How do I know if I am a good candidate for a Tummy Tuck procedure?
Although only a qualified Cosmetic surgeon can determine if you are a good candidate for Tummy Tuck surgery, there are certain criteria:
- You must be in good physical health to be able to undergo surgery.
- You must have no wound healing disorders.
- You must be in a good state of mental health to undergo this
- You must be willing to accept having a scar, whether visible or hidden.
- You must not be pregnant.
- You must be at or near your target body fat percentage and not be
After my pregnancies I have my belly is loose but I have been told, I can fix it by working out and dieting? So why need abdominoplasty?
Exercise and proper diet are essential for everybody. They can definitely help in losing the extra weight that usually follows pregnacy-ies. But quite often are not enough to get back in shape. The reason is simple. The abdominal muscles are being pulled apart and get loose during pregnacy. This is not fully restored especially if multiple pregnancies or a quite heavy one is the case. So although you can make them hard by training you can not treat the “diastasis”.
Why not have Liposuction alone?
Although liposuction can treat effectively the extra-abdominal fat and in some cases “shrink” the redundant skin, it can not correct the muscle diastasis. This can only be treated by suturing the muscles back to their original position.
Are there many variations of abdominoplasty?
In aesthetic surgery every patient is treated differently so its natural to have a personalized approach that suits one needs. The choice is based on patients needs, patient expectations and patient limitations not on surgeon preferences. On some patients we will do a mini-abdominoplasty on others a proper abdominoplasty or even better a lipo-abdominoplasty.
What is the difference between mini and proper abdominoplasty?
In mini abdominoplasty we base our approach on liposuction, combined with muscle tightening and very minimal skin excision. Candidates for that approach are the ones with good skin quality and relative minimal laxity. Striae are a contraindication as they reflect very stretched skin and therefore skin that can not benefit from liposuction alone. The incision is like the caesarean one and serves as entrance for muscle laxity treatment. The skin to be removed is quite small and there is no transposition of the umbilicus.
You mentioned lipo – abdominoplasty. Its something i have not heard before…
Lipo-abdominoplasty is an approach that has been quite popular in Brazil since 2000 and gains popularity in Europe and USA every day. The concept is simple. We treat the waste area as a whole, meaning we perform liposuction to the flanks and thighs, we graft fat to reshape the body and of course we perform liposuction to the abdomen. We aim to slim the mid-body and avoid the strange look of a flat abdomen in between exaggerated flanks. Multiple studies show that there is no increase in complication rates, in fact this approach is related with less pain and quicker recovery.
I have heard that there is a lot of pain associated with the operation. Also how long does it take to recover?
This is a common myth. We perform lipo-abdominoplasty under epidural anesthesia. That approach has multiple benefits. One of these is the ability to leave the epidural catheter for the first 2 days of your hospital stay and provide you with pain relief medication. After that you can go home with minimal drugs like paracetamol or non-steroid antinflammatory drugs. In the next 2 weeks you can expect near complete recovery to your everyday life.
If I fly in for tummy tuck how long should I plan my stay for?
I would advice you on a minimum of 8 days stay in Rhodes. The day of your arrival we will meet and do the preoparative check. The next day you will be taken to theater and have your operation. You will then stay in the clinic for 2 days. After that i want you to stay for 5 days in a hotel near by. We will meet a few times after surgery to make sure everything is ok. Then you can fly back. Please have another week of in order to fully recover. Planning ahead of surgery is far more important than deciding to do it.
What if something happens when I return home?
Abdominoplasty is a major procedure and it has -as every operation- risks. You can learn about them on this link (abdominoplasty risks). With my out of Greece patients I do the following. I am a member of an International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons called ISAPS. They will provide you through me an insurance that states that if any complications occur after our surgery you will be treated free of charge by an ISAPS plastic surgeon of your country. You can learn more about it by following Isaps Insurance.