The Process Before and After the Abdominoplasty

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The Process Before and After the Abdominoplasty

The Process Before and After the Abdominoplasty
  1. It's an operation which has to be performed with general anaesthesia by plastic surgeons under operating room conditions.
  2. The abdominoplasty takes between 3,5 hours and 4 hours in the operating room.
  3. Persons should have their blood tests performed and have their examination for anaesthesia one week prior to the date of operation. 
  4. You should be on an empty stomach on the operation day since the operation is performed with general anaesthesia. During your examination for anaesthesia, you will be informed of the period of time you shouldn't eat depending on the time of your operation.
  5. Your surgeon will remove the abdominal deformations in the operating room. She/he will also intervene below the skin. No organs are intervened during the abdominoplasty.
  6. You need to stay in the hospital for one (1) or two (2) days.
  7. WHO CAN UNDERGO ABDOMINOPLASTY? * Individuals who have problems with the persistent fats in the abdominal region despite physical exercises, sport activities and diets. * Individuals who don't plan to give birth in the near future. * Individuals who have no health issues. * Individuals who can quit smoking. * Individuals who have malformations in the abdominal region and abdominal skin despite every effort (physical exercise, sport activities, diet). * Individuals who have sagging, looseness following childbirth. * If you have obesity issues, abdominoplasty will not be of help to you.
  8. You are required to avoid anticoagulant drugs such as aspirin, herbal teas and vitamins for 10 days prior to the operation. During your examination, you will be given detailed information depending on your operation date.
  9. You should quit smoking 2-4 weeks before your operation. Do not hide your smoking habit from your doctor. Smoking affects the blood circulation.
  10. You are required to come to the hospital without any makeup, as well as any polish on your nails.
  11. A drawing will be made regarding your abdominoplasty in your patient's room. You will also be taken a photo. This is important for showing the developments in your abdominal region after the operation.
  12. USE OF CORSET: You will come to your room with your corset having been dressed in the operating room. Corset is a cloth which helps your recover fast so that you can go back to your everyday life as soon as possible. Your doctor will tell you how long to wear the corset depending on the operation.
  13. PAIN, SWELLINGS, BRUISES, MEDICATION
    1. You may have pain in your patient's room for the first few hours after the operation. You will be given the necessary medication. The prescription medication, which you are to use at home during your resting period, will be given to you upon your discharge from the hospital.
    2. You should use the prescription antibiotics, which are given to you upon your discharge, as required. Antibiotics are of importance for the prevention of infections which may occur after any operation. Abdominoplasty is one of the most comprehensive surgeries performed by plastic surgeons. Pay attention to the use of antibiotics.
  14. It's important that you have a patient accompanist in your patient's room. The operation has no influence on your general movements. However, a patient accompanist is important as is after caesarean operations.
  15. SCAR IN THE ABDOMINAL REGION
  16. Since your operation is performed in the abdominal region, you will come to your room with a scar.
  17. The scar will have a pinkish red colour in the beginning. It will appear as a thin mark 6 months after the operation.
  18. The vertical length of the scar is not very short. The length varies for every person depending on the abdominal deformation.
  19. Abdominoplasty is not possible without any scar.
  20. Patients, who are not pleased with the shape of their abdominal region, do not pay attention to the scar after they get a brand new abdominal region following the operation.
  21. You should be a little patient for the scar to lose its visibility in colour or lose its colour. The change in colour is observed after 6 months. This period of time is different for everyone since each individual has a different skin characteristic.  For some it takes 6 months, for some it takes 9 months whereas for others it may take 12 months.
  22. Scars don't vanish completely. However, they acquire the skin colour and are barely visible after a certain period of time.
  23. You can have permanent makeup application for the scars.
  24. You should rest for 7 to 12 days upon your discharge from the hospital. This period of time can be 7 or 12 days depending on the person. We recommend you to take the necessary time off from your work.
  25. You will be informed of your examination date, first bathing date and other necessary information upon your discharge from the hospital. Do not remove your corset without consulting your doctor. You shouldn't take a bath without having been informed of it by your doctor.
  26. You can do your walking exercises without forcing yourself after you are discharged from the hospital. 2 months of time is required for the intensive physical exercises. You will be informed of these by your surgeon during your checkups.
  27. The initial major swelling and bruises need 1 month to heal.
  28. General swellings will heal in 6 months after your operation.
  29. 6 months is necessary for your abdominal region to take its general form. You will start seeing the real form of your abdominal region after this time.
  30. The catguts used for suturing the incisions are of self-decomposing type. At each checkup, your surgeon will determine a date for the following checkup.
  31. For persons who recently had childbirth, the operation is performed after one year of time.
  32. Direction of each surgeon may be different depending on the deformation of each abdominal region. An operation suggested for one may not be suitable for you. All of your questions have their answers in your surgeon.