Abdominoplasty, also known as Tummy Tuck, is a surgical procedure performed to remove excessive fat and skin in the abdomen, and to tighten muscles in the abdominal wall. Both men and women in good general health can undergo abdominoplasty surgery. After the surgery, a flatter and firmer appearance is achieved. It is an especially excellent treatment for people who were once obese and for women who had multiple pregnancies.Learn More
It is not hard to be eligible for an abdominoplasty. If you are reading this, you are probably a candidate!
If you are in good general health, you can have an abdominoplasty. The procedure is suitable for both men and women. Abdominoplasty is not a weight-loss procedure. To be eligible, you need to have a stable weight.
If there are resistant fat deposits, if you have stretched abdominal muscles and skin, you may be a good candidate for this surgery. If you had multiple pregnancies and these have negatively affected your muscles and skin, or if you were once obese and now have loose skin and excessive fat deposits in your abdomen, the abdominoplasty may be an excellent treatment for you.
The outcomes of abdominoplasty can be analyzed in two main categories: aesthetical and psychological.
You’ll have a flatter and firmer abdomen. You’ll have a fitter and younger appearance. Also, stretch marks that are located on the areas of excess skin may be removed or improved. You will get rid of sagging, stretched skin and local fat deposits that are not responding to exercise and diet. Your surgeon will also tighten the muscles in your abdominal wall.
The psychological outcomes of the procedure are as important as the physical ones. For most people, sagging or deformed appearance of the abdomen is a serious concern. Therefore, strong psychological benefits are expected. You will start to love your body more. Your self-confidence will be boosted.
For a few days after the surgery, there will be drains that are placed under the skin to drain excess fluid or blood.*3 These will stay for a few days. There will also be bandages and special garments. Don’t forget to take a photo of you, before the bandages are removed. People like these photos in social media! The first days after the surgery, you will experience some pain, discomfort, and bruises. Pain and discomfort will improve after a few days. Until then, pain can be successfully controlled by pain medication. You will also take antibiotics and anticoagulants. Gentle walking is safe and recommended.
Swelling and bruises will gradually disappear. You need at least 2 weeks before returning to work. However, this period may vary depending on the patient, and the patient’s working conditions. After four to six weeks, you can return to strenuous exercise and demanding physical activities. A few months after the surgery, your recovery will be completed. During your whole recovery period, your surgeon and Clineca will inform you and guide you.
A wellbeing assistant will visit you in your hotel room every day during the first week after the surgery. We will expect you to be in our clinic for your post-op examination 1 week after the surgery, before you leave Istanbul. We will still follow your recovery process while you are away. Clineca will provide you with complete support and inform you about everything you need to know during your recovery. We will be with you from your consultation to the very end of your recovery.
“Abdominoplasty is a great treatment for suitable patients. Genetics, gaining, weigh gaining and losing, aging, and other factors unfortunately affect the abdominal region. But getting rid of the problems gives you your self-confidence back.”
During your online consultation, your surgeon will ask you questions about your medical history. They will also conduct a physical examination. They will inform you about everything you need to know before the surgery. Clineca will provide you with complete guidance and support before your surgery. You will have a complete and detailed list of instructions.
Most important instructions include,
What you need to do after the surgery will be explained to you in detail by your surgeon and Clineca will provide you with all the support and guidance you need. Most important instructions include:
"Abdominoplasty has several methods targeting different problems. We will determine the best approach for you considering your needs and wishes."
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4. International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. (2022). International Survey On Aesthetic/Cosmetic Procedures Performed in 2020. May 31, 2022. https://www.isaps.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/ISAPS-Global-Survey_2020.pdf