Commonly known as the “tummy tuck,” the abdominoplasty can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding or flabby abdomen. This is a major surgical procedure which removes excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall.
The most effective results are achieved in patients who are in overall good shape, but are bothered by loose abdominal skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise. The surgery is particularly helpful to women who, through pregnancy/ies, have significantly stretched their abdominal muscles and skin.
Most patients are appropriate for a radical abdominoplasty. This involves excising the excess skin and fat of the lower abdomen. The upper abdominal skin is then shifted down. The belly button has to be repositioned. The final result includes a scar from hip to hip and a second scar around the belly button.
Some patients are more suited to the mini abdominoplasty where some skin and fat of the lower abdomen is excised and the bellybutton does not need repositioning. With both techniques liposuction is often performed to shape the hips and flanks to achieve a more balanced result.
The surgery is performed under general anaesthetic with a 2-3 night hospital stay followed by 2-4 weeks recovery time off work. Drains maybe used post-operatively which may stay in for up to 10 days.
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