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Liposuction-assisted tummy tuck surgery with navel-new implantation (Lipoabdominoplasty with Saldanha's technique)

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Abdominoplasty, known more commonly as a “tummy tuck”, is a major surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and if necessary to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. The procedure can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen. But abdominoplasty one should bear in mind, does produce a permanent scar, which, depending on the extent of the original problem and the surgery required to correct it, can extend from hip to hip. The best results are to be seen by a combination with a liposuction ( Liposuction-assisted Tummy Tuck surgery).

The best candidates for abdominoplasty are women or men who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise and patients with deformities of the abdominal wall after great loss of weight. The surgery is particularly helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies, have streched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal. Loss of skin elasticity in older patients, which frequently occurs with slight obesity, can also be improved. Thousands of abdominoplasties are performed successfully each year. When done by a qualified surgeon who is trained in body contouring, the results are generally quite positive. Neverless, there are always risks associated with surgery and specific complications associated with this procedure.

To minimize postoperative complications and problems we perform the operation as Lipoabdominoplasty with the modern Saldanha's technique. This technique results in a better body silhouette and avoids the sectioning of the so called "Perforant abdominal blood vessels" wich are essential for the abdominal blood supply.

Post-operativ complications such as infection and blood clots are rare, but can occur. Infection can be treated with drainage and antibiotics. You can minimize the risk of blood clots by moving around as soon as possible after the surgery. Smokers are advised to stop, as smoking may increase the risk of complications and delay healing. Complete abdominoplasty usually takes three to five hours, depending on the extent of work required. Most commonly, the incision is performed from hipbone to hipbone, just above the pubic area. A second incision is made to free the navel from surrounding tissue.

For the first few days, the abdomen will probably be swollen and you’re likely to feel some pain and discomfort which can be controlled by medication. Most people return to work after one week. Abdominoplasty, normally, produces excellent results for patients with weakened abdominal muscles or excess skin. And in most cases, the results are long lasting, if you follow a balanced diet and exercise regularly.

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Be careful

Following your physician's instructions is key to the success of your surgery. It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, swelling, abrasion or motion during the time of healing. Dr. Michel will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself. Additionally it is of major importance to comply with the rules of the follow up intervals.

Costs of your operation

As aesthetic and reconstructive surgery is always a very individual procedure the costs can vary widely according to the extent of the operation. A concrete price note can be given with the first appointment.


If financing is desired the best is to contact your bank. German institutions financing beauty procedures might be available too.