Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) – abdominal wall plastic surgery

Plastic surgery of the abdominal wall is a procedure performed in order to obtain a prettier body shape with a more tense, flat belly and better defined waist. It consists in removing the excess of loose or sagging skin of the abdomen, which are most often the residue of pregnancy or large weight loss. It is also possible to change the shape and position of the navel during surgery. This treatment can be combined with fat removal and body shaping.

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    Tummy tuck surgery of the abdominal wall, also called abdominoplasty, is a procedure performed in order to obtain a prettier body shape with a more tense, flat belly and better defined waist. Abdominoplasty surgery consists in removing the excess of loose or sagging skin of the abdomen, which are most often the residue of pregnancy or large weight loss, or because there are scars on your tummy from earlier surgery or an injury.

    It is also possible to change the shape and position of the navel during surgery. In most cases, extended abdominoplasty restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer. This treatment can be combined with fat removal and body shaping. Tummy tuck surgery may make the shape of your tummy look better and firmer by taking away extra fat and skin and tightening your tummy muscles. A tummy tuck cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be treated. Having an abdominoplasty can’t help you lose or control your weight. It also will not stop you from putting weight on in the future, if you do not combine it with diet and exercise. You may not have a completely flat tummy afterwards, so it is also important to have realistic expectations about this surgery.

    The patients will have tummy tuck surgery under general anesthesia as it is a major treatment and you would be required to be in hospital for up to three days after surgery.

    Tummy tuck is one of the most frequently performed abdominoplasty surgeries abroad by patients at KCM who decide to look for this type of procedure overseas. If you consider tummy tuck abroad or tummy tuck in Poland, at KCM we offer this treatment  to our patients, and it is performed by the most established plastic surgeons at our clinic.

    If you decide to have tummy tuck surgery, it’s very important to choose your surgeon carefully. You’ll need to make sure you find someone with the right training and qualifications. Please inform your doctor about all medications you are taking and complaints during your medical consultation. Your surgeon will explain in detail what will happen before, during and after your operation. This is your chance to ask any remaining questions you might have about the surgery. You’ll be asked to sign the consent form.

    All required tests should be performed as prescribed by the physician prior to surgery. It is very important to stop smoking and drinking alcohol before surgery because these substances have a significant negative effect on wound healing. We recommend giving up alcohol and cigarettes for as long as possible before and after the procedure to avoid post operative scars. You should stay on an empty stomach for 6 hours before the procedure.

    Swelling and redness gradually disappear after 2-3 weeks after the procedure. A suitable elastic corset should be worn day and night for six weeks.Your surgeon may ask you to wear compression stockings from the time of your operation until you’re able to move around properly again afterwards. This helps to stop blood clots forming in the veins in your legs. It will allow for proper healing of postoperative wounds. Physical exercises can be performed after 6 weeks. You should avoid doing anything that strains your tummy muscles – roll onto your side to get out of bed.

    During the first weeks after the surgery, avoid physical exertion or heavy lifting, as well as sauna visits, bathing and sunbathing. It is also worth giving up drinking and smoking nicotine-containing products as long as possible. This is important because of the proper healing of wounds after surgery and reducing the likelihood of scars.

    You must not drive, drink alcohol, use machinery for at least 24 hours after you’ve had a general anesthetic. You might experience some numbness because some of your nerves may be cut during a tummy tuck. Nerves heal very slowly, so it often takes months to get better.

    People struggling with comorbidities or other health problems must inform their physician during the first qualification consultation. Before the procedure, perform all medical tests as prescribed by the doctor and follow all recommendations before and after the procedure. Like all types of surgery, a tummy tuck can cause some complications, although they are rare. These may include: an unexpected reaction to the anesthetic, including an allergic reaction, bleeding, getting a blood clot, usually in a vein in your leg, an infection – this may need antibiotics, bleeding under your skin (haematoma) – you may need more surgery to stop the bleeding and drain the area or seroma – a collection of fluid around your wound that may need draining with a needle and syringe.

    What is the difference between plastic surgery of the abdominal wall and the extensive surgery of abdominal macros Fleur de Lis?
    What makes the fleur de lis tummy tuck unique is the shape of the incision and the large amount of skin removed. In a fleur de lis tummy tuck solution, the tummy tuck design only uses an incision to the abdominal part. In this procedure, an eye-shaped flap is removed from the flabby skin of the lower abdomen. While the rest is pulled down for a slimmer and younger aesthetic effect.


    How do I know which type of abdominoplasty is the best for me?
    This is a decision that is made with the Surgeon at the appointment and depends on the amount of skin you have.


    How is the abdominal plastic surgery performed?
    We perform tummy tuck from a 2-day hospitalization, so you will stay one night in the hospital. The procedure is performed under nighttime anesthesia. Based on what the final inspection during the pre-operative check-up, the surgeon will remove excess skin, perform muscle correction and improve the effect by contouring liposuction to make a nice aesthetic effect. A complete fleur de lis tummy tuck surgery takes three to five hours.

    What can I expect from my tummy tuck?
    During the early rehabilitation period, you will have a bandage and specialist compression garments. This will keep the swelling as low as possible. Healing is accompanied by swelling, bruises and skin discoloration. These will begin to fade away within a few days after surgery. Most patients can return to work approximately 10 days after surgery. Bruises and discoloration last up to three weeks. In addition, the swelling will disappear for several months. You will need to avoid strength exercise and weight lifting for about six weeks. Each body heals at its own rate so recovery may vary between patients. However, tummy tuck patients are usually delighted with the results.

    What happens if I get pregnant after the procedure?

