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Tummy tuck



This website is intended to provide you with general information only. This information is not a substitute for advice from your Specialist Plastic Surgeon and does not contain all the known facts about this procedure.

Abdominoplasty, sometimes known as a 'tummy tuck', is designed to help improve the shape and tone of the abdominal region. The procedure involves the removal of excess sagging fat and skin to improve the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports the fat and skin. This procedure can be cosmetic or reconstructive in nature.

The purpose of the tummy tuck procedure is to flatten prominent abdomens, eliminating excess skin and fat, restoring tone to the muscular wall.

Abdominal dermolipectomy, mini abdominoplasty, surgical correction of a fatty, relaxed abdomen, plastic surgery on abdominal muscles.

A flabby, pendulous abdomen with various amounts of fat is often the result of substantial and/or rapid weight loss, pregnancy or, more simply, an unhealthy or sedentary lifestyle and the force of gravity. Abdominal relaxation is a common condition, with tissues that tend to relax excessively causing significant sagging of the cutaneous muscle.

A prominent abdomen can certainly be a source of dissatisfaction for both men and women. It may be the result of excess weight, muscle weakness, pregnancy or loss of skin tone that does not respond to diet or exercise. For those who have lost a significant amount of weight, the only solution to removing excess skin is plastic surgery.

Procedure Details

The tummy tuck procedure will last from 2 hours (mini abdominoplasty or microsurgical abdominal lifting) to 4 hours, depending on the corrections to be made.

The tummy tuck is the plastic surgery procedure for removing excess fat tissue and skin folds in the central and lower part of the abdomen, not so much for weight reduction, but to stretch the abdominal wall and to improve the appearance of a prominent abdomen.

This result cannot be obtained with diet and exercise alone, since this condition is often accompanied by the separation of abdominal muscles and by the weakening of the abdominal wall.

The tummy tuck procedure involves removing excess skin and firming the abdomen by repositioning the muscles. Stretch marks, when possible, are eliminated with the removal of excess skin, showing a marked improvement.

The firming surgery goes through two processes the traditional (abdominal dermolipectomy) and the more innovative (mini-abdominoplasty or microsurgical lifting of the abdomen). The tummy tuck surgery can be combined with liposuction of the abdomen.

Am I a good candidate for fat removal?

Plastic surgeons recommend the tummy tuck procedure for:

  • an abdomen with unsightly folds of skin with a fatty component (shriveled abdomen),
  • a prominent and sagging abdomen ( “apron” belly),
  • a desire for a flat and toned tummy,
  • a soft and flabby abdomen, after one or more pregnancies or following rapid weight loss,
  • relaxation and sagging (diastases) of the muscle and skin structure of the abdomen due to an unhealthy or sedentary lifestyle,
  • your weight is relatively stable and you are not significantly overweight,
  • if you are planning to lose a significant amount of weight or even gain weight (for example, due to pregnancy), this is not the time to undergo tummy tuck,
  • you are a non-smoker, or have stopped smoking.

Recovery

  • in Hospital

Overnight stay at the clinic is required 2 nights, which is already included in the price of your cosmetic surgery package.

  • in Budapest

Required minimum stay in Budapest 10 days after the surgery, recommended is 12-14 days after the surgery.

On the first day after the operation only a water-tea diet is allowed. You should rise slowly out of bed without making any quick movements, and you should get up over side. This means to lie on their side at first and only after this has been accomplished, should you get into a sitting position. The stitches are removed in 10 days after the surgery.

Pain is generally minor and easy to manage with traditional analgesic drugs provided in the clinic and for home use. Even fewer dressing changes are necessary for mini abdominoplasty: the stitches are internal only and the patient is required to wear an abdominal compression garment for 4 weeks, included in the price.

For a traditional tummy tuck, in certain cases, a few drains are recommended, which are removed by the time the patient is discharged, within 24-48 hours. Bed rest for 24-48 hours is required after the tummy tuck procedure. Then you can get up and move around to take small walks. For a few days, the feeling of abdominal tightness will restrict patients to a “bent forward” position, while coughing, sneezing and any other action that causes the abdominal muscles to tighten may be bothersome and mildly painful. It is not recommended to sleep on your abdomen (lying on your stomach) for 2 weeks. During this time patients are asked mainly to rest.

Only non-strenuous household activities are allowed for the first week, then you can gradually increase your usual activities and social interactions in the following two weeks.

Depending on the person’s level of physical fitness before the procedure, they may return to their normal life and work after 2-4 weeks.

If possible (and it is actually recommended) patients can gradually resume physical activity: patients can go back to practicing sports after 3-4 weeks (swimming, yoga, and light sports), while it is preferable to wait 6 weeks before engaging in more intense sports (skiing, tennis, soccer, basketball, sailing, under water fishing).

Patients can go back to driving a car after 2 weeks; sexual activity, travel and work activities after 2 weeks. An appropriate diet and regular physical exercise are important for maintaining the benefits of the procedure over the long-term. It is absolutely necessary to quit smoking for 3-4 weeks after the tummy tuck procedure.
 

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