Abdominoplasty / tummy tuck
Pregnancy or weight loss can cause the tummy to sag causing distress to patients who find they do not feel comfortable naked or dressed or can’t wear fashionable clothes.
Abdominoplasty will tighten muscles that have been separated and weakened by child birth or weight loss and in some cases may improve the appearance of stretch marks, especially below the navel but this cannot be guaranteed in all cases.
There are many variations both to the design of the incisions and the technique itself. In some instances, it may be possible to avoid an incision around the navel. When the amount of loose skin is minimal and the excess fat deposits are located below the navel, a short horizontal incision is all that is necessary. This procedure is called a full or mini Abdominoplasty.
Often liposuction is to be used in conjunction with the Abdominoplasty to remove abdominal fat. Fortunately, significant complications from Abdominoplasty are infrequent.
Every year, many thousands of patient’s undergo successful Abdominoplasty with very few experiencing major problems. It is one of the few procedures producing consistently high patient satisfaction rates.
To get optimal results and avoid complications we recommend you to avoid stress, stay out of the sun, eat healthily, keep your weight within a normal BMI range, exercise regularly, and refrain from alcohol for 2 days prior to surgery and 2 weeks after surgery. Please refrain from smoking for at least 1 week before surgery and a minimum of 2 weeks after surgery as smoking can interfere with the final result.
Downtime following surgery
Heavy physical exercise and strenuous body movement or lifting must not be undertaken for a minimum of 2 weeks following the surgery. You can still move and do normal everyday things the day after surgery. The final results will emerge between 3 to 6 months following surgery. There is very rarely disappointment in the patient’s perception of the success of the surgery.
Where to stay:
If you live some distance from the clinic we recommend that you spend one night in or near Oslo Plastic Surgery Clinic so that our caring staff are on hand to reassure you should any issue arise that will cause you concern. Oslo Plastic Surgery Clinic can highly recommend 2 hotels nearby to our clinic:
Contact us for more information and/or for booking the hotel.
We will require you to come to the clinic for a follow up check. With all surgery this is important as your surgeon needs to see how you are settling.
We do not recommend you fly for 48 hours post surgery. You may feel nauseous and tired in the hours following surgery. It is important to take your painkillers and drink enough fluids.
You may experience dizziness if you get up quickly from a chair or perhaps when you are lying in bed, so be sensible, take it easy and move slowly. This is quite normal following surgery and should pass within a couple of days.
After 2- 3 days can you remove the special bandage applied during surgery, but keep the skin protection tape on the scar for two weeks. You will be provided with a compression garment which you will be required to use for 6 weeks after surgery day and night, 7 days a week. Your stomach may feel tight and sensitive to the touch, and your skin may feel warm or itchy.
After the tape is removed at your two week check-up, you can shower but put on a new tape over the incision area. We recommend that the scars are taped with a skin protection tape each time you shower for a period of two months.
Follow ups will be carried out at the clinic/alternatively through phone or video consultation:
1 day after surgery, after 1-2 weeks, after 3-6 months and finally after 1 year when our guarantee to you is completed.
Bleeding and infection are unusual and if they do occur they may need to be treated with a small operation and/or an antibiotic. Asymmetry and broad scar formation can occur. If corrections are needed they will be scheduled free of charge within one year after your surgery.
Anaesthesia allergy is extremely rare.