Abdominal skin sagging requiring abdominoplasty usually occurs in women. In addition, sagging and loosening occur in men due to deformation in the abdominal and belly skin and muscles as a result of excessive weight gain. The most important factor in women is previous pregnancies.

The muscles are separated from each other by the tearing of the tissues between the muscles that make the anterior abdominal wall and keep the internal organs inside and make the abdomen look flat. With the push of the organs from the inside, the abdomen appears to be protruding and sagging. Significant weight loss also causes the abdominal skin to loosen and sag.

If your abdomen is not only fattened, but also if the muscles are opened and sagged, it is possible to achieve a brand new appearance with “abdominoplasty” surgery. With abdominal stretching surgery, the expanding front wall of the abdomen at the end of pregnancy is narrowed, the abdominal muscles that are loosened and opened are tightened, the excess of the sagging abdominal skin is removed with fat.

How is (Abdominoplasty) tummy tuck surgery performed?

Tummy tuck surgery may take 2–5 hours depending on the procedure. An incision line is often made, which can be hidden under underwear and is 8–10 cm below the navel and above the pubis hairy area. Think of it as a slightly longer cesarean scar. A second incision is made to transfer the belly button around the navel. After the operation is over, the incision line is closed under the skin with hidden stitches and covered with dressings. One or two tubes called drains are placed in order to take out the excess liquid that will be collected in the area.

What should be considered before abdominoplasty?

During this period, our consultants will remind you of some points to be followed. If you smoke, you should take a break from 2 weeks before to two weeks after abdominoplasty. During this period, you should not stay in the sun much. If you are using it, take a break from vitamin E and aspirin during this period and avoid heavy diet regimens before surgery. A cold or another infection can cause the surgery to be delayed. A drawing will be made to plan the details of the procedure to be performed before abdominoplasty. Following this, the photo shoots required to compare the pre-operative and postoperative periods will be completed.


In the planning of the abdominal stretching operation, the elasticity of the abdominal skin, the degree of sagging in the skin and the degree of relaxation in the abdominal wall muscles are very important factors. The procedures to be carried out are decided by considering these factors. Surgeries such as mini abdominoplasty or liposuction, which are simpler procedures, may be considered for people who do not have excess sagging and cracks in the abdominal skin.

Can I get pregnant after abdominal aesthetics?

This surgery neither prevents you from getting pregnant nor creates a problem during pregnancy. But after the birth, your belly will relax a little again.

When can I have a tummy tuck surgery after childbirth?

The ideal time for tummy tuck is the end of the first year. In this time; mother loses the weight she can lose and the degree of sagging and cracks are fully revealed. Tummy tuck operation does not pose a problem for later pregnancies. However, if a new pregnancy is planned in a very recent date, it is useful to postpone this surgery. It is better to take into account that new deformations will occur in a new pregnancy and to leave the treatment after the second pregnancy.

When is the best time for surgery in patients with abdominal deformation result of weight gain and loss?

It is useful to do your tummy tuck surgery at the end of the weight loss process. Thus, it is possible to see and treat the entire deformation. However, sometimes supporting patients who have made a certain stage in the weight loss process with surgery increases their adaptation to the weight loss process.

Can I have a second tummy tuck surgery?

You can safely have a second tummy tuck surgery 1 year after your previous surgery. But in this second operation, if you want to remove your fat, we remind you that very limited fat can be removed from the abdomen and waist area in this operation. Since this area was removed from the floor in the surgery performed with the previous classical technique, the blood circulation is considered to be below normal and abrasive procedures such as fat removal are not performed if possible.

Can liposuction be done with abdominoplasty?

Yes, it can be done. You can call us for combined surgeries. Please check liposuction page.

What is done after the surgery?

In the first few days, there may be swelling and pain in the abdomen that can be controlled with painkillers. Drains are removed 1-3 days on average and stitches are removed after 1 week. You need to stay in the hospital for an average of 1-3 days. It may take several months for  feel as before.

You can return to work after 2-4 weeks. The scar may appear to worsen for the first 3-6 months, but this is normal, it may take 9 months to 1 year for the scars to flatten and fade. Your tummy tuck surgery scar can be easily hidden in underwear. The thin pink line will gradually become white. By using scar creams and silicone bands recommended by your doctor, you can make the abdominal surgery scar as less noticeable as possible. Partial or full abdominoplasty procedures create excellent results for patients with abdominal muscle weakness or serial sagging. In most patients, excellent results can be maintained for years with regular exercise and diet.

What Are the Risks of Abdominoplasty?

Every surgical procedure has a certain amount of risk. It is essential to compare the risks and benefits of the surgery in the person’s acceptance of the surgical procedure. Even if many women or men do not experience the following complications, discuss with your plastic surgeon the risks, possible complications, and consequences until you are sure you understand. Complications such as infection and bleeding are rare in this surgery, which is performed by a plastic surgeon in good preoperative examination and evaluation, under appropriate hospital conditions.

The infection is treated with antibiotics and draining the abscess if abscess has occurred, but it may prolong the hospital stay. Delay in wound healing or poor wound healing may occur and result in scarring. In these conditions, a second surgery may be required. Complications in skin loss and wound healing are more common in smokers.

What are the Long Term Effects?

Due to aging, pregnancy and weight gain and loss, body contour changes may develop outside the operation area.