Abdominoplasty / Tummy tuck

Treatment information

If the skin of the abdominal area is loose, often after pregnancy or a significant weight loss, it can be tightened with an abdominoplasty. This operation is also known as a tummy tuck.

Generally about the treatment

By tightening the skin of the abdominal area and removing any excess skin, abdominoplasty will enable you to achieve a flatter and more attractive looking stomach.

By undergoing an abdominoplasty, you can experience a huge cosmetic improvement in the appearance of the abdomen. However it's important to highlight, that this kind of surgery will leave a big scar, although the impact of this can be minimised.

This procedure can be performed singularly or in combination with liposuction.

Suitability

The best candidates for this type of surgery are both men and women over the age of 18, in relatively good health and having large fat deposits or sagging or loose skin around the abdominal area.

Pregnancy or extreme weight loss will often result in excess skin of the stomach. In this situation, abdominoplasty could be the solution.

For the same reason, women, who plan pregnancy, as well as people, who are contemplating a considerable weight loss, are advised to wait with having abdominoplasty.




The procedure

Abdominoplasty is described as a major form of plastic surgery, and there are several approaches for carrying out the procedure. Most commonly, a surgeon will start by making a long incision from hip bone to hip bone.

Then another incision will be made around the navel in order to free it from the surrounding tissue. With a "minor" abdominoplasty, the first incision won't be quite as long, and the second incision around the navel will not be necessary.

Subsequently, the loose and excess skin is removed along with fat from the abdominal area (mid and lower region). The abdominal muscles are then tightened, and the skin is sewn together.

The operation takes 2-5 hours depending on the extent of the procedure. With a "minor" abdominoplasty, it can take 1-2 hours.


Anaesthesia

The operation normally takes place under general anaesthesia and under hospitalisation.

Side-effects

Temporary pains, swelling, soreness, numbness of the skin, effusion of blood (bruising), feeling of tiredness for several weeks or months.

Risk of complications

Blood clots, infections, bleeding, poor result of healing, and thereby potential risk of further surgery.

There is a risk of side effects from the anaesthetic used, along with bleeding, poor wound healing, a poor cosmetic result, and blood accumulation.

No form of surgery is risk free, although severe complications are very rare.

Healing and recovery

Work can be resumed after 2-4 weeks. As a general rule, the patient should avoid heavy lifting, strenuous exercise, and sports, as well as sex, for up to 6 weeks. The big scar, which incurs after the surgery, will become less visible after approx. 3 months. In some cases, this can take up to 2 years.

Duration of the result

After an abdominoplasty, the abdomen will preserve its appearance for many years, unless excess weight is gained, or you have your skin stretched again through pregnancy.

The operation will leave visible scars, but in most cases the underwear will cover them. The scars will become less visible over time.