Significant weight fluctuation can cause the skin around the stomach to sag, resulting in a so-called “belly apron” to form. After pregnancy, the muscle layers of the stomach wall can weaken and the distance between individual abdominal muscles may widen, while hernias may also occur. These problems can be resolved by performing a tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty.
A consultation takes place with the plastic surgeon prior to the surgery to discuss the operating procedure. As surgery is performed under general anesthetic, laboratory tests, an ECG, a chest X-ray and an abdominal ultrasound must all be carried out.
- The surgery to remove excess skin and fat tissue generally takes 1 to 2 hours under general anesthetic.
- If the abdominal muscles are loose, it is necessary to tighten them by stitching the muscles of the abdominal wall together. During stomach wall reconstruction, abdominal muscles that have moved apart are tightened by connecting them together with stitches at their peripheries. Any hernia found at this time can also be rectified during the same operation.
- The operation is carried out using the latest surgical techniques: the smallest incision possible is made, which is closed with surgical sutures under the surface of the skin. The small scar left by the operation is barely visible.
It is necessary to spend the night after surgery in the institution where the operation was performed. The patient is free to remove the dressing 24 to 48 hours after surgery, and carefully clean the surgery area.
It is recommended that patients wear an elastic stomach bandage after the operation. The doctor performing the operation will decide on the healing period, when the patient can resume sporting activity, how long and during what part of the day the patient should continue to wear the stomach bandage, and when they can shower around the surgery area.