What is abdominal lifting (Abdominoplasty)

Abdominal lifting (abdominoplasty) is an esthetical surgery in which excess of skin and fat are removed and in which looseness of muscles are tightened.

What are the causes of prolapses and lipoidosis in abdominal region?

Pregnancy, losing and gaining weight, not to have sport habit, due to the genetic structure cause loosening in abdominal muscles and prolapse in abdominal skin. If there is a concomitant excessive weight, there may be fat accumulation in the front trunk, at the waste edges, at sides and on pubis. During the abdominal lifting, an abdomen with a more beautiful appearance in terms of esthetics is obtained also by eliminating excess of fats by means of liposuction.

By which technic abdominal lifting is performed?

Abdominal lifting surgeries can be done through two methods;

  • Full abdominal lifting (abdominoplasty)
  • Partial abdominal lifting (mini abdominoplasty)

In full abdominal lifting surgery, skin and subcutaneous tissues are lifted on the abdominal muscles by making incisions extending toward the sides along the cesarean section line. Meantime, the navel remains at the same location. Excessive parts are removed by stretching ski and subcutaneous tissue lifted till the rib line at sides and till chest bone referred as the sternum. In the same session, if there are separation or loosening in the abdominal muscles these are also stretched by tightening by the help of sutures.

In the partial abdominal lifting (mini abdominoplasty) surgery, navel line is not passed. Excess of skin and excess of fat remaining under the navel are taken.

What are the issues to be cared before the surgery?
  • If you are using anticoagulant (blood-thinning) drugs, you should cease to use them seven to ten days before by consulting to your doctor.
  • Some drugs and some vitamins have anticoagulant (blood-thinning) effects and bleedings may be increased during the recovery period. It is extremely important to inform your physician about the medications that you use, the nutritional supplements, slimming teas. If you have any allergy toward any substance or medications, please definitely inform your physician.
  • We suggest the patients consuming tobacco products to cease smoking at least three weeks before the surgery.
  • No alcohol should be consumed for one week before the surgery.
  • The patient should be hungry at least six hours before the surgery.
  • The patient should be hungry at least six hours before the surgery.
  • While coming for the surgery, please bring definitely the examinations (computerized tomography, ultrasound, and mammography) that your physician has requested with your own.
  • While coming to the surgery do not make up, do not pin jewelry, do not apply nail varnish, and do not bring your valuables with your own.
What should be performed before abdominal lifting?

Abdominal lifting surgery is done under general anesthesia. Screenings in terms of blood levels, liver function tests, renal function tests, clothing values and contagious diseases by making blood analyses of the patients before the surgery. The status of the lungs is investigated by acquiring pulmonary X-ray films and the heart rhythm and cardiac status are investigated by taking electrocardiography (ECG). Furthermore, if the patient has an additional disease, tests concerning this disease are made and consultation are established from the concerning department about whether he or she has any status that will hinder the surgery if necessary.

Abdominal lifting surgery lasts one and half hour to two and a half hours. If the procedure will not pass over the navel line and if muscle tightening procedure is not required mini abdominal lifting surgery can be planned. Mini abdominal lifting surgery lasts one hour.

Following the abdominal lifting surgery people usually stay in hospital for one day.

Following the abdominal lifting surgery, the first several days may uncomfortable. The pains decrease four to five days later and they almost completely heal after the tenth day.

When the patients who experience the abdominal lifting surgery can return to the social life and professional life?

People who experience abdominal lifting surgery may return to their social lives four to five days later. If they have not a job requiring physical power, they may return to their job seven days later. We suggest them to rest for one month if they have a job requiring physical power.

Following the abdominal lifting surgery, how much trace may persist?

In the abdominal lifting surgeries a trace extending horizontally at the lower part of the abdomen persists. However, since this trace is within the bikini line it is not seen outside.

Is it possible to eliminate the traces of the abdominal lifting surgery?

The complete disappearance of the traces is not possible. However, slight traces which cannot be noticed at first glance persist.