    Most of the patients who are planning abdominal plastic surgery are done with family planning. But if you get pregnant after having a tummy tuck, it shouldn’t interfere with the safety of your pregnancy. Depending on whether there will be a cesarean section or not, we can perform a correction or other procedure at a later stage to restore the original results.

    About the procedure

    Tummy tuck surgery of the abdominal wall, also called abdominoplasty, is a procedure performed in order to obtain a prettier body shape with a more tense, flat belly and better defined waist. Abdominoplasty surgery consists in removing the excess of loose or sagging skin of the abdomen, which are most often the residue of pregnancy or large weight loss, or because there are scars on your tummy from earlier surgery or an injury.

    It is also possible to change the shape and position of the navel during surgery. In most cases, extended abdominoplasty restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer. This treatment can be combined with fat removal and body shaping. Tummy tuck surgery may make the shape of your tummy look better and firmer by taking away extra fat and skin and tightening your tummy muscles. A tummy tuck cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be treated. Having an abdominoplasty can’t help you lose or control your weight. It also will not stop you from putting weight on in the future, if you do not combine it with diet and exercise. You may not have a completely flat tummy afterwards, so it is also important to have realistic expectations about this surgery.

    The patients will have tummy tuck surgery under general anesthesia as it is a major treatment and you would be required to be in hospital for up to three days after surgery.

    Tummy tuck is one of the most frequently performed abdominoplasty surgeries abroad by patients at KCM who decide to look for this type of procedure overseas. If you consider tummy tuck abroad or tummy tuck in Poland, at KCM we offer this treatment  to our patients, and it is performed by the most established plastic surgeons at our clinic.

    Preparation

    If you decide to have tummy tuck surgery, it’s very important to choose your surgeon carefully. You’ll need to make sure you find someone with the right training and qualifications. Please inform your doctor about all medications you are taking and complaints during your medical consultation. Your surgeon will explain in detail what will happen before, during and after your operation. This is your chance to ask any remaining questions you might have about the surgery. You’ll be asked to sign the consent form.

    All required tests should be performed as prescribed by the physician prior to surgery. It is very important to stop smoking and drinking alcohol before surgery because these substances have a significant negative effect on wound healing. We recommend giving up alcohol and cigarettes for as long as possible before and after the procedure to avoid post operative scars. You should stay on an empty stomach for 6 hours before the procedure.

    Convalescence

    Swelling and redness gradually disappear after 2-3 weeks after the procedure. A suitable elastic corset should be worn day and night for six weeks.Your surgeon may ask you to wear compression stockings from the time of your operation until you’re able to move around properly again afterwards. This helps to stop blood clots forming in the veins in your legs. It will allow for proper healing of postoperative wounds. Physical exercises can be performed after 6 weeks. You should avoid doing anything that strains your tummy muscles – roll onto your side to get out of bed.

    During the first weeks after the surgery, avoid physical exertion or heavy lifting, as well as sauna visits, bathing and sunbathing. It is also worth giving up drinking and smoking nicotine-containing products as long as possible. This is important because of the proper healing of wounds after surgery and reducing the likelihood of scars.

    You must not drive, drink alcohol, use machinery for at least 24 hours after you’ve had a general anesthetic. You might experience some numbness because some of your nerves may be cut during a tummy tuck. Nerves heal very slowly, so it often takes months to get better.

    Precautions

    People struggling with comorbidities or other health problems must inform their physician during the first qualification consultation. Before the procedure, perform all medical tests as prescribed by the doctor and follow all recommendations before and after the procedure. Like all types of surgery, a tummy tuck can cause some complications, although they are rare. These may include: an unexpected reaction to the anesthetic, including an allergic reaction, bleeding, getting a blood clot, usually in a vein in your leg, an infection – this may need antibiotics, bleeding under your skin (haematoma) – you may need more surgery to stop the bleeding and drain the area or seroma – a collection of fluid around your wound that may need draining with a needle and syringe.

    FAQ

    What is the difference between plastic surgery of the abdominal wall and the extensive surgery of abdominal macros Fleur de Lis?
    What makes the fleur de lis tummy tuck unique is the shape of the incision and the large amount of skin removed. In a fleur de lis tummy tuck solution, the tummy tuck design only uses an incision to the abdominal part. In this procedure, an eye-shaped flap is removed from the flabby skin of the lower abdomen. While the rest is pulled down for a slimmer and younger aesthetic effect.


    How do I know which type of abdominoplasty is the best for me?
    This is a decision that is made with the Surgeon at the appointment and depends on the amount of skin you have.


    How is the abdominal plastic surgery performed?
    We perform tummy tuck from a 2-day hospitalization, so you will stay one night in the hospital. The procedure is performed under nighttime anesthesia. Based on what the final inspection during the pre-operative check-up, the surgeon will remove excess skin, perform muscle correction and improve the effect by contouring liposuction to make a nice aesthetic effect. A complete fleur de lis tummy tuck surgery takes three to five hours.

    What can I expect from my tummy tuck?
    During the early rehabilitation period, you will have a bandage and specialist compression garments. This will keep the swelling as low as possible. Healing is accompanied by swelling, bruises and skin discoloration. These will begin to fade away within a few days after surgery. Most patients can return to work approximately 10 days after surgery. Bruises and discoloration last up to three weeks. In addition, the swelling will disappear for several months. You will need to avoid strength exercise and weight lifting for about six weeks. Each body heals at its own rate so recovery may vary between patients. However, tummy tuck patients are usually delighted with the results.

    What happens if I get pregnant after the procedure?

    Most of the patients who are planning abdominal plastic surgery are done with family planning. But if you get pregnant after having a tummy tuck, it shouldn’t interfere with the safety of your pregnancy. Depending on whether there will be a cesarean section or not, we can perform a correction or other procedure at a later stage to restore the original results.

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