Significant weight loss can lead to sagging in the abdominal skin, causing an unaesthetic appearance. Abdominoplasty, also known as “Tummy-Tuck”, is preferred for individuals experiencing this issue. In women, the most common cause of abdominal sagging is pregnancy. Typically, after pregnancy, weakness in the abdominal muscles causes them to separate, and the internal organs push forward, resulting in a protruding abdomen. Constant and excessive weight fluctuations also significantly contribute to this sagging. During abdominoplasty, we tighten the weakened and separated abdominal muscles (muscle diastasis), remove the excess sagging abdominal skin and fat tissue, and achieve a tighter and more pleasing abdominal appearance. The scar left after the procedure is made as low as possible, so that it can get hidden within the patient’s underwear.
What is Abdominoplasty surgery?
Who is a good candidate for Abdominoplasty surgery?
Candidates for abdominoplasty (tummy-tuck) surgery typically include individuals who have one or more of the following concerns:
- Excess skin and fat: If there is loose or sagging skin, as well as excess fat deposits in the abdominal area, we can remove these tissues and create a smoother and more toned appearance with an abdominoplasty.
- Post-pregnancy changes: Women who have experienced pregnancy and childbirth may have stretched abdominal muscles and skin. Abdominoplasty surgery can address these post-pregnancy changes, restoring a more youthful and pre-pregnancy abdominal contour.
- Significant weight loss: Individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight may be left with excess skin and weakened abdominal muscles. Abdominoplasty surgery can help remove the excess skin and tighten the muscles, providing a more proportionate and contoured abdomen.
It’s important to have a consultation with a certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Baygöl to determine if you are a suitable candidate for an abdominoplasty (tummy-tuck). The surgeon will evaluate your abdominal area, discuss your goals and expectations, and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan for your specific needs.
The recovery process after a tummy-tuck can vary from person to person. You can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort, which can be managed with the prescribed medications. It’s important to follow Dr. Baygöl’s post-operative instructions, including wearing the compression garments, getting lymphatic drainage massages, and avoiding strenuous activities, to ensure a smooth recovery. Most individuals can resume light activities within a few weeks, with full recovery typically taking a year on average.
An abdominoplasty or tummy-tuck is not a weight loss procedure. While it can remove excess fat deposits, the main goal is to address loose skin and tighten the abdominal muscles. It is recommended that patients reach a stable weight before undergoing abdominoplasty surgery for optimal results.
The results of tummy-tuck surgery can be long-lasting if you maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, factors such as pregnancy, significant weight fluctuations, and the natural aging process of the body can affect the results over time. It’s important to maintain a stable weight, exercise regularly, and follow a balanced diet to help sustain the outcomes of the surgery. Regular follow-ups with the medical team can help monitor your progress and address any concern.
Tummy-tuck surgery shouldn’t affect your pregnancy negatively. But due to the recovery period, it is recommended to wait at least one year, preferably two years, to get pregnant again after the surgery.
You should also keep in mind that getting pregnant after the surgery may impact the obtained results. In this case, it’s hard to predict if there will be significant loose skin or not, so if possible it’s better to plan a tummy tuck for after you are done growing your family. However, if you are unsure if you will want more children in the future but don’t want to wait for your abdominoplasty, you can discuss your plans with Dr. Baygöl, so he plans the surgery accordingly.