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TUMMY TUCK SURGERY - ABDOMINOPLASTY

Tummy  tuck (or else abdominoplasty) is a cosmetic surgery procedure to make the abdomen more firm and thinner.

It is usually sought by patients with stubborn fat in the middle and lower abdomen and sagging abdominal skin after major weight loss or pregnancy.

The surgery involves the removal of excess fat from the mid and lower abdomen, the tightening of sagging abdominal skin, and if necessary the repair of separated stomach muscles.

A tummy tuck should not be confused with a liposuction. However, the cosmetic surgeon may choose to perform liposuction procedure as part of a tummy tuck.

BENEFITS OF TUMMY TUCK AT VF LASER CLINICS

  • Flatter Abdomen. Local fat is permanently reduced.
  • Removal of Hanging Skin.
  • Better Posture & Improved Abdominal Tone.
  • Elimination of Stretch Marks & Ventral Hernia Correction.
  • Immediate and long-lasting results.

AT VF LASER CLINICS

  • It is performed exclusively by a specialized plastic surgeon.
  • The optimal invasive technique is chosen each time.
  • Other problems, such as hernias, are addressed at the same time.
  • Shorter recovery time thanks to the use of modern methods.

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A tummy tuck can be performed with various surgical techniques; mini-tummy tuck, extended abdominoplasty, lipotuck or lipoabdominoplasty, high lateral tension tuck, etc.

The medical procedures involved,the number and length of incisions, the amount of fat removed, the extent of the surgery, and the way the muscle fascia wall is tightened, may vary depending on the case.

Two important factors that usually determine the surgical techique that should be used, include:

  1. the amount of fat and excess skin  that needs to be removed,
  2. whether the patient’s abdominal muscles need to be repaired or not.

Tummy tuck surgery is performed under a general anesthetic, in order to ensure both maximal operating conditions and patient safety and comfort. A mini-tummy tuck might be completed between 1 – 2 hours, while a complete abdominoplasty can take from 1,5 – 5 hours. Usually, an overnight stay is required.

The procedure is for women and men with a severe abdominal fat problem. Also, for people who due to sudden weight loss have developed a lot of skin slackening in the area (sagging belly).

Because it is a major surgery, in some cases abdominoplasty may not be indicated. In addition, if the patient is going to lose a lot of weight, the surgery should be postponed to a future time when the weight has stabilized.

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and can take from 2 to 3 hours, depending on the case.

The patient can return home on the day after the operation. He/She usually leaves the clinic wearing a special abdominal belt. The sutures are absorbable in order to form a better quality scar. Postoperative pain is treated with painkillers.

Due to the nature of the procedure, swelling is formed in the area. It is a normal reaction of the body, but it takes a long time to subside completely. In the first week there is a feeling of pain due to the stretching of the abdominal muscles and skin. The patient can return to work in 7 to 10 days, and driving is not allowed until after 2 weeks.

The results are visible with the regression of the swelling and bruising, within 2-3 weeks.

The cost depends on the size of the problem.

At VF Laser Clinics we treat the problem in a completely personalised way, in order to reduce the costs for the patient as much as possible.

Therefore, costs are determined according to individual needs, and may vary for the same area for different people.

Apart from the classic surgery, there is also the mini abdominoplasty, which can only treat cases with a very small aesthetic problem.

In most of these cases, however, the problem can be corrected by cryolipolysis or liposuction (unless there is excess skin).

The horizontal incision in mini abdominoplasty is significantly smaller (10-15 cm), while there is no incision in the navel. With this procedure, the results are permanent as well.

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