Tummy tuck – abdominoplasty
Many people strive for a timeless, well-shaped body. With increasing age, however, the skin sags not only on the face but also on the rest of the body. Loose and excess skin, especially on the stomach, upper arms and thighs, cannot be reduced by diet or exercise. Women with weak connective tissue or people who have lost a lot of weight are particularly affected.
In these cases, surgical removal of the excess tissue is often the only possible correction. If, in addition to the excess skin, there are also fat deposits, a combination with liposuction is possible for an optimal aesthetic result. The operations improve the contour and harmony of the body. However, they cannot replace weight loss if you are overweight.
- When is the optimal time for a tummy tuck?
- How does the tummy tuck work?
- What can be expected after the operation?
- More questions about tummy tucks?
- What do you have to consider before and after the operation?
When is the optimal time for a tummy tuck?
We achieve the aesthetically best and most long-lasting result when the patient has reached their desired weight at the time of the operation. If a lot of weight is lost after the operation, the skin begins to sag again. For patients who want to lose weight anyway, we recommend getting as close as possible to their target weight before the operation and maintaining it after the operation.
How does the tummy tuck work?
First of all, you will be thoroughly examined in a detailed personal consultation, allowing us to provide you with all information pertaining to surgery and postoperative expectations associated with your individualized body contouring surgery plan.
With a tummy tuck, all the tissue between the pubic mound and the navel is removed under general anesthesia. The scar is placed so that it is covered by the underwear or bikini bottoms. We also perform an additional internal tightening on abdominal muscles that have diverged widely. In any case, one or more wound drains are inserted to prevent the accumulation of blood or tissue fluid in the wound. At the end of the operation, specially measured compression clothing is put on. In this way, wound healing and scarring can be optimized. A tummy tuck is part of a mommy makeover procedure in combination with a breast lift.
What can be expected after the operation?
Depending on the extent of the correction, treatment can be carried out on an outpatient or inpatient basis. Most of the time, there is only minor pain that can be treated well with mild pain relievers. The compression clothing is worn day and night for 6 weeks. In the first 2–3 weeks, no exercise should be done in order not to endanger optimal wound healing and scarring. The sutures are pulled after 2–3 weeks. The wounds are usually completely healed by this point. Special post-treatment scar creams can be used as needed. After 6 months, the scars will have faded and are often almost invisible.
More questions about tummy tucks?
If you have any further questions, please arrange a personal consultation in my practice in Cham. You can reach us by either phone or email. We look forward to meeting you!
|Duration:||1 – 2 hours|
|Clinic stay:||1 – 2 nights inpatient|
|Downtime:||1 – 2 weeks; for heavy physical activity, 4 – 6 weeks|
|Suture pulling:||14 – 20 days|
|Sociable:||1 – 3 days|
|Sport:||After approx. 6 weeks|