What Is Tummy Tuck?
How Is Tummy Tuck Performed?
Tummy tuck surgery is divided into two separate options. One is called a full tummy tuck operation, while the other is called a mini tummy tuck operation. As the name of the operation suggests, the area subject to full tummy tuck surgery is the entire abdominal area, while mini tummy tuck surgery is performed in cases where the application area is small. A Mini tummy tuck is completed in an average of 1-1.5 hours, while a full tummy tuck operation can take 3 – 3.5 hours. Before the intervention, which begins by giving the patient sedation and anesthetic drugs, it is drawn by determining the area where the skin will be removed. Excess is determined in areas where there are fats. Usually, excess parts of the sagging and cracked skin are removed from the area where the caesarean section mark is located, up to the navel. Then the excess skin on the upper side of the belly button is pulled down and stretched. At this stage, the belly button will slightly change position, so the belly button is re-drawn to the appropriate position.
In addition to the problem of excess skin and sagging, if excess fat is present, it is taken using one of the methods of Liposuction techniques. Laser or Vaser Liposuction methods are easier for both the patient and the doctor. Moreover, the recovery time is shorter. Loosened skin and muscle groups are re-compressed through the Collector stitches located in the abdominal wall area and delivered to their former hardness. All stitches removed before surgery are closed by aesthetic sewing technique, preventing the formation of bad-looking surgical scars. Abdominal sagging, abdominal skin sagging, abdominal skin relaxation and cracked images are also completely removed with tummy tuck operations. But it should be known that if you become pregnant again after the tummy tuck stage, or if you experience rapid weight gain and loss, you will experience relaxation and sagging in the abdomen again. The patient who remains in the hospital for 1 or 2 days after the end of the operation is discharged and sent home.
TYPES OF TUMMY TUCK SURGERY
- Full Tummy Tuck
The Full Tummy Tuck procedure is intended to improve both the upper and lower abdomen.
- Mini Tummy Tuck
Making a short horizontal incision between the hipbones, removing extra skin, and tightening the lower abdominal muscles.
- Extended Tummy Tuck
Removing a large amount of superfluous skin from their upper and lower belly and flanks which may weigh several pounds.
- Fleur-De-Lis Tummy Tuck
The Fleur de Lis stomach tuck is intended to remove excessive skin from the entire waist. This surgery includes a horizontal incision, similar to a typical tummy tuck, as well as a vertical incision up the middle of the stomach.
- Drainless Tummy Tuck
A drainless stomach tuck combines liposuction with a standard tummy tuck through the use of a multilayer suturing technique that removes the need for postsurgical drainage.
- Tummy Tuck with Liposuction
Combining Liposuction with a Tummy Tuck surgery is widespread and can benefit patients who wish to remove any body fat while also reducing loose skin and restoring muscle tissue.
- Non-Surgical Tummy Tuck
The procedure used to remove extra pockets of fat on the stomach that cannot be eliminated with exercise or diet.
Tummy Tuck Surgery Risks
As with any operation, complications such as blood or tissue fluid collection under the skin, infection may occur after tummy tuck surgery. The necessary measures are taken during and after surgery to prevent these undesirable conditions. Scar scars gradually decrease after about 1 year. But it is not expected to disappear completely. However, since it is located on the line of the bikini zone, it is not possible to be noticed at first glance from the outside. Complications that can be observed after tummy tuck surgery are rare observed risks, as with almost any surgical operation. Risks such as infection or accumulation of subcutaneous fluid and blood can also occur from time to time in Tummy Tuck operations. In order to prevent these risks, antibiotic treatment and drainage are performed after surgery. After tummy tuck surgery, there may be late healing or poor wound healing at the incision sites from time to time. Especially in people who smoke, this type of risk is likely to occur. Your doctor will make the necessary intervention in this regard.
Recovery Process After Surgery
Tummy tuck surgery is the most important issue that people, who wonder how long it takes to recover, naturally think about when they can return to social life.
In a Mini-abdominal aesthetic, people can return to normal life earlier, while in full tummy tuck operations, they already need to stay in the hospital for the first day or two. They will also be able to start light walks within 3-4 days of the operation. People should be expected to undergo a process of at least one to two weeks in order to fully return to social life.
First, this situation varies from person to person and depending on the size of the operation. People recover on average within a week or two, but are unable to do heavy sports and activities for 6 months after the operation. In addition, people should not stay pregnant for some time after the operation. In general, we can say that a person should not actually gain weight. When all this is paid attention, the healing process passes comfortably and faster. Otherwise, we can say that this process can be a little challenging and painful for people. The answer to