative tension in the skin and the tension of internal muscular repair. Patients may be allowed to go to fitness centers after about 1,5-2 months when the scar and muscle recovery will be completed.

Is A Drain Placed In Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Placing a drain during tummy tuck surgery changes depending on the preference of the surgeon.

When Does Abdominal Swelling Disappear After Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Abdominal swelling or abdominal edema, with medical definition, after tummy tuck surgery will completely disappear within a few months. If the swelling in the upper abdomen after tummy tuck surgery increases especially after eating or with the inflation in the abdomen, it may develop as a result of structural weakness in the abdominal muscles or improper diastasis recti repair.

After tummy tuck surgery, we can perform fat removal in the upper abdomen in a safer way with Vaser liposuction. Slimming this area with VaserLipo in tummy tuck surgery also helps the upper abdomen to look flatter.

How Should Patients Eat After Tummy Tuck Surgery?

A diet program should be followed under the supervision of a dietician after tummy tuck surgery. Special diets that are rich in protein in the early period and diets that help break down fats in the later periods increase the success of tummy tuck surgery.

What Are The Risks of Tummy Tuck Surgery?

As in any surgery, there are some risks of tummy tuck surgery. However, modern anesthesia and surgical advances have made tummy tuck surgery a safe and effective procedure. In addition, we give antibiotics to all of my patients before and during surgery in order to prevent infection.

We can recommend vitamin C for three months to help the recovery period. By using a careful surgical procedure that creates the least tension on the skin as possible, we are trying to provide a smooth recovery and minimal scarring. Despite all these precautions, some complications may develop. Possible risks of Tummy tuck surgery are:

  • Bleeding,
  • Infection,
  • Vascular clots,
  • Skin necrosis,
  • Large scar.

For the vast majority of patients, this operation goes smoothly and gives good results.

When Can I Return Work After Tummy Tuck Surgery?

You can return to your desk job at the end of the second week after a tummy tuck. Three weeks after the operation, you can completely go back to work which requires serious workforce. Those with young children may need to have someone with them in the early period after the surgery for looking after children and doing housework.

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Assoc. Prof. Tarık ÇAVUŞOĞLUPlastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery Specialist

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