What is abdominal wall and its structure?
The abdominal wall is a structure consisting of muscle groups and membranes winding up and protecting the internal organs like a cylinder. In addition, it controls the movements of these muscle groups and turning and movements of the body. The frontal section of this abdominal wall consists of two muscles lying side by side starting from the bottom of chest to the groin. These muscles are called Rectus Abdominis. The rectus muscles allows the body to move forward and the weakest place of the abdominal wall is the thick membrane lying between two rectus muscles.
What are the Deformations created by the Pregnancy on the Abdominal Wall?
Especially at the last months of pregnancy period, the stomach enlarges significantly. The women with excessive weight gain or abdominal structure with insufficient strenght have an enlarging abdominal wall. In addition, the membrane holding the rectus muscles are torn and the muscles move away from each other, creating a space inbetween. This situation is called rectus diyastas.
Especially after repating pregnancies, the abdomen extends forward between the rectus muscles and widens. The abdomen with increased volume delays the feeling of fullness and the abdomen comes more forward after excessive eating. This situation both causes the abdomen to sag and obesity. Thus, the skin sags.
As a result, the widening of abdomen characterized over the bellybutton and skin sagging under the bellybutton arises as a permanent problem.
What are the Problems caused by the Abdomen Sagging?
The most important problem is the unavoidable weight gain and obesity. These patients feel thinner and in form at the mornings as their abdomens are emptied during the night. Yet, the abdomen moves forward with the first meal and the abdomen sags.
While the person will appear older and out of form more than he/she is because of abdominal sagging and the movability of the person decreases with excessive weight gain.
The abdominal sagging will especially cause women to dislike their bodies, to have less self confidence and to avoid having their body from drawing attention.
The surgery ensuring the collection of sagging abdominal skin and recovering the abdominal muscles going apart from each other and extending outside is called ‘Abdominoplasty’.
This surgery is conducted with general anesthesia and approximately takes 2 hours. If an additional process is to be conducted, this period may increase. The patients shall be hospitalized for 2 days.
In this surgery, the deformed abdominal muscles are reached with an incision similar to caesarian incision but longer. These muscles are stitched to each other on length and their segregation is fixed. This process is called ‘Rectus Plication’. This process ensures that the patient is distinguishable thinner. The excessive skin causing sagging and looseness is taken and the problem of sagging is eliminated.
The abdomen lifting surgery may be conducted as minimized or in complete. The determining factor for the choice of surgery type is the amount of looseness on rectus muscles and amount of sagging of the skin.
In the complete stretching surgery, an incision is made on the bellybutton, the separated muscles are brought together and the tissue is taken out.
In the minimized stretching surgery, the process is only applied to the section under the bellybutton; the bellybutton is taken from its place.
What Will Be Your Experience Day By Day ?
1st Day: You will not be in great pain. Your bed will have its head and foot section lifted slightly because of the surgery. You will eat a little and have water on 3rd hour. It is requested that you feed with liquid on the first day. You will walk on 6th hour. It is suggested that you keep you waist inclined forward on your first walk.
2nd Day: You will be asked to move all the time. You will be asked to walk frequently for recovering faster. You may ear normally and fulfill your basic needs.
3rd Day: You may be discharged after the control of the doctor and the extraction of the drainages.
Next Period: It is suggested you use a special corset for 4-6 weeks after being discharged. You should not lift anything heavy for that period. You must walk an hour a day for obtaining a form in a faster way. You should start using silicone band for healing the marks on the 3rd week.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which patients should have abdomen lifting surgery?
The patients who have abdomen sagging after repeating pregnancies are especially suitable for the abdomen lifting surgery.
Does the abdomen lifting surgery leave any mark?
A mark similar to caesarian incision is left after the abdomen lifting surgery. This mark is located under your underwear.
Can people get pregnant after the abdomen lifting surgery?
You may be pregnant 2 years after the abdomen lifting surgery.
Do I experience sagging again after pregnancy after abdomen lifting surgery?
The abdomen lifting surgery is conducted for the treatment of abdomen sagging arising from pregnancy and giving birth. Therefore, a delivery to be experienced after the abdomen lifting surgery will cause sagging and deformation on the abdomen wall.
Can the abdomen lifting surgery ensure weight loss?
One of the most important processes to be conducted for the abdomen lifting surgery is rectus plication. The rectus plication puts the stomach under stress and ensures that the patient eats less and fills full earlier than before. Thanks to this, it is possible to lose weight with the abdomen lifting surgery.
Do I walk inclined after the abdomen lifting surgery? When will I recover?
After the surgery, you return to your normal life in the early period and you are not obliged to walk inclined.