A tummy tuck involves correcting a sagging abdomen. Due to weight loss, pregnancy or aging, your abdominal wall can weaken so much that a ‘hanging belly’ occurs. This can be corrected by removing excess skin, removing excess fat and possibly contracting muscle. Our plastic surgeons will be happy to assist you in a personal consultation where they will answer all your questions and work with you to determine which treatment options suit you best.
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The treatment process
What is the treatment process for a tummy tuck?
120 – 180 minutes
7 – 14 days
During the initial consultation, you will discuss your needs and expectations with the plastic surgeon. De chirurg vertelt u welke opties er zijn (zoals een mini-buikwandcorrectie of grote buikwandcorrectie, of liposuctie) en welk resultaat u kunt verwachten. The attending plastic surgeon will explain how a tummy tuck works. The entire treatment process will be discussed and you will be informed in detail about the different options, the pros and cons of the tummy tuck, aftercare, risks of and possible complications after the surgery. In addition, it will be discussed whether your personal wishes fit your initial situation.
In this conversation, you can also ask you all your questions about tummy tuck.
Wij vinden het belangrijk om u tijdens het consult goed te informeren over het te behalen resultaat, de risico’s en mogelijke complicaties, zodat u een weloverwogen beslissing kunt nemen. Uiteindelijk staan uw wensen en tevredenheid over het resultaat van de behandeling bij ons voorop.
A consultation is subject to a €100 consultation fee. These will be deducted from the final price of the treatment.
Een buikwandcorrectie wordt altijd uitgevoerd onder algehele verdoving. The entire operation takes 2 to 3 hours. De behandelend plastisch chirurg maakt tijdens de ingreep een horizontale incisie net boven de schaamstreek en vlak onder de bikinilijn. Vanuit die plek wordt de huid en het vet tot aan de ribbenboog losgemaakt. Bij een grote buikwandcorrectie verplaatst de plastisch chirurg ook de navel. Wanneer de buikspieren zijn uitgerekt naar de zijkant (een diastase), brengt de plastisch chirurg deze weer samen op de oorspronkelijke plaats en worden deze gehecht (reven). De overtollige huid en het vet worden verwijderd. After surgery, fluid may drip from the wound. To drain the wound fluid properly, two thin tubes (drains) are inserted. When hardly any fluid drips from the wound, the tubes are removed.
To ensure that we can intervene immediately in case of any complications and to relieve you in the first important hours after the procedure, we recommend staying in the hospital overnight in most cases. The first day after the tummy tuck, it is important that you take bed rest and do not exert yourself. You should wear compression garments, a tight corset or pants for six weeks to support the abdominal wall during recovery. After two weeks, you will come for a check-up and the surgeon will remove all sutures. For six weeks after treatment, you should not do any heavy lifting or intense exercise. The total recovery period for a tummy tuck is 4 to 6 weeks. After that, you can resume all activities.
For the first six weeks, the scars are swollen and red. After that, this gradually decreases. The complete healing process of scars takes one to one and a half years. To promote this process, we recommend using a good scar cream and exposing your scars to UV radiation as little as possible. To promote the wound healing process, we advise you not to smoke for six weeks before and six weeks after surgery. This reduces the risk of bleeding and other complications. We also recommend that you do not drink alcohol one week before and one week after surgery.
The risks of a tummy tuck are minimal, but with any surgery, there is always a chance of complications. As with any surgery, there is a small chance of complications. Common risks are: The general risks are:
- delayed wound healing
- allergic reactions
Specific complications that exceptionally occur with abdominoplasty are:
- numb spot in the abdomen
- fat accumulation at the hips (“dog ears”)
Any numbness disappears after a while. Fat accumulation at the hips becomes visible at a later stage and, in most cases, recedes over time. Should this not happen, it can be removed under local anesthesia.
What does a tummy tuck cost?
At Blooming Plastic Surgery, we understand that cost is an essential factor when undergoing a tummy tuck. That’s why we strive to make our treatments affordable while consistently providing top quality and care to all of our patients, so you get the excellent results you deserve.
At Blooming Plastic Surgery, our prices for a tummy tuck start at $5 ,230. This price covers the transformation process from start to finish – consultations, anesthesia and aftercare are all included in this price. Depending on the complexity of your procedure and your personal specifications, the total cost may vary.