Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)

An abdominoplasty helps restore a sagging abdominal wall

Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)

For a firm tummy

Not only pregnancies and widely fluctuating weight changes, but also the perfectly normal ageing process lead to sagging of the abdominal wall.

This leads to excessive tissue that presents as an annoying "paunch or drooping belly". This conspicuous fold of tissue can only rarely be combated by dieting or sports.

Liposuction alone is not enough in such cases, because it is most important to remove the excessive skin. A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), combined with liposuction if necessary, is advisable in these cases. The operation is performed under general anaesthesia and a stay in hospital is necessary.

For the abdominoplasty, a horizontal incision is made just above the pubic hairline. A good surgeon places the incision in such a way that it is completely covered by the underwear or swimwear. Then he separates the skin and fatty tissue from the abdominal musculature. If the skin is sufficiently elastic, it can be tightened by pulling downwards and removing the surplus skin. A new opening is made for the belly button and the surgical wound is closed.

Aftercare is similar to that for liposuction. However, since a tummy tuck is a far more major operation, the surgical wound must also be cared for. The general surgical risks are also higher with this procedure. Furthermore, no sports or lifting heavy loads are allowed for a period of about 8 weeks after surgery.