WHO BENEFITS FROM ABDOMINAL LIFT SURGERY?
Men and women who do not respond to diet and exercise and have sagging abdominal skin, but whose body contours are smooth, are the candidates for this surgery. This operation is particularly useful in women who have given birth several times, have cracks in the abdominal area and have sagged and weakened abdominal muscles. Patients who intend to lose weight should postpone this operation. Women who intend to give birth also should postpone this operation after birth. An abdominal lift operation will increase your appearance and self-confidence, but will not provide to get a completely ideal appearance or eliminate other problems that require any treatment. You should think well about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon before you decide the operation.
HOW TO PREPARE BEFORE THE OPERATION?
Your surgeons will have some requests from you during this period. Especially if you smoke, you have to take it a break 2 weeks before and 4 weeks after the operation. You should not stay under the sun for too long during this period. If you use vitamin E and aspirin you take them a break and avoid pre-operative heavy diet regimens. Cold or another infection can cause the operation to be postponed.
WHAT IS ABDOMINAL LIFT SURGERY?
* COMPLETE ABDOMINAL LIFT SURGERY (Abdominal lift)
* PARTIAL ABDOMINAL LIFT SURGERY (MINI-Abdominal lift)
Abdominal lift is a surgical intervention in the middle and lower abdominal regions where the available excess fat and sagging skin tissue are taken and abdominal muscles are stretched and strengthened, but not an obesity treatment. Fat people should lose the weight as much as they can before this surgery. The appearance of the fat belly and abdomen is dramatically improved with this operation, but the scar is permanent depending on the surgery. There are many techniques used by plastic surgeons for abdominal lift. Abdominal lift can also be performed along with surgeries for the body contour correction (aesthetic breast operations, liposuction, etc.) or with some other operations (uterus, ovarian operations, etc.). If you think an abdominal lift operation this article will give you information, you cannot find the answers of all your questions here.
WHERE IS THE SURGICAL OPERATION PERFORMED?
Complete or partial abdominal lift operations are performed under hospital conditions.
HOW IS THE SURGICAL OPERATION?
The complete abdominal lift may take 2-5 hours depending on the extent of the operation and the partial abdominal lift may take 1-2 hours. Often it is necessary to make an incision line extending from one hip to another but concealed in the swimwear and a second round incision around the belly. The incision line of the partial abdominal lift is shorter and the belly may not be replaced. During surgery, the abdominal skin is free from muscles beneath it from the groins to the rib bones level. If there is a weakness or hernia in the abdominal muscles, it is reinforced here; the excess skin is cut and removed from the body. These procedures are limited in mini-abdominal lift. After the operation is finished, the wound is preferably closed either with metal clamps or with a single or hidden (intradermic) suture and covered with dressings. One or two tubes, called drain, can be placed under the skin to suck up excess fluid to be collected in the region.
WHAT TO DO AFTER SURGERY?
There may be swelling and pain that can be controlled with painkillers in the abdominal region in the first few days. Drains are removed after 1-3 days on average and sutures are removed after 1-3 weeks. You should stay in the hospital for 1-3 days on average. It can take a few months for you to feel like you used to. You can return to work after 2-4 weeks. The scar can seem like it has deteriorated for the first 3-6 months, but this is normal, the scars may flatten and fade for 9 months to 1 year. Even though it does not disappear completely, it can be easily hidden even under this bikini. Partial or complete abdominal lift procedures create excellent results for patients with weakness or skin sagging in the abdominal muscles. For most of the patients, excellent result can be maintained with regular exercise and diet for years.
WHAT ARE ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS?
Vacuum-assisted liposuction can be considered as an alternative to normal weight people if there is a good quality of stretched skin and limited fat deposit and the abdominal wall is intact. Diet and exercise programs may also be effective in reducing total body fat, but it does not affect skin sagging. Unexpected but possible pre-operative events, called risks and possible complications, carry the risks of surgery in alternative treatments.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF ABDOMINAL LIFT?
Hundreds of abdominal lift operations are performed every year. The result is usually satisfactory if this surgery is performed by a plastic surgeon that is also specialized in body contour correction. Every surgical procedure has a certain amount of risk, and it is important that you understand what is related to abdominal lift. It is essential to compare the risks and benefits of surgery when the person accepts the surgical procedure. Discuss with your plastic surgeon until you are certain that you understand the risks, possible complications and consequences, even if many women or men do not experience the following complications. Complications such as infection and hemorrhage are rare in this operation performed by a plastic surgeon under good pre-operative examination and evaluation, appropriate hospital conditions. The infection is treated with antibiotics and evacuation of the abscess if abscess is present, but it may prolong the hospitalization period. Delay in wound healing or poor wound healing may occur and may result in scar. These circumstances may require a secondary operation. Smokers have more frequently complications in skin loss and wound healing.