The 2-hour tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, aims to achieve a flat, firm and beautiful stomach. Frequent reasons for a tummy tuck include a pregnancy or the results of extreme weight loss. This leads to a combination of excess skin and the additional loosening of the abdominal muscles, which usually enhances the round shape of the stomach.
First, all of the loose skin and tissue from the pubic area up to the ribs is mobilised. Then the muscles of the abdominal wall are rejoined using stable sutures, which tones the waist and considerably stabilises the anterior abdominal wall. Then the excess tissue is removed. The remaining skin on the upper abdomen is pulled down and the wound is closed using special barbed sutures that ensure it heals without tension.
The surgery is completed by placing the belly button in its new position. The lower scar is well concealed in the bikini zone. In some cases, the surgeon combines the tummy tuck with liposuction in the hip area to improve the shape.
The surgery takes about 2 hours and is performed under general anaesthesia. Thanks to state-of-the-art anaesthetics, the subsequent wake-up phase is gentle. After the surgery, the patient spends one night at the clinic for observation. Afterwards, all patients receive the mobile telephone number of the surgeon to ensure availability around the clock. Strenuous exercises should be avoided for 6 weeks. During this time, the patient wears special compression clothing. The first check-up is after 3–4 days, and the final check-up occurs after 12 weeks.
Tummy tucks are extremely low-risk if they are performed by an experienced specialist for aesthetic and plastic surgery. However, there is still a certain risk for complications during or after the operation. In very rare cases, wound healing disorders or unattractive scars can occur. Minor swelling or bruising occurs more frequently. However, this generally disappears by itself after a few days. The risk of side effects after the surgery can also be minimised if the patient follows the doctor’s instructions and adheres to the recovery period.
If the excess skin in the lower abdomen considerably limits a patient physically or causes them psychological stress, an application to cover the costs can be sent to the health insurance provider.
We would be happy to provide you with more detailed information about all important aspects of the tummy tuck, such as the procedure, aftercare, costs and risks during a personal consultation. We will also answer all your questions in detail and discuss the result you would like to achieve and the options available. Arrange an appointment either by telephone or using our contact form.