Our skin has a lot of tasks and abilities, and amongst other things is extremely stretchy. This is imperative for being able to quickly adapt our weight and body volume, for example during pregnancy. But if connective tissue is overstretched for a long period of time, our natural elasticity reaches its limits. The result is that skin is no longer able to completely tighten back up. In the abdominal area, this can lead to unshapely excess skin.
Many women suffer with excess abdominal skin particularly after losing a lot of weight or being pregnant.
Feeling uncomfortable in your own skin can cause psychological distress. Especially if you can’t manage the situation even with strict diet and exercise. This distress can be combated in the form of a tummy tuck.
A tummy tuck can restore the natural silhouette of the body.
If you’ve already considered this type of surgery, you can find all of the preliminary information about how a tummy tuck works at the EPPSTEIN Clinic Stuttgart here.
So that we can achieve the ideal result of a flat, even abdominal wall, every procedure is tailored in advance to meet each patient’s individual aesthetic needs.
Dr. Eppstein will be able to advise you personally during your consultation at our clinic in Stuttgart. As soon as we have answered any questions you may have and discussed what you are hoping to achieve, we can book an appointment for surgery.
A tummy tuck is performed under general anaesthetic and takes around 3 hours. The surgery is performed in our own surgical theatre here at the EPPSTEIN Clinic in the middle of Stuttgart. During the surgery, the loose tissue between the mons pubis and the belly button is removed, tightened downwards, and stitched in the bikini area to achieve as beautiful a result with as little scarring as possible.
Some women find that their abdominal muscles do not fully retract after pregnancy, leading to rectus diastasis. We can reattach the abdominal muscles using stitches during the tummy tuck procedure.
After the surgery, you will stay in the clinic as an inpatient for one night. After around 2 weeks, you will have an appointment for your stitches to be cut, as we use self-dissolving stitches in this procedure. You can usually start exercising again around 6 weeks after the surgery.
You will wear an abdominal belt for 6 weeks to help you heal.
We want you to feel as comfortable as you do at home during your stay in our clinic. Our luxurious and lovingly designed patient rooms offer the right space to relax in the centre of Stuttgart.
It’s also important to be able to offer all amenities and services under one roof. Which is why we offer a surgical theatre as well as two patient rooms that have been equipped with state-of-the-art medical technology.
The EPPSTEIN Clinic in Stuttgart offers you the opportunity to be treated in a highly modern clinic in the heart of the Stuttgart inner city. It’s really important to us that you feel comfortable here. Which is why we are available for you round the clock during your stay, and are by your side if you have any questions or need anything.
And of course, the team here at EPPSTEIN Clinic Stuttgart will stick by your side during the entire after-care process and any follow-up appointments.
We would be happy to advise you in a personal discussion. We will work with you to find the best treatment option tailored to you. Book an appointment:
* In person: Büchsenstraße 10, 70173 Stuttgart
* Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Via phone: 0711-98693777
Our expert team looks forward to your visit.
– Do I have to pay a fee for the consultation?
Yes, because the consultation is a medical service that has to be charged for in accordance with the German Scale of Fees for Physicians (GOÄ), we charge a one-off cost of €50 for your individual and in-depth consultation appointment.
– Which costs are associate with my treatment and are there financing options available?
We can provide you with precise details about treatment costs after an in-depth examination. We offer flexible financing models for your treatment. Please feel free to contact us at any time in case of any questions or for a non-binding financing offer.
– Will health insurance cover the costs?
In general, plastic surgery is not covered by health insurance, even in cases of psychological distress. However, you should seek advice from your health insurance company.
– Can the treatment be performed at the EPPSTEIN Clinic?
Yes, we have our own surgical theatre, so we are able to perform all treatments and surgeries on site.
– Why does EPPSTEIN Clinic not have any before and after photos?
According to Section 11 (1) of the Pharmaceutical Advertising Law, German doctors are not allowed to advertise plastic surgery using comparative pictures of how people look before and after surgery (before and after photos).
– I have a long journey, can the person accompanying me also spend the night in the clinic?
Yes, your companion can also stay overnight at the clinic.
