Last updated on 22 Ağustos 2019, Perşembe by Dr.Etöz Editorial Staff

It is possible to see sagging of the skin, the formation of stretch-marks and slackness of abdominal muscles after massive weight loss. In these cases, tummy tuck is applied.

Tummy Tuck Operation

During a tummy tuck operation, the muscles in the abdomen are tightened, the anterior abdominal wall is narrowed and excess fat and skin tissues are removed. With this surgery, the location of the belly button can also be changed.

After trying hard to lose weight, people want to look as good as possible. Generally, in patients who lose a lot of weight, the quality of the skin decreases considerably. This skin requires a different degree of shrinkage. Directions of pull, the amount of pull, and other technical issues are different in weight loss patients. It is important for a plastic surgeon to recognize the quality of the patient’s skin and include it in the surgical plan and to help the patient understand the possible outcome before surgery.   

Recovery after Tummy Tuck

  • In the first few days of recovery, painkillers are provided. Day by day, the pain decreases and the patient feels better.
  • Drains are usually removed after 3-5 days.
  • The patient can return to work after an average of 1-2 weeks. However, it is recommended to use the corset for 2 months. Also, it is recommended to avoid heavy exercise for 2-3 months.
  • Swelling in the abdomen completely disappears and the abdomen is usually recovered within 6-12 months.
  • After tummy tuck surgery, patients should pay attention to their weight and avoid excessive weight gain.
  • Patients who have too much weight and are planning to become pregnant in the following periods should postpone this operation.
  • The scars due to tummy tuck will show a red appearance for the first 3-6 months, but will gradually fade. However, these scars do not adversely affect patients, as they always remain underwear and bikinis.

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