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Abdominoplasty and its combination with liposuction

A tummy tuck can be performed to tighten the sagging skin layers after pregnancy or in men who have lost a lot of weight, and a tummy tuck can be combined with liposuction.

Abdominoplasty and its combination with liposuction

Aesthetic medicine has developed greatly in recent years until it allows today to improve the external appearance in various ways that were not previously known, a good example of this is the abdominoplasty.


What is a tummy tuck?

Abdominoplasty is the surgery that aims to remove the skin and suction the excess fat from the middle and lower abdomen and strengthen the abdominal wall. It also:

  • This operation significantly changes the appearance of the abdomen and gives it a more tightened shape, free of excess and sagging skin.

  • These operations prevent the weakening of the abdomen, a process that occurs especially after pregnancy or weight loss, as the skin loses its elasticity and appears flabby and multifold.

  • Aesthetic medicine surgeons recommend a tummy tuck only after all other alternatives and attempts have been exhausted to achieve a flat tummy, through weight reduction and intense physical exercise.

  • Abdominoplasty is performed for women after pregnancy who do not want to have other children, as well as for men and women who have lost a lot of weight and suffer from excess skin in the lower abdomen.

  • It is worth noting that the process of tightening the body and the abdomen, in particular, does not replace physical activity or maintaining a healthy diet, but rather it is a supplement to them.

  • Liposuction treatment can be performed with this surgery, which removes excess fat cells from the body, but this treatment cannot be replaced by surgery as the function of tummy tuck is to tighten and strengthen the abdomen, while the function of liposuction is to remove unwanted fat cells from the body.


Conditions for performing a tummy tuck procedure

Tummy tuck operations can be performed starting from the age of 18 and above, but only when the person who will undergo the surgery reaches the minimum weight that he can achieve by himself and by his own strength because if he wants to reduce his weight after surgery, the skin will sag again.

In order to make sure that the person who wants to undergo a tummy tuck procedure meets the conditions for surgery, the doctor must do several things, such as: examining his medical condition, conducting various blood tests, and photographing the area where the surgery will be performed.

Also, the person must avoid drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, and taking aspirin before the surgery, and must use the compression belt and fast for six hours before the surgery.


How does the tummy tuck operation work?

Abdominoplasty with liposuction proceeds as follows:

  • At the beginning of the tummy tuck operation, the doctor marks the area where the surgery will be performed, which will be carried out under general or local anesthesia.

  • The doctor makes an incision along the abdomen and around the navel, lifts the skin of the abdomen up, and then tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall.

  • The doctor then removes the excess skin and places the navel in its new location.

  • At the end of the surgery, the doctor stitches up the surgical area and the two tubes that came out of the lower abdomen in order to drain the various secretions from them. Then the doctor places a pressure belt on the abdomen.


What happens after a tummy tuck?

After surgery, if all body indicators are good, such as breathing, blood, oxygen, etc., the patient is transferred from the recovery room to the inpatient room, so that he is released from the hospital the next day, and in the following days, he must filter the secretions in his home on a daily basis and for a week Full.

A week after the surgery, the strainers are removed from his body, and the patient may feel swelling in the surgical area for the first 10 days, but he will be able to return to work after about 2-3 weeks so that he continues to put the pressure belt on his stomach during this period according to the doctor's instructions.

After about two months, the patient has fully recovered and can return to work and life as usual.

Tummy tuck surgery complications

Abdominoplasty and liposuction have many complications that every person undergoing this surgery should know about, including:

  1. Blockages and narrowing of the blood vessels occur if the person is a smoker.
  2. Skin damage during surgery.
  3. Bleeding occurs.
  4. Loss of sensation in the surgical area and even the development of necrosis.

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