– Can multiple treatments be performed during one appointment?
In general, multiple treatment can be performed during one appointment. However, we will discuss the possibility of combining various treatments during your personal consultation.
– What is the difference between a plastic surgeon and a specialist for plastic and aesthetic surgery?
After completing their medical studies, a specialist for plastic and aesthetic surgery specialises in plastic, reconstructive, and aesthetic surgery during their 6-year residency. Since “plastic surgeon” is not a protected term, any doctor can describe themself as a plastic surgeon without having done this specialist training. Which is why we recommend placing your trust in a specialist, like Dr. Eppstein.
– Is the EPPSTEIN Clinic a member of any professional associations?
Dr. med. Ron Julius Eppstein is a regular member of DGPRÄC (the German Society of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgeons), the ISAPS (the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery), the VDÄPC (Association of German Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) and the GÄCD (Society for Aesthetic Surgery Germany e.V.).
– Will I be charged extra for staying overnight at the clinic?
No, overnight costs are included in your surgery price. You will not be charged any additional costs.
– How long does it normally take from consultation to surgery?
In general, your consultation and surgery appointment will be a few weeks apart. Legally, we have to adhere to a minimum period of 48 hours between the consultation and actually performing an elective procedure.
Legally, we have to adhere to a minimum period of 48 hours between the consultation and actually performing an elective procedure.
Certain secondary illnesses or taking anticoagulant medications may mean that it is not possible to perform plastic surgery. These things will be discussed in detail during your informed consent discussion.
– How can I best prepare for surgery?
During your consultation, Dr. Eppstein will explain everything you need to know before surgery. You should not take any medications like ASA (aspirin) that can affect blood clotting two weeks before the surgery. You should also avoid smoking cigarettes. Everything else is included in our “before and after” leaflet, which you will be given during your consultation.
– Will pregnancy have a negative effect on a tummy tuck?
The abdominal wall changes during pregnancy, which can lead to looseness. Dr. Eppstein recommends undergoing a tummy tuck procedure once you have completed your family planning.
– What will happen to my muscles and belly button?
The belly button stays in the same place and location during the tummy tuck. Depending on how much loose skin there is, only the skin around the navel is removed, and then the belly button is stitched at the end of the procedure. The abdominal muscles are tightened during a tummy tuck, depending on whether you have rectus diastasis (separation of the abdominal muscles) or not.
– Is the result of a tummy tuck permanent?
Yes, tummy tuck results are generally permanent. However, over time tissue can lose elasticity as part of the natural ageing process. Gaining weight or becoming pregnant may also affect the surgical result.
– Will I have visible scars?
Dr. Eppstein’s goal is to achieve a discreet scar. The scar from a tummy tuck is quite long, however it is placed as low down as possible (below the bikini line) so that it is hidden.
– Can a tummy tuck be performed as an outpatient, or will I need to stay overnight in the Clinic?
We only perform tummy tucks as an inpatient procedure with an overnight stay (one night) at the EPPSTEIN Clinic.
After the procedure
– What should I do in case of complications?
You will be given an emergency number that you can use to reach Dr. Eppstein at any time. Please call right away in case of any complications.
– How can I ensure I recover well?
Getting enough physical rest and eating healthily are important factors for ensuring that your wounds heal quickly. Avoiding cigarettes and alcohol is equally important. Dr. Eppstein will discuss other individual factors with you during your consultation.
– Will I be in pain after surgery?
In general, the pain is quite tolerable. Dr. Eppstein will write you a prescription for pain medication depending on the type of surgery.
– How long do I need to wait before I can see the final result of my treatment?
A visible result is usually achieved after 3 months. The final result will then generally be visible after 6 months. Scars will settle into their final form around a year after surgery.
– Can my aftercare also be performed by a different doctor or in hospital, since I have a long journey?
This is possible under certain circumstances, but should be discussed with Dr. Eppstein individually.
– Do smoking and drinking alcohol have a direct effect on my recovery?
Smoking can cause blood vessels to constrict, which worsens blood flow to vessels and affects healing. So you should avoid cigarettes and alcohol to ensure a quicker healing process.