Abdominoplasty is an operation to tighten the abdominal wall muscles by removing excess skin and fat tissues from the abdomen. During pregnancy, loosening of the muscles surrounding the abdominal wall, sagging, and cracks in the abdominal skin may develop. Although the abdominal wall returns to its original state in some people after birth, most people do not fully return to its original state and looseness continues. In addition, with the advancement of age, fat accumulates in the abdominal region. Although there is a decrease in the amount of fat tissue with the regional thinning methods of doing sports, the looseness in the abdomen may continue.
Things to Consider After Abdominoplasty
Good results can be obtained with mini tummy tuck or liposuction in people who do not have sagging and cracks in the abdominal wall. However, the best method for people with severe skin sagging and abdominal wall laxity is tummy tuck surgery. In tummy tuck surgeries, the scars extend to both sides at the level of the cesarean section scar. The length of the trace depends on the looseness of the abdomen. Extending the permission for the removal of cracks in patients with excessive cracks provides better results. In the first week after tummy tuck surgery, it is recommended to walk by bending down to reduce the load on the suture lines. It is considered normal for some melted fat and body fluids to flow from the suture line after the surgery and to open stitches in small areas. This condition will heal on its own with daily dressing.
Abdominoplasty operations are performed under general anesthesia and take approximately 2.5-3 hours. The patient can usually return home after one day in the hospital. In the surgery, drains are used to drain the blood and fluids accumulated under the abdominal skin. Drains are removed in 2-3 days. The abdomen is usually not sutured from the outside. Thanks to the tapes applied on the suture, dressing is not required. Tapes are usually removed after one month.
It is generally recommended that tummy tuck surgeries be performed after pregnancy and delivery. In the case of pregnancy after tummy tuck surgery, the abdominal wall muscles and skin can still be deformed. It is generally accepted that not getting pregnant for at least 2 years after tummy tuck surgery.
Smoking is one of the most adversely affecting wound healing in tummy tuck surgeries. It is recommended that patients quit smoking preferably 3 weeks before surgery. In the case of not quitting smoking, healing problems in the stretched abdominal skin are common.
The scar of tummy tuck surgeries is permanent. However, it is a trace that can be hidden in underwear. This scar is redder and more prominent, especially in the first months. In a period of 8 months to 1 year, the scar fades and approaches the color of the skin.