Abdominoplasty is a tummy tuck surgery that allows you to remove excess skin in the abdomen and waist, correct the silhouette, and solve the diastasis problem (divergence of the abdominal muscles).
Tummy tuck in EMC achieves a tightened abdomen with a strong muscle corset, with a naturally and anatomically correctly positioned navel, with a defined waist line and beautiful contours.
Indications for tummy tuck
The main aim of abdominoplasty is to remove excess skin, create balanced body contours, and restore the anterior abdominal wall.
Indications for abdominoplasty:
apron belly, loose skin on the abdomen (as a result of weight loss, age-related changes, pregnancy and childbirth);
stretching of the abdominal muscles, which can lead to the drop of internal organs;
stretch marks (striae) on the abdomen;
unaesthetic postoperative abdominal scars;
diastasis (divergence of the abdominal muscles).
Abdominoplasty after childbirth
Most often, women seek for the tummy tuck after pregnancy and childbirth.
During pregnancy, the skin on the stomach often loses its elasticity, which subsequently leads to the formation of numerous stretch marks, as well as belly apron - overhanging folds of skin on the stomach.
Abdominoplasty allows to recreate the natural contours of the body, remove excess skin, eliminate stretch marks, restore the muscle corset, and make the stomach attractive again.
Methods of tummy tuck
The technique of the operation depends on the indications and can be performed in different variants:
The operation is performed when it is necessary to remove significant amounts of excess skin, correct the waist line and the location of the navel, eliminate diastasis (muscle divergence). This type of plasty allows you to effectively get the stomach in shape, reducing up to 70 cm of excess tissue. The cosmetic suture is located below the line of underwear and is invisible to others.
It is considered less traumatic and is performed when it is necessary to tighten the skin in the lower abdomen without transferring the navel. When performing partial plastic surgery of the abdomen, the suture is also located below the line of underwear and also remains invisible to others.
This type of abdominoplasty will not help to get rid of the belly apron and is indicated only in case of a slight weakening of the abdomen tone and light divergence of the abdominal muscles. This type of plastic surgery is performed without incisions, the intervention occurs through small punctures (2-3 cm), leaving no signs of the operation.
The procedure can be performed in combination with liposuction (removal of local fat deposits), if necessary.
The choice of the final technique of tummy tuck is determined by the surgeon during face-to-face consultation.
Abdominal plastic surgery
The operation itself can be divided into the following steps:
Preparation for abdominoplasty
It includes an obligatory medical examination (blood, urine and sugar levels and an anesthesiologist consultation), which you can undergo at the EMC clinic.
Among the mandatory recommendations of the surgeon is the restriction of solid and heavy food for 1-3 days before surgery. It is not allowed to take medications containing aspirin 10 days before the operation. On the eve of the operation, you should take a bath in the evening.
It is necessary to give up smoking 10 days before the operation and refrain from smoking for 3-4 weeks afterwards.
Visit to the clinic on the day of surgery and the operation itself
The absence of infections and cold at the time of surgery is mandatory. The operation is performed on an empty stomach (use no more than ½ cup of water for brushing your teeth and cleaning of the oral cavity). The operation can last up to 5 hours, depending on the complexity of the case.
After abdominal plastic surgery, the patient puts on a special bandage, which must be worn until the end of the rehabilitation period (from 4-6 weeks to 2-3 months according to indications).
The patient stays in a semi-sitting position in bed, bed rest is recommended on the first day, you can get up the next day after abdominoplasty.
The EMC hospital offers single and double rooms, equipped with everything necessary for the patients. Meals during your stay in the hospital EMC take into account your personal food preferences, but must be agreed with the doctor.
Medical staff works round the clock, the opportunity to visit relatives is provided without any time limits 24/7.
The rehabilitation period at home
After discharge from the hospital, the patient goes home. During first days malaise is possible, as well as a slight increase in body temperature. The doctor also prescribes painkillers, if indicated.
Within a month, the patient is under the most accurate supervision of the EMC doctor who promptly responds to any questions and ailments of the patient. The doctor removes the sutures 10-12 days after the plastic surgery, monitors the condition of the suture, gives detailed recommendations on the regimen and the necessary rehabilitation measures.
In the first 2-3 weeks, the patient may experience general weakness, swelling of the tissues, pain during movement, which gradually disappear completely 2-3 months after the operation. A slight change in sensitivity remains in the seam area for a long time. With this regard, you must not use a hot-water bottle, take a hot shower or bath during the rehabilitation period. It is also recommended to avoid direct sunlight and tanning.
Contraindications for surgery
Chronic diseases, bleeding disorders and thrombophlebitis are contraindications to tummy tuck. Individual contraindications may be evaluated in a personal consultation with a doctor.
Frequently Asked Questions
What tests must be performed before abdominoplasty?
Before the operation, you need to pass a list of tests prescribed by the doctor, which includes general blood test with white blood cell differential, general urine test, electrocardiogram (ECG), and chest x-ray.
How long does edema last after abdominoplasty?
On average, edema lasts about a month after abdominal plastic surgery.
How long is it recommended to wear a bandage after abdominoplasty?
It is necessary to wear compression hosiery within a month after the operation. The doctor will give individual recommendations on further wearing of the bandage during personal postoperative consultations.
When can I give birth after abdominoplasty?
After abdominoplasty, patients can become pregnant no earlier than a year after surgery.