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Circumferential Abdominoplasty (the Belt Lipectomy) in Istanbul, Turkey

What Is meant by the term Circumferential Abdominoplasty?

Often seen as an elite re-contouring procedure, the circumferential abdominoplasty will address the same issues as the extended abdominoplasty. However, with this procedure, excess skin on the lower back can be removed and the buttocks elevated at the same time.

When would a Circumferential Abdominoplasty be recommended?

Very often this procedure is used for patients who have lost significant amounts of weight, for instance after they've had bariatric surgery after a diagnosis of morbid obesity, with the resulting weight loss being over 70 pounds or more. The other reason that this procedure is requested is where there has been pregnancy or multiple pregnancies that have led to laxity of the skin and skin hanging or sagging in the abdomen, from the buttocks and over the flanks the hips and the lower back area. In the most severe cases of this, nothing other than this type of procedure is likely to achieve the desired result.

What Is the procedure for a Circumferential Abdominoplasty?

As with an extended abdominoplasty, the procedure is performed in a very similar way although for this procedure the patient will lie on one side and the incisions will be carried out to end the middle point of the back, Just between the cleft of the buttocks before being moved to the other side. The patient may also be operated on while they're on their stomach and then later in the operation turned over so that they're lying on their back.

The circumferential abdominoplasty is an effective procedure and quite often the results achieved by surgery would make you make you doubt that you were looking at that torso of the same person.

These are the 7 steps that will be carried out too perform a circumferential abdominoplasty:

First step

The patient’s skin will be marked to guide the surgeon on the amount of skin that is to be removed and the initial incision will be made. According to how much skin is planned to be removed the belly button may also be marked as it will be temporarily detached and repositioned after the operation, while the abdominal skin is being lifted, but will not be completely removed.

Second Step

The skin of the abdomen will be lifted off the wall of the abdomen to reveal the musculature of the abdomen. The area to be dissected will extend to the flanks at this time.

Third Step

The musculature of the abdominal wall will be tightened using running sutures and the muscle will be brought in to meet at the midline.

Step Four

Now any excess skin will be elevated and pulled down. The area to be respected will previously been marked and this skin will now be removed along with the original how to the belly button which will now be below the line to be re-sected.

Step Five

Next the wound in the flank will be exposed and the skin will be moved below and above and the excess trimmed following which the wound will be closed. The patient will be turned on their side and the procedure repeated on the other side.

Step six

When the procedure is completed the wounds will be dressed and the patient will be turned over on to the other side so that any excess flank skin can be removed.

Step seven

To finish the procedure will be done again on the left side and the final closure and suturing will be done.

Who would be an ideal candidate for a circumferential tummy tuck?

This kind of tummy tuck is primarily aimed at removing excess tissue and loose skin from the abdominal area, the waist, from the lower back and from the buttocks. It can achieve a complete transformation for a patient, particularly after they've undergone a very considerable weight loss. Patients may be considered a good candidate for this surgery if:

  • They are physically healthy and emotionally stable.
  • If they have undergone the bariatric surgery for their morbid obesity.
  • If they have lost 70 pounds or more in weight.
  • If They have a lot of excess skin and that deposit's in an area that is difficult to address with toning such as the outer thighs, the abdomen in the buttocks.
  • They are realistic in what they expect surgery to be able to achieve for them.

It is important to know that patients who have only a moderate amount of abdominal excess fat or skin may not be suitable candidates for this type of surgery. In fact, the surgery could be described as having been specifically exclusively for patients who have formerly been morbidly obese and after weight loss needs have extra skin and fat removed as well as muscle toning to return the body to an aesthetically pleasing shape. When you have a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons who are all board certified, you will be examined thoroughly and he will decide whether or not this procedure is the best one for you.

How is This type of tummy tuck carried out?

This procedure will be carried out under general anaesthetic. As described above, a belt type incision will be made around the waist and the surgeon using liposuction and other techniques will remove the excess fat and skin from areas of the abdomen, around the waist, from the lower back and any other areas that require treatment.

We have domino muscles of fans to have separated or be loose they will be tightened and the navel will be re-sited. It takes on average around four to six hours to carry out this type of surgery. Once the surgery is complete a patient will then be taken to the recovery room to ensure that they’re stable before they are transferred to their private hospital room.

Circumferential tummy tuck - recovery

There is no doubt that this type of surgery is major surgery and following the operation a patient will usually be required to remain in hospital for two to four nights. At the time of surgery drainage tubes will have been inserted so that any excess fluid can be drained from the incision site. A patient will be asked to refrain from showering until the tubes have been removed, this could be between one and two weeks after they've had their surgery. Bruising and swelling and some discomfort is very common following this type of procedure.

You will be prescribed pain medication as well as a course of antibiotics to guard against any infection. You will also be encouraged to start moving about and walk around slowly as soon as you can, to reduce any risk of a blood clot forming. After this procedure most patients would be able to go back to Sam light activity within about four weeks. You should be very careful however, to listen to what your plastic surgeon tells you as to the timing of resuming any strenuous activity.

The circumferential abdominoplasty is a major surgical procedure and can achieve marvellous results for patients whose lives have been blighted by loose skin after they've lost significant amounts of weight. please have a look at our before and after photographs to see if yourself what can be achieved.

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