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Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty, also known as a "tummy tuck," is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of excess fat and skin from the abdomen, as well as the tightening of the muscles in the abdominal wall. The procedure is often performed to improve the appearance of the abdomen and to achieve a flatter, more toned appearance.

There are several different types of abdominoplasty, including a full tummy tuck, a mini tummy tuck, and an extended tummy tuck. The specific technique used will depend on the individual patient's needs and goals.

During the procedure, the surgeon will make an incision in the lower abdomen, just above the pubic area. Through this incision, the surgeon will remove excess fat and skin, and tighten the muscles in the abdominal wall. The surgeon will then close the incision using sutures or staples.

Abdominoplasty is usually performed under general anesthesia and takes several hours to complete. After the procedure, patients may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort, which can be managed with pain medication. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities within a few weeks, although it may take several months for the swelling to fully resolve and for the final results to be visible.

It's important to note that abdominoplasty is not a substitute for weight loss or a healthy lifestyle. It is most effective for individuals who are already close to their ideal body weight but have excess skin or muscles in the abdominal area. It's important to have realistic expectations about the procedure and to discuss them with a qualified plastic surgeon before making a decision.

Everybody likes to be in good shape. For that, we go to the gym, have low calory diets, and more. But, being overweight might not be the only reason you do not look fit. For instance, after some surgical procedures like the C-section, you may not like the shape of your abdomen. In cases like that, another plastic surgery, tummy tuck, also known as “Abdominoplasty” can help you.

During a tummy tuck surgical procedure, the surgeon removes fat and excess skin. In that way, the fascia becomes tightened and looks better. In like any other operation there are some points you should know about tummy tuck. Before having a tummy tuck, you should speak about the risk and benefits to your surgeon.

In this article, we will talk about tummy tuck. For instance, who is a good candidate for this procedure? You will also learn the risks and benefits of having a tummy tuck. Finally, you will be informed about the recovery period of a tummy tuck.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

A tummy tuck, or “Abdominoplasty” is a common aesthetic surgical stomach tuck procedure. It makes you look, fitter, although it is not a weight-loss surgery like liposuction. In tummy tuck surgery, the surgeon aims to improve the shape and look of the abdomen. People consider having tummy tuck surgery for different reasons. Pregnancy, fast weight loss, and having a C-section are among these reasons. Aging and body type can be other reasons for having a tummy tuck. 

Before having a tummy tuck, you will be given a list of dos and donts:

  • You should stop smoking
  • Avoid certain medication
  • Maintain a stable weight

Tummy tuck surgery usually takes two or three hours; during the procedure, you are under general anesthesia. To avoid any infection risk, the patient is given antibiotics. During a tummy tuck procedure, the surgeon repositions the skin around your belly button after removing excess skin and fat.

Who is a Good Candidate For a Tummy Tuck?

You may consider a tummy tuck, if you have excess fat and skin around your belly button or your lower abdominal wall is weakened. You may be a potential candidate for a tummy tuck surgical procedure if you have significant weight changes. Your lower abdominal wall might be weakened after pregnancy or a C-section, then you may consider a tummy tuck to look better. Reasons like aging and body type can also make you a natural candidate for a tummy tuck surgery.

On the other hand, a tummy tuck is only suggested for some. If you;

  • have a heart disease
  • are a smoker
  • consider a pregnancy
  • have diabetes
  • have a body mass index of more than 30;

you should not have a Tummy Tuck surgery.

What Are The Risks and Complications of A Tummy Tuck?

Before having a body contouring procedure like a tummy tuck, you should remember that a tummy tuck is a surgery, and like any other surgery, it has some risks like bleeding, infection, or reaction to anesthesia. When you visit your surgeon for the first time, they will tell you about all risks and possible complications. They will also like to know your medical past, your expectations from a tummy tuck surgery, and if you exercise regularly.

Some other risks of a tummy tuck are:

  • Unexpected scarring
  • Changes in skin
  • Tissue damage
  • Poor wound healing
  • Seroma

Benefits of a Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck, which is a lower body lift surgical procedure results in a better look. After having a tummy tuck surgery, your stomach muscles will be repaired and tightened; you will have a much flatter tummy, and the skin tightening around your tummy will be achieved. Your clothes will fit you better and psychologically you will feel much better in your daily life activities and your social environment. One of the best things about having a tummy tuck, its results are usually long-lasting as long as you have a stable weight.

Tummy Tuck offers many cosmetic benefits as cosmetic surgery to people as well as medical ones. For instance;

  • To decrease back pain

Tummy tuck helps in cases like giving birth which causes weakened stomach muscles to result in back pain.

  • To correct a ventral hernia

Tummy tuck helps to reduce pressure on the stomach.

  • To improve posture

After having a tummy tuck surgery, your spine is supported more as your muscles are tightened. 

Recovery from a Tummy Tuck

The recovery time of a tummy tuck is short. Returning to work after a tummy tuck surgery usually takes four to six weeks. During that time, you should do exercises regularly. Driving is not allowed for the first few weeks. After six weeks, you may see the full effects of a tummy tuck. Your surgeon will ask you to wear a special corset or similar clothes to control your tummy. After six weeks after your tummy tuck operation, you will be able to back to normal daily life activities. After a tummy tuck, you will have some scars on your belly but with treatments like skin ointments and scar revision surgery, they will reduce or disappear.

