Plastic of the front abdominal wall

Weight changes, fat tissue gathering in the lower part of the abdomen and pregnancy may stretch abdominal muscles and skin. When the abdomen is sagging and floppy and conservative measures and liposuction do not help, surgery might solve the problem.

How is the operation performed?

Tummy tuck is performed under general anaesthetics and lasts for 2-3 hours. The incision is bigger than in case of the caesarean section, the scar is often wider and more visible. The incision is made from one hip to another. The slack muscles are trimmed with stitching. The belly button is left in the initial location as before the surgery. Excessive fat tissue and skin are removed and the incision is closed, however, two drains are left in the wound during the stay in hospital. After tummy tuck we recommend staying in hospital for two nights. After surgery pain may be experienced in the operated area, however, it does not last long and can be alleviated by painkillers. After surgery the personnel of the hospital observes the patient and gives further recommendations for the treatment of the wound. Stitches are removed after 7-10 days. The procedure is generally painless.

Recovery

Depending on the nature of work, a 1-2 weeks’ recovery period is required after the operation. The family doctor issues the sick list to the patient. A compressive garment to support the abdomen has to be worn day and night during one month after tummy tuck. Sick leave of 1.5-3 weeks might be needed after the abdominal surgery. Gym, aerobics and other sport events, which may affect the healing of the wound, should be avoided for about a month. Lifting heavy weights and hard physical work should be avoided. Sauna and hot baths should also be avoided. Swelling and haemorrhage is possible after the operation but they disappear within three months. The final result becomes evident after six months.

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