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Plastic surgery

Weight loss after bariatric operations is frequently dramatic and the disappearance of adipose tissue can lead to bothersome skin folds. This occurs above all in the stomach area, but also in the shoulders, thighs and buttocks. About 20% of bariatric surgery patients require plastic surgery after weight loss. It is not recommended to undergo plastic surgery less than one year after the bariatric surgery. We offer our patients the following post-bariatric plastic surgical operations:

Tummy tuck surgery

Tummy tuck surgery (Abdominoplasty) is a cosmetic surgery procedure for women and men who lost a significant amount of weight or for women who have been pregnant. The surgery takes 2–3 hours and plastic surgeon removes excess skin and fat from the mid and lower abdomen. Types of Tummy Tucks:

  • Standard Full Tummy Tuck (Full Abdominoplasty) – is an excellent operation for women or men who have loose skin above and below the belly button that does not go away with weight loss or exercise.
  • Mini Tummy Tuck (Mini-Abdominoplasty) – is a smaller operation than a standard full tummy tucks, with a shorter scar, and the belly button is not released or moved. It is advised for clients whose skin laxity and muscle weakness problems are limited to the area below the belly button.
  • Extended Tummy Tuck (Extended Abdominoplasty) – is similar to a standard full tummy tuck, but the incision is extended to include excision of skin and fat from the areas of hip and lower back. This longer incision enables the plastic surgeon to deal with bulging and excess skin of areas of your hips and back that aren’t addressed in a standard abdominoplasty technique.

After the tummy tuck surgery you will stay for 2-3 nights at the surgical department, this is already included in the price of your cosmetic surgery package.

Drains are removed before the patient leaves the hospital but when possible, patient can have them removed five days after surgery in the local health center.

Patient should have the opportunity for follow-up inspections at home. Wound inflammation may occur, especially in patients with weight loss. It would be good if there is some kind of a local nurse who could monitor patient and if necessary, to make pictures, so we could give advice.

Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast Reduction Surgery is advised for women who have heavy and large breasts. Due to this fact many of them suffer from physical pain and embarrassment before surgery. The surgery can be performed from the late teens into the 70s. Usually plastic surgeons advise to undergo breast reduction in case when a client doesn’t plan any more pregnancies in the future. Breast Reduction is performed under general anaesthetic and the surgery takes 2–3 hours. The plastic surgeon removes excess fat, glandular tissue and skin that contribute to large, pendulous breasts. In order to achieve the desired shape, the surgeon makes anchor-like incisions, creating a vertical line downwards from the areola (the coloured area around the nipple) and the horizontal line beneath breast. The areola, its blood vessels and nerves are repositioned together in most cases. The vertical incisions are brought together to reshape the now smaller breasts. Occasionally, in significant reductions, it might be necessary to separate the areola totally and relocate it. The size of the areola can also be reduced, if needed. The plastic surgeon will make the decision as to the most appropriate technique to use. The scars will not be visible in clothing or most swimwear. Immediately after the surgery the scars will be red, firm and raised. The scars will mature, fade, and soften within 3–12 months. Many scars fade and become nearly invisible, but other scars may become wide and raised. Final scar appearance cannot be predicted prior to surgery.

For breast reduction abroad an overnight stay at the clinic is required – usually 1-2 nights, which is already included in the price of your cosmetic surgery package.

Patient should have the opportunity for follow-up inspections at home. Wound inflammation may occur, especially in patients with weight loss. It would be good if there is some kind of a local nurse who could monitor patient and if necessary, to make pictures, so we could give advice.