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Opr. Dr. Cenk Melikoğlu Operating Doctor Cenk Melikoğlu was born in Görele, in 1978. In 2002, he graduated from Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Medicine. Between the years of 2003 and 2010, he did his specialization in İzmir Atatürk Training and Research Hospital, Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery Clinic. In 2015, he worked as a guest lecturer in the American Hospital of Paris. When abroad, he especially focused on the transfer of free vascular lymph nodes for lymphedema treatment, in the field of microsurgery. He participated in numerous training and meetings in this area. There are more than 30 articles in the literature, which were published in national and international journals. Since 2016, he has been working in İzmir Özel Ekol ENT Hospital in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Cosmology Clinic. He speaks English well. He is married and has one child. His special interests are; Breast Aesthetics & Dual-Plan Method, Aesthetic nose surgery, Lymphedema surgery, Endoscopic facial stretching, Aesthetic body shaping surgery (abdominal stretching, liposuction, aesthetic breast surgery), Hair transplantation with FUE method, Migraine surgery, Gynecomastia correction, Genital aesthetics (especially penis enlargement), Lymphedema Treatment (Laser Assisted, With Microcannula Lymph Protective Method), Penis Enlargement (Length & Thickness Combined Method), Migraine Surgery (Closed Method with Scopy). He was entitled to receive the "Proficiency Certificate" by being successful in the examination, which was held by the Turkish Plastic Surgery Association in 2010. In 2015, he participated in a scientific competition by Gülhane Military Medical Academy with his study 'Saddle-nose deformity repair with micro-plate-adapted costal cartilage.’ He has won the first place in the field of surgical medicine. In 2018, he worked at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago, USA for three months in April, May and June on advanced techniques on gender reassignment and penis enlargement in men. He is still continuing his academic and scientific studies.
Opr. Dr. Arif Aydın He graduated from Eskişehir Osmangazi University Faculty of Medicine in 2008. He studied at Kaunas Medical Faculty between the years 2007 and 2008. He completed his specialization on Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery Department at Afyon Kocatepe University between the years 2009 and 2014. He has 5 original articles published in national and international scientific journals, and 13 verbal and written academic papers presented in national congresses. He continues the academic studies. He received the competence certificate of Turkish Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery after his success in the exam in 2016. He did well in European Plastic Surgery Competence Written Exam that took place in Brussels in 2019. Fields of Interest: Rhinoplasty Neck lift surgery, Face lift Surgery, Otoplasty, Tummy tuck, Liposuction, Breast augmentation / reduction / mastopexy, Gynecomastia, Genital aesthetics, Blepharoplasty, Lipoedema surgery, Penis enlargement (lengthening and thickening surgery), Fat injections 
Opr. Dr. Serkan Süleyman Aslan He graduated from Dokuz Eylul University Faculty of Medicine in 1995. Between 2001 and 2007, he received his specialty training in the Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, İnönü University. He has 20 original articles published in domestic and foreign scientific journals, and 18 written and oral presentations presented in national and international congresses. He is a member of Izmir Medical Chamber and Aegean Region Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery Association. Married and father of one child, Opr. Dr. Serkan Süleyman Aslan has a good command of English. Areas of interest: Rhinoplasty Eyelid aesthetic Facial rejuvenation (face-neck lift) prominent ear Breast aesthetics (enlargement, reduction, lift) Correction of gynecomastia Tummy tuck Arm - Thigh stretch genital aesthetics Liposuction (fat removal) Fat injections Body shaping (Hip aesthetic, BBL) Minimal aesthetic applications (filler-rope hanger- neurotoxin) Fractional laser applications Skin Tumors Facial Traumas Penis Enlargement Lengthening and Thickening (Combined Method) Gender Reassignment Surgeries
Opr. Dr. Süleyman Çakmak He was born in 1990 in Isparta. He studied at Ankara University Faculty of Medicine between 2008-2015. Between 2016 and 2022, he graduated from Dokuz Eylül Faculty of Medicine, Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. He worked at Izmir Bozyaka EAH, Düzce Atatürk DH and Isparta City Hospital. He is a member of Izmir Medical Chamber and Plastic Surgery Association. Fields of Interest: Rhinoplasty Neck lift surgery, Face lift Surgery, Otoplasty, Tummy tuck, Liposuction, Breast augmentation / reduction / mastopexy, Gynecomastia, Genital aesthetics, Blepharoplasty, Lipoedema surgery, Penis enlargement (lengthening and thickening surgery), Fat injections 

Frequently Asked Questions

Candidates for a tummy tuck are typically in good overall health and have excess skin and fat in the abdominal area that does not respond to diet and exercise. The procedure is often recommended for individuals who have undergone significant weight loss or who have stretched or sagging skin as a result of pregnancy.
Recovery time after a tummy tuck can vary depending on the individual and the extent of the procedure. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities within a few weeks, although it may take several months for the final results to be fully visible. It is important to follow the instructions of the surgeon and to avoid strenuous activity during the recovery period.
A tummy tuck can help to remove excess skin and tighten the abdominal muscles, which may improve the appearance of stretch marks. However, the procedure is not specifically designed to address stretch marks, and it may not completely eliminate them.
The appearance of the scar will depend on various factors, including the individual's skin type, the technique used by the surgeon, and the patient's own healing process. Some people may be more prone to scarring than others, and certain factors, such as sun exposure and smoking, can affect the appearance of the scar. In general, scars tend to be more noticeable in the first few months after surgery, but they will fade and become less noticeable over time. Many patients find that the benefits of the procedure outweigh any concerns about scarring. It is important to discuss the potential for scarring with your surgeon before undergoing a tummy tuck.
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