FAQ abdominoplasty

Your new body image

This operation gives you a firmer, slimmer abdomen. The elimination of the original problems and improvement of appearance and abdominal muscle function usually mean the start of a new phase of life with greater confidence and self-esteem.

How can I prepare for surgery?

You should have reached your ideal weight before the operation. This will have a positive influence on the result of surgery. If you are planning a pregnancy in the near future, it would be better to postpone the procedure until afterwards, as the tightened abdominal muscles (rectus muscles) can spread apart during pregnancy and the tightened skin can be overstretched again.

Before the scheduled procedure, you should be in good health. To reduce the risk of complications, you should limit the use of alcohol and nicotine to a minimum or even avoid them completely until the incision is healed. You should also inform the surgeon of any existing illnesses and medication. We recommend taking about two to three weeks off after the operation.

How is the procedure done?

In a tummy tuck alone, the excess skin and fat in the lower abdomen is removed. In an abdominoplasty, the tissue must also be detached from the upper abdomen and tightened toward the lower abdomen. The navel may be given a more attractive shape and focus. Simultaneously, lax abdominal muscles are brought back to their original taut position if necessary. The abdominal wall is firmed and the waist becomes slimmer. The scar necessary for this is invisible in the bikini zone.

What are the risks?

If the abdominoplasty is done by experienced plastic surgeons, complications are rare and are generally insignificant for a permanent good outcome. For every operation, there is an increased risk of suffering a thrombosis.

Infections of the wound are very rare. As in any operation, after an abdominoplasty, bruising and swelling may occur, usually healing on their own. Postoperative bleeding is a rare complication and must be corrected surgically. Risk factors can be minimized in a thorough consultation with us. Do not hesitate to ask any questions you may have in a personal consultation.

What can I expect after the operation?

In the first few days after the operation, you will feel pain in the operation area. Painkillers help to get through this phase without any problems. Drainages inserted during the operation are usually removed in the first few days after the surgery. You will wear a compression corset for about 6 weeks and should avoid strenuous work during this time. The scars remain fine and inconspicuous if you apply a wound ointment regularly and avoid direct sunlight to the scars.

Depending on the physical workload, you can assume your normal routine activities after a few days. You may resume sports after coordinating with your physician after about six to eight weeks.

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