Abdominoplasty, more commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tighten the abdominal muscles. (1)
It has a slimming effect on the midsection, creating a tighter, flatter image in the area. It is commonly recommended to people who have recently experienced significant weight loss, such as after the birth of a child. It can also be used as a simple cosmetic operation to create an abdominal shape more in line with the patient’s desired body image.
To schedule a tummy tuck consultation, contact Dr. Dalia Tobbia at Plastische Chirurgie am Klosterstern in Hamburg. As one of the leading experts in abdominoplasty, she will work with you one-on-one to best ascertain your goals with the procedure and help you to realize them. With Dr. Dalia’s assistance, you will soon be on your way to the smooth, flat tummy of your dreams!
- 1 About the Abdomen
- 2 Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
- 3 Candidates for a Tummy Tuck
- 4 Advice & Treatment
- 5 Before Your Tummy Tuck
- 6 Tummy Tuck Procedure
- 7 Recovery & Results
- 8 How Much is a Tummy Tuck in Hamburg?
- 9 FAQ
- 10 References
About the Abdomen
Many people struggle with body confidence issues, and this is very often related to weight and the appearance of the abdomen. The problem is particularly true as we grow older, when weight becomes harder to lose. Medications such as antidepressants can result in weight gain which in turn feeds into negative body image. Similarly, multiple pregnancies can lead to a surplus of baby weight that proves stubborn and hard to shift.
There is also societal stigma attached to the image of an enlarged abdomen. And while nobody deserves to have their body shamed, it is not unreasonable to feel that the shape of your abdomen is not as you would like it to be. In contrast, a flat midsection is frequently seen as indicating health, vitality, vigor, and youth.
Like everything else, the abdomen must be proportional. Everyone has a different body type, and in turn, everyone has a level of stomach fat, or lack thereof, that is aesthetically pleasing. You must make sure that the procedure will retain a good balance with your hips, waist, chest, and, for women, breasts. This is also why liposuction is sometimes performed in conjunction with abdominoplasty, in order to create a more proportional and natural-looking end result.
What is Diastasis Recti?
Diastasis recti is a condition that many women experience during or after pregnancy. It occurs when the abdominal muscles, specifically the rectus abdominis, separate due to the stretching and weakening of the connective tissue that holds them together. This separation can result in a noticeable bulge in the midsection and can also contribute to core weakness and lower back pain.
At Plastische Chirurgie Hamburg, we understand the impact that diastasis recti can have on a woman’s self-esteem and overall well-being. Dr. Dalia specializes in helping women regain their pre-pregnancy bodies through the abdominoplasty procedure, which tightens and secures the rectus abdominis muscles restoring strength and functionality.
Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
- Improved Abdominal Contour: Say goodbye to stubborn excess skin and fat that may have been resistant to diet and exercise. Dr. Dalia’s technique will sculpt and reshape your abdomen, giving you a smoother, flatter, and more toned appearance.
- Tightened Abdominal Muscles: Pregnancy or significant weight loss can cause abdominal muscles to become weakened or separated. Dr. Dalia will repair and tighten these muscles during the abdominoplasty procedure, resulting in a stronger core and improved posture.
- Improved Posture and Back Support: By tightening the abdominal muscles and addressing any postural issues, abdominoplasty can provide improved support to your back, reducing strain and discomfort.
- Improved Physical Comfort: The removal of excess skin and fat can alleviate physical discomfort caused by chafing, rashes, or irritation. Experience a greater level of comfort in your day-to-day activities.
- Enhanced Ability to Exercise: With tightened abdominal muscles and reduced excess weight, you’ll find it easier to engage in physical activities and exercise routines. Achieve your fitness goals with greater ease and enjoyment.
- Boosted Overall Body Image: A flatter, firmer, and more sculpted abdomen can have a transformative effect on your overall body image. Enjoy an improved sense of self-esteem and satisfaction with your appearance.
When considering an abdominoplasty procedure, trust Dr. Dalia’s expertise and experience at Plastische Chirurgie Hamburg. Contact our practice today to learn more about how abdominoplasty can benefit you.
Candidates for a Tummy Tuck
Candidates for a tummy tuck should be in good health. One important aspect to note is that you must be a stable weight: if your weight fluctuates, or if you plan to lose a significant amount of weight in the near future, we recommend that you postpone your procedure until your weight has stabilized. Otherwise, you may be left with unsightly skin flaps following the procedure. (2) It is also preferable that candidates be either non-smokers or have recently quit smoking, or at the very least have taken a lengthy abstinence from smoking prior to the operation. Nicotine can lead to delayed healing of the tissue being operated on, and thus cigarettes, as well as nicotine patches and gums, should be avoided completely if you are considering an abdominoplasty.
Additionally, female candidates should be finished having children. (2) The operation can not be performed on pregnant women, and moreover, it is recommended that female candidates not plan to bear any further children. Your stomach muscles are tightened during a tummy tuck procedure, but future pregnancies can undo this.
