Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
In some cases, abdominal wall tightening and liposuction can be done at the same time. A diet beforehand can be helpful and improve the result clearly.
A puckering or sagging belly occurs often after weight-reduction or abdominal wall weakening (e.g. pregnancy) and especially during the summer months an aesthetic disturbing factor and may influence self-confidence. In this case, it is reasonable and makes sense to have an abdominal wall tightening.
The operation is done under general anesthetic. Above the pubic hairline, a “w-form” incision is made, the abdominal skin above the muscle is detached and tightening if need be as far as the ribcage, surplus skin is removed and a weak abdominal muscle additionally tightened with sutures.
After the operation bedrest is absolutely necessary with slightly angled legs to avoid tension on the sutures. Getting up for the first time to much tension on the abdominal wall is to be avoided.
After hospitalization of about 3-4 days, you should wear compression pants for about 6-8 weeks and avoid physical strain. Complications are seldom. A feeling of tension will ease off after a little time.
Required are laboratory test for local and general anesthesia.
Smoking reduced to maximal 5 cigarettes daily, 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after the operation.
Pain during bedrest seldom but can be controlled easily.
Sutures or clips are removed about 2 weeks post-op. Hospital stays 4-5 days.
Compression dressing for 4-6 weeks.
Sport and physical strain are to be avoided for 3-4 months.