Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty is a procedure that removes fatty tissues and skin. The scar is located in the lower abdomen, just above the pubis. This scar is similar to that of a caesarean section.
A mini abdominal tuck is only done in the area below the navel. There is therefore no scar within the belly button. The abdominal muscles are brought back to just below it and a small length of skin is removed. This procedure is ideal for excess skin and abdominal muscle problems below the navel.

When the excess skin and the problem with abdominal muscles are located above the navel, an extended tummy tuck is required. This leaves a scar in the lower abdomen, but also around the navel. The scar is carried deep into the navel (and not on the outside edge as frequently occurs) using a special technique that leaves it barely visible.

Oedema (swelling) of the skin above the scar is frequent after the intervention. This is temporary and disappears after the healing of the lymphatic system. If the abdominal muscles are sutured in the midline, wearing a support girdle is required for four to six weeks and no heavy lifting for six weeks. Tobacco, diabetes and excess body weight increases the risk of problems with wound healing. If the scar does not heal properly, home care for cleaning the wound may be needed. An extended tummy tuck can partially be reimbursed by your medical insurance if functional impairment is recognized.

In practice:
Pain: A tummy tuck is painless because the skin above the scar is insensitive during the few weeks following surgery. If the abdominal muscles have to be sutured next to each other, they can be sensitive for 5 days.
Convalescence: A tummy tuck requires a minimum of 24 hours observation in order to control blood loss. After which a 2-week rest must always be observed. After 2 to 4 weeks, office work can be resumed but without any effort by the abdominal muscles. Up to 6 weeks, nothing more than 10 kg in weight can be lifted. The skin above the scar may remain swollen for longer, especially if the patient returns to work too soon.
Risks: A tummy tuck always includes a risk of infection. Fatty tissue under the skin is sensitive to infection and can react. Smoking, diabetes and additional interventions such as liposculpture of the thighs increase the risk. If inflammation occurs and scars reopen, extra home care will be needed for 2 months to heal the wound.
Postoperative Care: During the first 2 weeks, a district nurse will come to treat the wound. Avoid swimming or taking a bath for 4 weeks. A support girdle must be worn day and night for 6 weeks.


Cost Price

Tummy tuck (1 night in hospital) 4.400€
Mini tummy tuck 3.000€

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