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Tummy Tuck: What does abdominoplasty consist of? – 2022

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Tummy Tuck: What does abdominoplasty consist of?

In addition, the tummy tuck will remove any stretch marks that are located in the lower abdomen.

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What is abdominoplasty?

It consists of a correction technique for alterations of the abdomen caused by: pregnancies, important changes in weight or the simple passage of time.

Through abdominoplasty it is possible to eliminate excess fat and hanging skin in the abdomen, also solving the separation between the rectus muscles of the abdomen.

This surgical technique manages to repair, tighten and rejoin the abdominal muscles in the midline, thereby achieving a flat, firm and fit stomach.

Effects of pregnancy on the abdomen

After a pregnancy it is very common for the separation of the rectus abdominis muscle or diastasis to occur, causing a “waist loss”.

This alteration does not respond to exercise, aesthetic treatments or physiotherapy. These muscles can only be reattached with a tummy tuck.

What does abdominoplasty consist of?

This operation is carried out using epidural or general anesthesia, depending on the characteristics of each patient and the opinion of the anesthesiologist.

A horizontal incision is made in the lower abdomen, above the pubis, in many cases the existence of a previous caesarean scar can be used. Through it, it is possible to rejoin the abdominal muscles if they are distanced and thereby re-sculpt the waist. Subsequently, excess skin and fat is removed to achieve a flat and firm abdomen.

Despite the fact that this technique causes a larger scar than that of a caesarean section, it is one of the most valued and highly satisfied among patients due to the great aesthetic change it causes and because it is not complicated to hide this scar with underwear and / or bikini.

In addition, the tummy tuck will remove any stretch marks that are located in the lower abdomen.

It is very common to solve small protrusions of the navel in the same intervention that are resolved with the union of the muscles or even hernias with the placement of a mesh to contain them.

Postural and functional improvement

In addition to the aesthetic improvement that recovers the firmness of the abdomen, the abdominoplasty brings with it a postural improvement, eliminating and preventing back pain, favoring a simpler and more efficient exercise practice.

Differences between abdominoplasty and mini abdominoplasty

The main difference is that the tummy tuck is responsible for tightening the entire abdomen, both the upper and lower navel areas. The mini tummy tuck focuses only on the part below the navel, that is, the lower area.

This causes different scars in both surgeries, being that of the abdominoplasty larger than that of the mini-abdominoplasty, these are similar scars to those of the caesarean section.


During the first few days, the abdomen is usually somewhat swollen and some discomfort or pain may be noted, which is controlled with medication. Depending on the extent of the surgery, you can go home after a few hours or stay 1 to 2 days in the clinic.

Even though you shouldn’t stretch all the way at first, you should start walking as soon as possible. The external skin points will be removed between 7 and 10 days; the internal stitches, whose ends come out of the ends of the incision, in 2 or 3 weeks. The bandage will be replaced by an abdominal girdle.


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