A tummy tuck is advisable if excess skin does not recede despite exercise and a healthy diet.
Basically, it is important to know that a tummy tuck is not suitable for weight loss. A tummy tuck should therefore only be attempted when your personal ideal weight has been reached and can be maintained.
The most important step before starting a tummy tuck is careful planning! First, with the patient standing, the future course of the scar in the lower abdominal fold, the midline, both anterior iliac crests and the circular navel are drawn. The precise incision is drawn on the lying patient under anesthesia. Of course, this deviates from the subsequent course of the scar, which is why special care is required during planning. Particular attention is also paid to symmetry in the planning.
Small/ mini tummy tuck
Within a small tummy tuck, the lower abdomen is tightened up to the navel. It also has a tightening effect on the pubic area and groins. The excised navel remains in its original position, with a small, barely visible scar.
Big tummy tuck
A major tummy tuck, which also involves moving the navel, extends to the costal arch and may be combined with a muscle lift. The entire abdominal area undergoes surgery and the navel is reshaped and relocated.
The aim of a tummy tuck is always to achieve firm abdominal skin with an aesthetic navel and a firm abdominal wall. Caesarean section scars or stretch marks can also be removed from women.
Overall, a tummy tuck is one of the operations with the most beautiful before and after effect, as large problem areas and abnormalities can be remedied in an aesthetically pleasing manner.
The course and length of the scar depend on the extent of the intervention. It is crucial to position the scar in such a way that it can be easily covered by underwear, a waistband or swimwear. The individual preferences of the patient are taken into account.