Patients should also note that the procedure does leave a scar along the bikini line. The size depends on the amount of excess skin, but a successful procedure will leave minimal scarring that can be well hidden in the waistline of clothing.
Advice & Treatment
Dr. Dalia will work with you one-on-one to help you determine the outcome you want and the best way for you to get there. During your consultation, she will take the time to listen to your concerns and understand your medical history. This allows her to assess whether an abdominoplasty is the right procedure for you. She will carefully examine the condition of your abdominal muscles, skin elasticity, and the extent of excess fat and tissue in your abdominal area, all of which are crucial factors in determining the appropriate surgical approach.
It is important to note that while abdominoplasty is a commonly performed procedure, it may not be suitable for everyone. In some cases, patients with minimal excess fat and good muscle tone may benefit from alternative procedures such as liposuction or non-surgical body contouring treatments. Dr. Dalia will provide expert recommendations tailored specifically to your needs and goals.
Before Your Tummy Tuck
- Medication Management: As instructed by Dr. Dalia, discontinue the use of blood thinners, supplements, and any other medications that may interfere with the surgery. This step is essential to minimize the risk of excessive bleeding and complications during the procedure.
- Nicotine-Free Lifestyle: It is imperative to stop using nicotine in the weeks leading up to your surgery, as well as throughout your recovery period. Nicotine can impair healing and increase the chances of complications. By remaining nicotine-free, you enhance the body’s natural ability to heal and promote a successful outcome.
- Prescription Preparation: Prior to your surgery, make sure to fill any prescriptions for pain medication and antibiotics that have been prescribed by Dr. Tobbia. Having these medications on hand will enable you to manage any discomfort and reduce the risk of infection post-surgery.
- Supportive Network: Arrange for a reliable means of transportation and an escort to accompany you as general anesthesia will be used during your abdominoplasty. It’s essential to prioritize your safety and ensure a smooth journey back to your recovery space.
- Time Off and Rest: Plan for adequate time off from work and social commitments to allow yourself ample rest and recovery following the abdominoplasty procedure. This period of rest is crucial for optimizing your healing process and achieving the best possible outcome.
Tummy Tuck Procedure
During the procedure, Dr. Dalia will remove excess skin and fat from the abdominal area, resulting in a flatter and more toned appearance. She will make a horizontal incision above the pubic bone, carefully placing it low enough to be concealed by underwear or swimwear. This allows for optimal access to the underlying muscles and tissues.
If necessary, weakened or separated abdominal muscles will be repaired and tightened, restoring a firmer and more defined midsection. In addition to addressing the abdominal area, Dr. Dalia can also reshape the belly button to create a more aesthetically pleasing result. This may involve repositioning the belly button and removing any excess skin surrounding it.
Recovery & Results
The recovery timeline for abdominoplasty varies from patient to patient, but most individuals can expect to resume their regular activities within a few weeks. It is important to note that the full results of your abdominoplasty will gradually become more apparent as your body continues to heal over the following months.
To ensure your progress is closely monitored, you will have scheduled follow-up appointments with Dr. Dalia. During these visits, she will assess your healing, address any concerns, and provide personalized guidance for your postoperative care.
How Much is a Tummy Tuck in Hamburg?
The cost of an abdominoplasty varies depending on several factors unique to each patient. At Plastische Chirurgie am Klosterstern, we understand that every individual has different needs and goals when it comes to their aesthetic journey. Therefore, the techniques used during the surgery and the extent of the procedure will all contribute to an individualized cost.
If you’re ready to take the next step toward your aesthetic goals, we invite you to contact our practice at (040) 46 091 076 and schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Dalia. Alternatively, you can use this form to submit your request to our team.
Can I get a tummy tuck to lose weight?
Abdominoplasty is a popular choice for individuals who have experienced significant weight loss or have undergone pregnancy, as it effectively targets the post-pregnancy belly or the loose skin left behind after weight loss. It is important to note that while abdominoplasty can produce remarkable results, it is not intended to be a substitute for weight loss surgery or a solution for obesity. Ideal candidates for this procedure are in good health, maintain a stable weight, and have realistic expectations for their treatment.
How is a tummy tuck different from liposuction?
It differs from liposuction in that liposuction is just about removing fat from beneath the skin. Tummy tucks remove excess skin and fat, in addition to tightening the stomach. It is for this reason that tummy tucks and liposuction are often performed in conjunction with one another.
1. professional CC medical. Abdominoplasty (Tummy tuck): Risks, recovery. Cleveland Clinic. 2020. Accessed May 31, 2023. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/11017-abdominoplasty-tummy-tuck.
2. Regan J, Casaubon J. Abdominoplasty – StatPearls – NCBI Bookshelf. National Library of Medicine. July 25, 2022. Accessed May 31, 2023. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK431058/.