Abdomen is an area of aesthetic importance that occupies a prominent place in the external appearance of the human being. After birth or after excessive weight loss cracks, abdominal muscles as a result of anatomical loosening of the fullness and sagging of the abdominal region may occur. Abdominal lifting is an operation that involves removing the excess skin and fat tissue in the middle and lower abdomen region and tensioning the abdominal wall muscles. After abdominal lifting, the physical appearance of the person improves, self-confidence increases and a significant improvement in quality of life occurs. The most suitable candidates for abdominal lifting are women whose abdominal skin and abdominal muscles are deformed so that they cannot return to normal after pregnancy and childbirth. However, this operation is recommended for men and women who have good shape and have abdominal fat excess and skin laxity that cannot be removed by diet or exercise. Not only in the middle age group, but also in older people, this surgery gives good results.
It is not true to see abdominal lifting as a cosmetic operation. Abundance of the skin-subcutaneous tissue in the abdomen will also cause asymmetrically excessive burden on the spine and may even cause lumbar hernia in the long term. Freeing the body from this unnecessary burden with tummy tuck surgery will significantly improve a person’s quality of life.
People who are on a diet and who are planning to lose weight should postpone abdominal lifting after the slimming process. Previous abdominal lifting is not an obstacle for a new pregnancy. However, one year is recommended after surgery. As a result, it is recommended that women planning pregnancy shortly after the surgery should leave this operation until pregnancy.
It should be known that people who want to have abdominal lifting are risky to smoke too much. It is recommended to stop smoking at least 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after the operation.
Abdominal lifting is performed in two ways. Mini abdominal lifting is performed only in patients with cracks and slight sagging in the lower abdomen. Total abdominal lifting is performed for people with severe fractures and significant sagging in the abdominal region.
Total abdominal lifting is performed under general anesthesia in a full-fledged hospital and is an average of 1.5-2 hours. Patients are given sedative drugs before surgery. The surgery is planned in a horizontal plane so that the scar remains in the underwear or swimsuit. After surgery, a temporary drain is placed to discharge excess fluid that may be collected in that area. Hospital care is required for 1-2 days according to the general condition of the patient. No stitching is required.
Mini abdominal lifting surgery is performed under general anesthesia in hospital conditions and it is an operation that lasts approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. The use of drains after surgery is usually not required and may even be discharged on the same day.
The patient can stand up and start walking on the day after surgery with the help of an attendant. In the following days, he can walk without help but with heavy movements. In the first week, the patient is advised to stay away from movements that will put a load on the abdomen. If the person feels well, office work can be started after 7-10 days of home rest. Corset or bandage is required for the first 2 weeks. Sports and exercise activities can be started gradually after 1 month. Since mini abdominal lifting is applied to a smaller area, the recovery period is shorter and more comfortable.
The surgery is planned in a horizontal plane so that the scar remains in the underwear or swimsuit. Although these traces disturb the person for the first 3-6 months in appearance, they diminish wither within a year. Bad traces due to unwanted tension can be corrected by revision under local anesthesia. In addition to abdominal lifting, liposuction-fat removal or waist-slimming surgery can also be used in combination.