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The inverse abdominoplasty is performed when both the skin and abdominal muscles have lost their elasticity and become flaccid. This procedure is performed under general anaesthetic and the method used ensures that no pain is felt.


This procedure will normally take 1.5 to 2.5 hours to complete and the incision required will be longer than a typical caesarean section scar, however, the scar will be hidden beneath the bikini line and become less obvious over time.

The initial recovery time for this operation is typically 5 days after which a compression garment will need to be work for a further 3 weeks.

The outcome of this procedure will be a firmer, flatter, more muscular shape to the abdomen.

+Who Should Consider A Tummy Tuck?

There are a number of reasons that patient might consider a Tummy Tuck and a number of different procedures that can be used to produce the ideal result. The condition of the operational area, the amount of sagging in the abdominal wall and the amount of excessive skin. Dr Celikkaya will advise the patient of the best procedure or combinations of procedure required to produce the desired outcome.

+How Does The Surgery Work?

The surgery works by pulling the inner wall of the abdomen together creating an “inner corset”, drawing together the muscles to the centre line. Once the abdominal wall has been flattened and narrowed, the excessive skin is removed and pulled down and together to create a slimmer profile. The resulting scar sits below the bikini line.

+Guidelines For Surgery

The following guidelines apply for all types of surgery Use of all blood thinners should be stopped (under guidance from Dr Celikkaya) Smoking should stop from the date of the operation until 10-14 days after the treatment. Any activities that will increase blood pressure should also be halted. In most cases you will be able to return home after an overnight stay in hospital for observation This surgery is performed under general anaesthetic It is possible to return to most day to day activities after 5 days of rest Upon completion of the surgery the patient will be fitted with a compression garment that they are expected to wear for the three weeks following the surgery. Light exercise (walking etc) is permitted shortly after surgery, but it is advised that the patient wait at least 6 weeks before undertaking any heavy or strenuous exercise Results are considered to be permanent, however, further pregnancies or excessive weight change will affect the permanent nature of the procedure If the belly button is removed during the process is will be replaced and look identical to the one removed The ideal time after giving birth to consider the tummy tuck procedure is 1 year Procedures can be combined under the guidance of Dr Celikkaya

+ What are the main factors to be considered before an abdominoplasty surgery?

As with all surgical procedures generally, patients must abstain from taking blood thinners, limit drinking alcohol and smoking as much as possible and ideally, stop altogether in the last couple of days preceding surgery.

+ What factors should be considered after abdominoplasty surgery?

After the abdominoplasty surgery, the patient comes to the hospital room dressed in a compression garment. We recommend this compression garment is used for three weeks. Light walks can commence immediately after surgery but it is wise to wait one and a half months before undertaking heavy exercise.

+ Does the shape of the belly-button distort in an abdominoplasty surgery?

The belly-button is extracted from the skin without any change, so the shape stays the same, only a replacement is made

+ What is the minimum age for an abdominoplasty surgery?

The tummy tuck operation is best undertaken after pregnancy if possible. There are no upper age limits in this surgery. It is possible to operate on people who are healthy and take good care of themselves, at any age.

+ Are any scars left after tummy tuck surgery?

If there is sagging in the skin, especially any excess under the tummy, the preferred size and location for the abdominoplasty scars is 4 cm on both sides, left and right of the caesarean scar line. This scar can usually be hidden behind bikini bottoms and turns into a thin, white line after the healing period.

+ Are there any problems with getting pregnant after a tummy tuck surgery?

There is no harm in getting pregnant one year after a tummy tuck surgery. If the person does not gain too much weight during pregnancy, the tummy will return to how it looked right after abdominoplasty.

+ Does the tummy lose its form in the case of weight gain after the surgery?

During the tummy tuck operation, the abdomen is narrowed and an inner corset is built. Patients usually lose weight after the surgery, but in the case of weight gain, the abdomen area does not return to its shape before the operation in any way, but maintains its proportion.

+ What is the right timing for a tummy tuck?

The right time for a tummy tuck operation for those who have given birth is the end of the first year. At the end of this period, the patient can lose as much extra weight as she can and the degree of sagging and stretchmarks settle. Ideally any weightloss should reach completion before the tuck since they are performed to correct the end results of a weight loss program. Best results are achieved if the patient has reached their ideal weight.

+ Can a tummy tuck and liposuction be performed simultaneously?

Yes. For the right patient and with the correct planning, a tummy tuck and liposuction can be carried out simultaneously.

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