Tummy tuck and hernia correction in Zug
Significant physical changes such as weight fluctuation or pregnancy can stretch out the abdominal skin and tissue. In many cases, these changes remain unaffected by diet or exercise—surgery is the only way of trimming the excess tissue permanently and creating a toned, shapely silhouette. In an abdominoplasty, or “tummy tuck,” the plastic surgeon removes the sagging excess skin and then tightens the abdomen accordingly. Generally, the procedure also involves lifting the muscles and other underlying tissue in order to achieve aesthetically pleasing, long-lasting results.
In some cases, patients may require hernia treatment as well. Some patients are born with or develop holes in their abdominal walls, and the peritoneum begins to push through. Hernias do not heal on their own—they require surgical intervention. If the hernia is left untreated, there is a risk that part of the intestine may be cut off from its blood supply. I work closely with Hernienzentrum Schweiz when providing hernia treatment; if indicated, their experienced hernia specialists and I will perform the surgery together.
Tummy tuck in Switzerland at a glance
Duration of surgery
Rest and recovery
At least two weeks; no sports for 6-8 weeks
Return to work
After about 2 weeks (depending on job responsibilities)
Compression underwear, scar care
Bruising, bleeding, swelling, changes in sensitivity, wound healing issues, visible scars
Tummy tuck consultation and planning
A personal consultation appointment prior is very important before your tummy tuck. We will start by discussing what exactly is bothering you and what changes you are hoping the surgery will provide. Based on that information and a thorough physical examination, I will develop your treatment plan. Besides explaining the abdominoplasty itself as well as the necessary pre- and post-surgical measures, I will go over any potential risks and complications—I want to make sure that you are completely informed when deciding whether or not to proceed.
Avoid strict dieting immediately before your tummy tuck, as nutritional deficits can lead to problems with wound healing. In fact, it is advisable for patients to maintain a constant weight leading up to the surgery—significant pre-operative weight loss could have a negative impact on skin elasticity. To reduce your risk of bruising, stop taking blood thinners 1-2 weeks before your operation.
The abdominoplasty process
On the day of your operation, you will be admitted to the clinic on an inpatient basis. Tummy tucks are performed under general anesthesia. For the operation itself, I will remove your excess abdominal skin and, if indicated, tighten your abdominal wall and/or the underlying structures (connective tissue, muscles). For best results, some patients may wish to combine abdominoplasty with liposuction to remove excess abdominal fat and smooth the area. Once the wounds have been sutured, we will apply a protective bandage and insert surgical drains to help redirect wound secretions.
After surgery, you will remain at the clinic for a few days for observation. The length of your inpatient stay will depend on the scope of your operation and your individual healing progress. The surgical drains will be removed after two to three days. After your tummy tuck, the most important thing is to avoid putting any significant strain on the abdominal wall, which means heavy lifting and exercise must be avoided for around two months. During the healing process, you will need to sleep on your back with your torso elevated. Most patients can return to work after about two weeks.
You will begin wearing a special compression girdle a few days after your surgery. You will need to wear it for about six weeks in order to minimize the risk of post-operative complications. The compression girdle helps squeeze any remaining wound secretions out of the body, promotes healing, and helps create a natural-looking silhouette.
Potential complications following abdominoplasty
Extensive operations like tummy tucks are always associated with a certain degree of risk, which is why they should only be performed by experienced plastic surgery experts. The most frequent post-surgical symptoms are swelling, bruising, and redness. I would be happy to advise you regarding over-the-counter pain medication if needed. In some cases, the surgery may cause damage to tiny nerves, leading to temporary loss of sensation (e.g., numbness). However, long-term complications are very rare, and the risk of bleeding, wound healing issues, or infections is minimal when the procedure is performed by experienced experts.
Frequently asked questions
More info and FAQs on abdominoplasty in Switzerland
The “mini-tummy tuck“ method
A complete tummy tuck involves tightening the muscles as well. You also have the option of a “mini” tummy tuck to remove excess skin, mostly on the lower abdomen. This procedure uses a smaller incision and does not usually require moving the belly button.
How much does a tummy tuck cost?
Abdominoplasty costs depend on a variety of factors, including operation length, operation technique, anesthesia type, and length of inpatient stay. As part of your individual consultation appointment, I will put together a complete, personalized treatment plan including a breakdown of costs.
Will health insurance cover the cost of the procedure?
Most patients seek a trimmer, tauter stomach for purely aesthetic reasons. However, if there are medical indications for the procedure as well (e.g., chronic or recurrent infections due to overlapping skin), I will submit an application for coverage, which will be checked by an independent medical examiner.
The “pooch”: treatment options for diastasis recti
Pregnancy causes dramatic physical changes, especially in the abdominal area. In order to make space for the baby, the gap between the left and right rectus abdominus (belly muscles) widens, which causes the connective tissue between them (linea alba) to thin. Overstretching these muscles reduces their tone and stability, which changes the forces acting on the front part of the body.
Most of the time, the muscles return to their original position after pregnancy. Occasionally, however, the abdominal wall remains weakened even after delivery. Diastasis recti is primarily an aesthetic problem for the women affected, but in more pronounced cases, it can result in an imbalance between the back and abdominal musculature, leading to chronic back pain.
Diastasis recti can be treated surgically as part of an abdominoplasty. After pregnancy, some women seek help shaping their post-baby bodies, and conservative measures such as physical therapy often do not suffice. The “Mommy Makeover“ is an effective option for women who want to feel good in their own skin again after pregnancy and childbirth. The specific procedures involved vary from woman to woman; for example, we might perform liposuction (e.g., on your abdominal area) and use the harvested fat cells to sculpt and augment your breasts. My clinic’s experiences with these combination procedures have been exceptionally good, and I would be glad to discuss them with you as part of your personal consultation.