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Tummy tuck in Alicante


In Spain, abdominoplasty is one of the most recurrent surgeries, second only to breast augmentation. This type of intervention is indicated for those who want to improve the appearance of their abdomen. Due to noticeable weight loss, age or several pregnancies, women undergo abdominoplasty to correct sagging skin and achieve its resection.

It is an operation that not only changes the physical appearance, but also helps to remove those complexes that make everyday life a little more difficult.

What is a tummy tuck?

Abdominoplasty or dermolipectomy is a cosmetic surgery operation used to correct defects in the skin, muscles and fat in the abdominal area in order to improve the physical appearance.

This technique can also be combined with liposuction of the hips and/or thighs to achieve a slimmer and more harmonious body contour.

The aim of abdominoplasty surgery is to remove abdominal fat and excess skin and, therefore, to obtain a reduction of the abdomen to leave a flatter stomach, thus achieving a slimmer body.

Who can undergo abdominal surgery?

Abdominoplasty is one of the surgical procedures that has the greatest impact on a person, both physically and mentally. The ideal candidates for this procedure are all those who, despite having a good figure, have an accumulation of fat or excess skin in the abdominal area.

It is also useful for women who have had several pregnancies. After the skin has fallen and the muscles have relaxed, the skin does not regain its initial tone and many women opt for this operation to correct the flaccidity of the area.

However, abdominoplasty is not recommended for those who need to lose a lot of weight or for women who intend to have future pregnancies, as this surgery tightens the vertical muscles of the abdomen.

What types of abdominoplasty are there?

There are different types of interventions. However, there are 4 that are the most recurrent. Each model is unique for each patient. Depending on requirements, they can be differentiated:

  • Abdominal liposuction: No intervention in the muscle area or skin. In this procedure, only excess fat is removed.
  • Mini-abdominoplasty: Specialists recommend this operation for those who have a concentration of fat in the area below the navel.
  • Abdominoplasty with vertical scar: After fat reduction surgery, this procedure removes excess skin. In this process, a small scar will be left in the area near the navel.
  • Reverse abdominoplasty: This is characterised by the removal of excess fat in the area above the navel.

How an abdominoplasty is performed

After an initial assessment appointment with the surgeon, the location of the fat accumulation, excess skin or muscle distension will be diagnosed. With this, the most recommended technique for the patient will be chosen.

Once in the operating theatre, the patient will receive general anaesthesia and the operation will take 2 to 3 hours. The surgeon will usually make two small incisions above the pubic area, where fatty tissue and loose skin will be removed. The second is performed in the navel area in order to reposition the navel once the skin is tightened and the excess skin is removed.

If the patient has excess abdominal fat, it will be necessary to remove the fat from the abdomen by liposuction before reconstructing the abdominal wall.

Once the operation is complete, the doctor stitches up all the incisions and places drains to prevent fluid accumulation, which will be removed after a few days.

How is the postoperative period and the recovery from the operation?

After leaving the operating theatre, she will remain in hospital for 48 hours, taking antibiotics and monitoring her recovery from the operation. Once you are discharged from the hospital, you will have to have specific lymphatic drainage massages to reduce the swelling in the operated area.

After discharge from hospital, the area will be somewhat swollen and may cause discomfort. As the days go by, you will regain full mobility and will be able to go out walking to improve your physical fitness. At this stage, you will have to wear a compression garment 24 hours a day for 2 months. This will promote healing and sagging of the area.

For a speedy recovery, you should follow the doctor’s recommendations. For example, you should sleep in an appropriate posture. For this purpose, it is recommended to sleep in a 45° position with the head raised. In addition, the area should be kept moisturised and washed after the first 48 hours. Specialists recommend avoiding, as far as possible, adopting healthy lifestyle habits to prevent weight gain.

The abdominoplasty scar

After a tummy tuck, a scar is always present. The formation of this can be divided into several phases.

  • Closure: During the first 3-4 weeks the body will start to create collagen fibres to fill and close the tissue that has been affected by the operation.
  • Establishment: During the first 6 months, the scar will increase in size and darken. This is because the body increases the blood supply to the tissue.
  • Maturation: Once the skin and the affected area have healed, the body breaks down some of the collagen generated. The scar will be more final, lighter and less visible.

In order for the scar to fade, direct contact with the sun should be avoided and cream should be applied daily and complemented with a regenerating retinoic acid treatment. The scar will not be completely removed, but it will be largely concealed. The scar will not have its definitive appearance for almost a year after the operation.

Real cases of abdominoplasty

antes y despues abdominioplastia
antes y despues reduccion de abdomen

Relevant information on abdominoplasty

  • Surgical time: 2 hours
  • Anaesthesia: General
  • Hospitalisation: 2 nights
  • Recovery: 7 to 10 days
  • Results: Immediate


This intervention will undoubtedly change the appearance of the physique immediately. However, don’t be careless. It’s OK to gain a couple of kilos. However, if the body notices that considerable weight is being gained, the skin will stretch and the result of the operation will worsen.

It depends on the procedure to be carried out. However, we offer you one of the best ways of financing abdominoplasty in Alicante:

  • From 4 months to 4 years.
  • There is no limit to the amount to be financed.
  • Up to 12 months with no interest and no arrangement fee.
  • Processing at the clinic itself.

Patients undergoing abdominoplasty must rest absolutely for 10 days after the operation. In order for a person to recover 100%, they will have to follow the specialist’s recommendations for approximately 2 months.

The most important thing is to follow the recommendations given to you by the surgeon after the operation. But, the most important care is:

  • Use of an abdominal binder for months after the operation
  • Healing and washing of wounds from 48 hours after abdominoplasty
  • A correct sleeping position of 45° and with the head elevated.
  • Avoid sun exposure and sweating to care for the scar.
  • Take the medication prescribed by your specialist for the recommended length of time.

After this surgery, the patient must wear a surgical girdle daily and constantly for at least two months after the operation.