Is a Tummy Tuck Worth It?
Is a Tummy Tuck Worth It?
A tight stomach and a thin waist are the most important indicators of a young and beautiful physical appearance. In women, deformations are seen in this area after pregnancy and childbirth, as well as a result of excessive weight gain and loss. Childbirth loosens the skin of the abdomen, causing the abdominal muscles and abdomen to become bulging. Regional lubrication caused by weight gain or skin sagging caused by weight loss is of course one of the biggest complaints not only of women but also of men. Indeed, the abdomen is the area of the body that deforms the fastest. Tummy tuck surgery is operated on to solve all these problems that occur in the abdomen.
There is a lot of misinformation about tummy tuck surgery. The most common ones you can hear are that the surgery is very painful, the results are not permanent, and the recovery process is very difficult. All these rumors confuse the surgery candidates and make them question whether the tummy tuck operation is worth it.
Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is a suitable operation for people who suffer from abdominal fat, stretch marks, and saggy skin that don’t respond to exercise and diet. Abdominoplasty is operated on people who have given birth at frequent intervals or who have gained and lost excessive weight. If you have excess skin on your upper belly and a fold forms on the belly when you sit, you can consider yourself a suitable candidate for the tummy tuck. If the excess skin and fat are only collected under the belly button, a mini tummy tuck may be sufficient. If there is no excess skin but only some fat, liposuction is preferred instead of a tummy tuck. In a classic tummy tuck procedure, excess fat is removed from the entire abdomen and waist area, excess skin under the navel is removed, and loosened abdominal muscles are repaired. However, since it is a complicated surgery, the general health status of the candidates is a very important criterion. Individuals with chronic diseases cannot have tummy tuck surgery if the doctor does not approve.
Tummy tuck surgeries are not as painful as feared. At the end of the operation, local anesthesia that is effective for about 10 hours is applied to all incisions and also to the abdominal wall, so that the patient does not feel intense pain in the first hours after the operation. However, it should be kept in mind that tummy tuck surgery is not a simple operation. Since the abdominal muscles, fat, and skin are worked on, it is normal to have some pain in the post-operative period. In order to minimize this pain, painkillers are given to the patient. Since these pain relievers reduce the pain, the general complaint of the patients is the tension caused by the tummy tuck and the inability to stand upright rather than the pain. A mini tummy tuck is less complicated and less painful than a full tummy tuck.
What to Expect after a Tummy Tuck?
After the surgery, patients wear a special compression garment. This compression garment should be worn throughout the day for the first 2-3 weeks after surgery. Afterward, it is sufficient to wear it at certain times of the day. The compression garment is used for approximately 6-8 weeks as it reduces swelling and edema seen after surgery.
In the first days, it is necessary to walk forward in order not to put a load on the stitches in the abdomen. It is okay to stand upright after four or five days. Patients can sleep on their side the night after surgery. They can take their first shower 24 hours after the drains inserted after the surgery are removed. Since all the sutures are left under the skin, there is no need for suture removal. Patients can return to their daily lives at the latest ten days after the operation. After three weeks, sports can be started except for abdominal movements. After six weeks, all sports activities are free.
Abdominoplasty brings a radical solution to the problems in the abdominal region and its results are permanent. In case of gaining and losing excess weight and getting pregnant again after the surgery, the results may suffer some loss, but they will never return to their previous state. If you adopt a healthy lifestyle after surgery and stay at your ideal weight, the results you get will be permanent for years.