Reasons for surgery
An abdominoplasty, (also a tummy tuck or abdominal lift) can help in a number of circumstances. For instance; when sudden weight loss occurs and the skin does not shrink properly; after pregnancy when the skin was overstretched, or abdominal muscles were overstretched; if an indrawn or painful scar has formed after gynaecological surgery or Caesarean section.
If the patient is significantly overweight it may be difficult to perform an isolated abdominoplasty and nutritionist-supervised weight loss is recommended before surgery can take place.
Abdominoplasty can be combined with a liposuction if necessary.
The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia. The incision will be made according to the type and amount of excessive skin to be removed. There can be a horizontal incision at the pubic hair line, or an anchor-shaped incision.
Depending on the type of incision the surgeon separates the skin and subcutaneous fat tissue from muscles â€“ usually upward, up to the rib arch. The skin is then pulled downward and shortened to make it tighter. The navel has to be cut out and reattached in the normal height.
At the end of the surgery, one or several suction drains are inserted for wound drainage, and a compression bandage is placed.
Things to discuss with your surgeon
Along with all your other questions, you should make sure you discuss the following in your consultations with your surgeon.
- What should I avoid before and after surgery?
- Do I need to follow any special diets?
- When will the stitches be removed?
- Will wound dressings be needed? What kind and for how long?
- When will you be able to have shower or bath?
- Will you have to use medications? What kind and for how long?
- How should you take care of your skin?
- How will you have to adjust your lifestyle?
- How long will I need to stay in Lithuania before it is safe for me to travel?
- What special garments will you have to wear?
- Are any exercise or sport activities recommended postoperatively?
- When can you start working?
- Will additional examinations be necessary postoperatively? When and where?