Abdominoplasty is a cosmetic0 operation for shaping the abdomen. It is applicable for both men and women with sagging skin caused by weight fluctuations and weakened abdominal muscles.
With abdominoplasty, also known as abdominal wall surgery, the abdominal wall muscles are tightened and sagging and deformed skin removed, thus achieving a better-looking abdomen.
Who can Have Abdominoplasty?
It is important to note that abdominoplasty is not a weight loss surgery. It involves shaping the abdominal region and removing existing deformities.
Generally, abdominoplasty is preferred by people who experience saggy skin after weight loss. It can be used to tighten weakened abdominal muscles as a result of weight fluctuations or to remove severe sagging caused by pregnancy.
For abdominoplasty to be performed, the patient must be experiencing a certain level of skin sagging and have a certain fat ratio in his/her body. You can ascertain whether or not abdominoplasty is for you by contacting Clinic Of Turkey professionals free-of-charge.
How is Abdominoplasty Performed?
Today, abdominoplasty is done in two methods. The first method is full abdominoplasty, which is specifically for people experiencing severe sagging, weakened muscle tissue and fat accumulation around the pubic area.
The second is partial abdominoplasty. This is much more suitable for people who have less sagging, who do not have an obvious problem in muscle tissue, but who have excess skin in the belly area.
The main purpose of both operations is to remove excess skin and provide the patient with a fitter-looking abdomen. The main difference between the two surgeries is their scope.
Also known as a full tummy tuck, this operation can take under two hours. This operation involves making a large incision across the lower tummy, removing excess skin and tightening the muscles. Generally, the waist area is also shaped in this operation to obtain a holistic result.
Since abdominoplasty is a comprehensive operation, it has a longer recovery time than partial abdominoplasty. This surgery leaves a stitching scar close to the bikini line.
How is Partial Abdominoplasty Performed?
This operation is performed in the lower tummy, below the belly button. It is an ideal operation for people who want to have a tighter abdominal look with minimal sagging.
In a partial tummy tuck, the area above the belly button is left untouched. For this reason, it is a much more minimal operation than the full abdominoplasty.
Under a general anaesthetic, the skin is separated from the abdominal wall below the belly button without affecting the muscles. Since the incision made here is small, the scar resulting from stitching is hardly an issue for the patient.
Recovery Process After Partial Abdominoplasty
Pain and a feeling of tension in the abdomen may occur, especially in the first days after surgery. The patient would need to get enough rest, most importantly, within the first 4 days after the surgery (this is specifically important for full abdominoplasty). The patient would also have to be mindful of his/her sleeping position to avoid straining the abdomen.
After spending a day under close supervision by the doctor, the patient is discharged. However, the patient will be able to return to normal 7 – 15 days after the operation, depending on the scale of the operation.
The patient is recommended tummy-control pants or a special type of corset to assist in the recovery process. In the first few months after the operation, abdominal exercises and intense sports should be avoided.
Although the recovery process of each patient varies, the flattening and final shaping of the abdomen takes place within 1-2 months. Since the abdominal area will be sensitive during this process, the patient should be more careful while carrying out his/her daily routine.
After postoperative oedema has subsided and the recovery process is complete, the patient ends up with a better-shaped, tight and fit abdomen. You can ascertain whether or not abdominoplasty is for you by contacting our professionals free-of-charge.
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