Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Abdominoplasty can be useful for women and men who suffer from fat and skin excess in their abdominal area, looseness of the abdominal wall, or an apron-shaped area. This kind of shape can be genetically determined, but more often it is caused by weight increase or pregnancy. Abdominoplasty is used to remove the excess fat and skin, and to strengthen the muscles of the abdominal wall.
– Will be systematically and completely prepared for the operation;
– Will be assisted in hastening your recovery after the operation;
– Will additionally accomplish your body building;
– Will achieve your new skin shape after the operation;
– Will be helped to maintain the desired results after the plastic surgery.
Am I a good candidate for this operation?
During the consultation, you will tell the plastic surgeon about what results you would like to see and what you would like to change. It will help him/her understand, summarize your desires, and consider if the operation suits you.
We recommend this operation if:
– You have too much excessive abdominal skin;
– You have excess fat and skin with or without looseness of abdominal wall.
Why do you need a consultation?
During the consultation, the plastic surgeon will examine your abdominal wall, the elasticity of the skin, and the subcutaneous fat tissue. You should tell the doctor if you have had any other operations in the area of the abdominal wall, for example, an abdominal hernia operation. You should also warn the doctor if you are planning to lose weight, because you will also diminish abdominal fat while losing weight and excess skin will increase. The operation should be planned after weight stabilization.
The plastic surgeon will inform you about all the advantages and disadvantages of the operation. You will consider the desired shape of your body together.
You should also mention what medications you take, past operations, or if you have abnormal blood pressure or other diseases, for example, diabetes mellitus or thyroid pathology. You should not forget to talk about taking any drugs, which can diminish blood coagulation, and any allergies.
Does this operation require any special preparation?
You should lower the number of cigarettes if you smoke. It is also recommended that you not use Aspirin or other drugs that might diminish blood coagulation.
How is this operation performed?
The operation is performed under general anesthesia. The duration is 2-4 hours. The extent of operation varies upon individual needs.
During this operation, excess fat and skin is removed, and the navel is moved to a new place. Abdominal muscles are strengthened if needed. We will advise you to stay under the observation of specialists for 2-5 days in the GK Clinic.
Are there different techniques of abdominoplasty?
There are many different operations techniques, depending on the individual case. If the excess of fat and skin is located below the navel, a “mini” operation is performed, and the navel is left at its previous location.
Sometimes, to achieve the desired results abdominoplasty is combined with liposuction. The plastic surgeon will individually select the best suitable operation technique for you.
What is the recovery time for abdominoplasty?
You are usually able to go back to work in one week. Hard physical work and sports are not recommended for 4-6 weeks. The plastic surgeon will fit you a special bandage- corset, which should be worn for approximately 6 weeks after the operation.
After abdominoplasty, the surgeon will select an individual complex body and abdomen-contouring plan at the GK Clinic Body Contouring Laboratory. There, modern and complex technologies:
– Will help and hasten recovery after the operation;
– Will additionally help accomplish your body building goals;
– Will help your skin achieve its new shape after the operation;
– Will help to maintain the desired results after the plastic surgery.
All these procedures will help you get the desired results faster, and maintain the results of the operation.
Are the scars easily observed?
The scars are located in the bikini zone and in the depression around the navel. Special procedures are recommended right after the operation. Laser correction may be applied if needed after one year.
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