Tummy Tuck

Duration of the procedure:

3 – 4 hours depending on the preoperative findings

Type of anaesthesia:

general anaesthetic

Outpatient treatment

with medical supervision during the first night

Resumption

of light physical activities after about 3 weeks

Indication

A weakened abdominal wall after pregnancy, with stretch marks, usually combined with diastasis of the vertical abdominal muscles, in extreme cases leading to a ventral hernia

A flabby apron of hanging abdominal skin after weight loss

Undesirable scarring in the lower abdomen as a result of an operation or a caesarean section

Operation

Following a horizontal incision above the pubic hair, the excess skin and the fatty tissue of the lower abdomen are removed. The skin and subcutaneous fat of the abdominal wall is raised up to the breastbone in the midline. The abdominal muscles that have come apart are sutured together so that the waistline becomes defined again. Weak areas of the abdominal wall are stabilized, where necessary, by means of special suturing techniques.

The belly button is then moved to its new location so that the proportions look right. We take great care to have the belly button look perfectly natural by shaping a small funnel for it and hiding the scar in the depths of the funnel.

If the person has a significant subcutaneous depots or a very thick abdominal wall, liposuction is carried out at the same time.

The incision is made in such a way that there will be as little visible scarring as possible and the scar will be hidden under normal swimwear. Stretch marks resulting from pregnancy can be greatly improved thanks to a special technique of injecting the patient’s own fat along with stem cells.

After the operation

  • Wear a support garment around your abdomen for 3 months
  • Sutures are removed after 2 – 3 weeks
  • Post-surgical wound care (with scar massage und possibly self-adhesive silicone pads) begins after suture removal
  • Light physical activities after about 3 days, resumption of normal activities after 3 months
  • Avoid strenuous activities such as sports (particularly those using the abdominal muscles) for 3 months
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