Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
WHAT IS ABDOMINOPLASTY?
The majority of people who opt for a tummy tuck have an excessive amount of saggy skin and fat around the middle that has been caused by weight gain, massive weight loss or pregnancy.
Abdominoplasty is performed in order to remove an excess of lax skin, fat and subcutaneous tissue. Also the tummy tuck procedure improves the tension of abdominal skin and tightness of the muscles of the abdomen.
The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia. The abdominal wall is tightened by corrugating the straight muscles of the abdomen. After the operation the tension is improved and the abdomens flattened, however, lower abdominal scarring and a circular scar around the navel may remain. Most often this surgery is combined with liposuction which enables the removal of any excessive fatty tissue from the sides and the upper part of the abdomen.
The best candidates for abdominoplasty are men or women who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose skin. The surgery is particularly helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies have stretched their abdomen and wish it to return to normal.
The tummy tuck can also tighten the muscles of the abdomen wall, which leaves patients with a tighter, flatter stomach and slimmer waist.
WHAT ABOUT RECOVERY?
After the first day of convalescence patients should feel able to walk with assistance. For 2-3 days after the surgery the patient should rest with their hip joints slightly bent, dressed with a soft elastic dressing.
WHAT ABOUT CONVALESCENCE?
It is advised that patients do not resume work for about 10-14 days after the operation. It is recommended that elastic garments are worn to support the surgical area for a period of two months after the surgery. A 5 day stay in Serbia post procedure is recommended…