TUMMY TUCK SURGERY (ABDOMINOPLASTY)

What is a Tummy Tuck?

Tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, is one of the most requested cosmetic surgeries since the start of Covid-19.

This surgical procedure eliminates the excess skin and fat from the abdomen, tightening the abdominal wall muscles and achieving a flatter and firmer abdomen. Usually, the scar is located in the lower area of the abdomen, so that it is easily covered by underwear or a swimsuit.

A less invasive surgical intervention is possible. A mini tummy tuck can be carried out if your excess skin is located only in the lower half of your abdomen. Unlike a full tummy tuck, there is not incision around the belly button as it does not need to be moved. The incision will be only across the lower abdomen.

Many women undergo a tummy tuck surgery after pregnancy or after important weight loss.

However this surgical procedure requires a plastic surgeon with wide experience and who is at the forefront of the most advanced techniques.

ADVANTAGES AND RECOMMENDATIONS.

There are many advantages to having tummy tuck surgery. As well as the aesthetic advantages, it has other functional advantages. There is a great benefit for the back: lower back pain is reduced by reinforcing the musculature.

The results of an abdominoplasty can last for many years if you maintain a healthy weight.

However, please keep in mind that it is not a surgical treatment for excess weight. If you have the surgery and then you lose a significant amount of weight, you may need to have another Tummy Tuck to remove further loose skin.

So, obese patients who want to lose weight should postpone this surgery. If you are considering a future pregnancy, we also recommend waiting to have this surgery.

SURGERY AND RECOVERY TIME

Tummy tuck procedure normally lasts from 2 to 5 hours and can be done at the same time as other cosmetic surgeries.

As it can involve removing excess loose skin, fat and stretch marks, it is frequently combined with liposuction. This surgical combination reduces abdominal fat and flanks (love handles) achieving a more contoured figure.

The incision is made making sure that the scar will be hidden by underwear. Surgery is performed under general anaesthetic. You will stay in hospital for two nights. Afterwards, you will need to take at least two weeks off work.

After a tummy tuck surgery it is normal to feel a sensation of tightness for a few days due to the fact that the abdominal muscles have been reinforced.

It is necessary to use a compression garment for a few months and to massage the abdomen area to improve skin elasticity. A reduction in the sensitivity of the area is usually noticed, which will disappear with time.

In very obese patients, after surgery, wound healing may take longer.

WHAT COMPLICATIONS COULD A TUMMY TUCK HAVE?

Complications after a tummy tuck are extremely rare and are related to scars that are not very aesthetic, small asymmetries or infections.

Smokers are more prone to a greater number of complications. For that reason it is recommended that they give up the habit two weeks before surgery. They should continue to avoid smoking for another two weeks after the surgery.

ARE THE SCARS VERY OBVIOUS AFTER A TUMMY TUCK?

This is one of the main questions that many patients have before going in for abdominoplasty. So, it’s important to clarify all your doubts before making the decision.

With a Full Tummy Tuck, also called full abdominoplasty, the scar tends to be long, from hip to hip. However, it is always hidden in the lower part of the abdomen, above the pubic area. So, it can be hidden by swimwear or underwear.

Only in patients who need a large amount removed will the scar be longer and horizontal and may be visible with certain kinds of underwear. A scar around your belly button can be done in order to stitch this back in place.

With a Mini Tummy Tuck, the incision will be made as lower on the abdomen, closer to the bikini line. Scar will be smaller and visible in the first few weeks but should fade quickly.

IS IT ADVISABLE TO CARRY OUT TUMMY TUCK AT THE SAME TIME AS HAVING A CAESAREAN?

A recent study by two reputable Egyptian surgeons in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery shows the consequences of performing a tummy tuck when doing a caesarean.

They included 50 patients and compared the results with 80 patients who weren’t pregnant and also went in for this plastic surgery. In the case of the patients who had the plastic surgery at the same time as the caesarean, the level of satisfaction was lower. The aesthetic results were also worse and the complication rate was greater.

Of the 50 patients, only 48% were satisfied with the result after 6 months. Furthermore, when the tummy tuck was carried out at the same time as the caesarean, the complications increased. There were more wound infections, wound dehiscence and skin necrosis.

Therefore, having a tummy tuck just after a caesarean is not recommended. It is recommended to wait some months.

HOW WILL I LOOK AFTER A TUMMY TUCK?

When a person decides to go in for tummy tuck there is a feeling of uncertainty. And here is where computer simulations come into play, since they let you see a before & after result. Recent progress in photographic software allows the patient to get an idea of what the final result will be. What surgeons aim to achieve after the surgery.

Computer simulation is done with the purpose of getting surgeon and patient to agree on the result they want to obtain. But the computer simulation should in no way be considered as what the final result will be.

Undoubtedly the surgeons and the patients are the most interested in getting the desired result. But we should not forget that the plastic surgery involves working with living tissue. Changing the appearance of something specific on the computer is a matter of seconds. However, the computer doesn’t take into account the quality of the tissue, the thickness and the age of the skin.

HOW MUCH TUMMY TUCK COSTS?

Tummy Tuck cost depends on many factors as the quantity of fat and skin to reshape, and the surgery time.

Without meeting the patient we don’t offer approximate prices as each patient is a different case. But we know that the economic factor is important when it comes to making a decision.

Therefore, we offer the possibility for the patient to come to our facilities for a first free no-obligation visit. You can consult with the surgeon regarding all your doubts and worries. According to your characteristics, we will offer the best solution and the best price for your abdominoplasty.

WHY CHOOSE DOCTOR JESÚS BENITO FOR YOUR TUMMY TUCK IN SPAIN ?

With more than 20 years of experience, Doctor Benito is a renowned specialist in abdominoplasty surgery combined with liposuction. This recently developed technique is called lipoabdominoplasty.

Doctor Jesús Benito is a recognised authority in Spain in plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery.

Doctor Jesús Benito: Bibliography & Publications:

Elective, Non-urgent Procedures and Aesthetic Surgery in the Wake of SARS–COVID-19: Considerations Regarding Safety, Feasibility and Impact on Clinical Management. Kaye, F. Paprottka, R. Escudero, G. Casabona, J. Montes, R. Fakin, L. Moke, T. Stasch, D. Richter, J. Benito-Ruiz. Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2020 May

27th International Congress of the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES) Sevilla, Spain, 12–15 June 2019 Surg Endosc. 2019; 33(Suppl 2): 485–781. Published online 2019 Sep 13.

Plastic surgery is (mainly) for the spring.

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    Antiaging Group Barcelona

    Ronda del General Mitre, 84, 08021 (Barcelona, Spain)

    Nearest Metro Stations: Les Tres Torres / La Bonanova

    Cosmetic and plastic surgery in Spain | AGB | Dr Jesús Benito
    Cosmetic and plastic surgery in Spain | AGB | Dr Jesús Benito