This is a surgical procedure to remove excess wrinkled skin and fatty tissue from the middle and lower portions of the abdomen. It can tighten stretched skin, strengthen abdominal muscles and flatten the lower abdomen.
Who is a good candidate for a abdominoplasty?
Men and women of all ages benefit from abdominoplasty. This surgical procedure is not a substitute for weight reduction. Loss of skin elasticity which frequently occurs with slight obesity in older patients is another condition that can be improved.
What will happen during surgery?
The surgery may take one to two hours. Abdominoplasty usually is performed in a medical center or hospital under general anesthesia. There are several possible approaches to abdominoplasty. The most frequently employed technique is transverse incision across the lower abdomen, just above pubic area. A second incision is made to free the umbilicus from surrounding skin so it will remain undisturbed. Skin is separated from the abdominal wall and elevated above the rib cage. The surgeon then sutures the muscles towards the center of the abdomen. This tightens muscles, provides firmer abdominal wall and narrows the waistline. The elevated skin is lowered and the excess removed. The umbilicus is reinstated, creating a new navel where the old one had been. Incisions are closed with a series of stitches and a firm elastic dressing is applied.
After surgery, there is soreness and discomfort which is easily controlled by medication. You will remain in the hospital for two to three days with hips bent to reduce tension on the abdominal area. The patient is advised to continue wearing a support garment for moth. To permit proper healing, you should avoid over activities and straining for three to four weeks. The decision on when to return to work and normal activities depends on how fast you heal and how you feel. Sports should be avoided for four weeks.
Are there risks involved?
While all surgery carries some risk, and plastic surgery is no exception, serious complications are infrequent when the abdominoplasty is performed by qualified plastic surgeon. Poor healing, resulting in conspicuous scars may necessitate a second operation. Heavy smokers should be aware that nicotine can delay healing. Risk of complications can be minimized by closely adhering to your surgeon’s advice on follow-up care.