Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
There is hardly any other area of the body
that can be shaped with sports and muscle training
as effectively as our tummies.
However, there are limits to what we can achieve, especially when there is too much fat and skin, resulting in the tissue being no longer able to contract and tighten to a sufficient extent. This is where plastic surgery comes into play...
My new look:
A slim and tight tummy.
Abdominoplasty removes the sagging and loose tummy skin so that the tummy no longer hangs over the belt when sitting down. It becomes tight, creating a slim body shape. Tighter-fitting clothing is often necessary.
If you have any further questions or would like to learn more about a specific procedure, feel free to email us or arrange for us to call you back or make an appointment for a comprehensive personal consultation at our plastic surgery practice.
How is the procedure performed?
To a certain extent, the tummy can be made slimmer and reshaped by means of liposuction. If the tummy skin hangs down even when standing upright, however, liposuction alone is not sufficient. The tummy skin needs to be tightened downwards by making a slightly arched incision going horizontally above the pubic hairline towards the hip bone. The abdominal muscles are reinforced with sutures. This is referred to as a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty. The scar runs below the bikini line so that it is hidden.
Abdominoplasty is often performed in combination with liposuction.
Frequently asked questions about abdominoplasty
- Lie and sleep on your back with your chest in slightly elevated position.
- Avoid any physical effort and excessive arm movements.
- Take at least 1 week before returning to work.
- Avoid any sporting activities, sauna and strenuous activities for 8 weeks after the surgery.
- You will need to wear a compression garment or a girdle for 6 weeks to support the abdominal wall.
- Avoid medications that increase the tendency to bleed (e.g. medicines containing acetylsalicylic acid, such as aspirin or ASS) 15 days prior to the surgery.
- Stop smoking 2 weeks prior to the surgery! Smoking contributes to circulatory disorders and poor wound healing!
- If the surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, arrange for someone to pick you up at the hospital or practice after the surgery and to stay with you at home.
- After abdominoplasty, you will need to wear a broad girdle that has to be adjusted prior to the surgery.
- After liposuction, you will need to wear a compression garment that has to be adjusted prior to the surgery.
Complete abdominoplasty: 2 days of inpatient stay.
Partial abdominoplasty: Outpatient procedure is possible.
Liposuction on the tummy: Outpatient procedure is possible.
Complete abdominoplasty: The surgery takes about 3 to 4 hours and costs about EUR 4,500 to EUR 6,000.
Partial abdominoplasty: The surgery takes about 2 to 2.5 hours and costs about EUR 2,500 to EUR 3,500.
Liposuction on the tummy: The liposuction takes about 1.5 to 3.5 hours and costs about EUR 2,000 to EUR 4,000.
We will be happy to find the optimum financing option for you together with our partner MEDIPAY.
What type of anaesthesia is used?
We perform large-scale abdominoplasty and liposuction exclusively under general anaesthesia or twilight sedation. Small-scale procedures can also be performed under local anaesthesia.
What risks are associated with the procedure?
The possible risks of abdominoplasty include poor wound healing accompanied by circulatory disorders of the skin, swelling, infection, thrombosis, embolism and accumulation of liquid in the tissue. All these occur very rarely.
Temporary numbness of the tummy skin always occurs, but it will go away again. In isolated cases, the scar can be somewhat wider, which can usually be corrected in a scar revision surgery.
Will my stretch marks disappear after the procedure?
Yes, but only in the skin area that is removed.
What is the difference between complete and partial abdominoplasty?
In “complete” abdominoplasty, the entire abdominal wall up to the lower edge of the costal arch is detached and then pulled downwards, which involves cutting around and repositioning the navel. In “partial” abdominoplasty, the tummy skin is only detached up to the navel. The navel itself is not repositioned. In simplified terms, the size of the tummy determines which method is indicated.