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ABDOMINOPLASTY



Abdominoplasty (otherwise known as the tummy tuck) is an operation mainly aims at correcting any sagging in the region of the abdomen. At the same time, however, fat is removed from the front and side of the abdomen, while the abdominal walls are narrowed and strengthened.

PROBLEMS THAT CAN BE SOLVED VIA ABDOMINOPLASTY

The use of abdominoplasty is recommended when dealing with the following problems:

•    Major sagging in the abdominal skin following pregnancy or extensive weight loss.
•    Loosening of the abdominal walls, i.e. the muscles that form them, as well reduced endurance in abdominal walls.
•    Stretch marks in the area surrounding the navel or lower.
•    Vertical scars in the area under the navel.





HOW ABDOMINOPLASTY IS PERFORMED

The procedure requires the removal of all skin and fat located beneath the navel. In practice, a horizontal incision is made at the lowest point of the abdomen, i.e. the section generally covered by underwear. Through this incision, skin and fat are detached from the muscles of the abdomen all the way up to the chest.
Afterwards, the navel is also detached. The skin is stretched downwards and the excess of skin is removed, as is the fat that underlies it.

The remainder is collated to the abdominal muscles, in order to narrow the muscular walls and strength them along the waist.

Once the excess of skin and fat has been removed, the surgeon performs a suture upon the lowest of the abdomen, as well as the area of the navel, in order to restore the navel to its initial position.
The procedure must be performed in an operating room.

It can be performed using localized or epidural anaesthesia.

The patient is generally required to remain at the clinic for approximately 24 hours.

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AFTER ABDOMINOPLASTY

The use of a corset, which will exert a certain amount of pressure on the abdominal walls, is required for one month after the operation. The patient should be able to move around the house starting from the very next day, but a return to work should be made after at least 4 days, if the patient’s occupation is not particularly tiring. Patients working in manual labour may require 2-4 weeks.


OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT ABDOMINOPLASTY

PAIN DURING ABDOMINOPLASTY

Contrary to what most people believe, abdominoplasty is not a particularly painful procedure. Most people do not experience any particular annoyance, and if such an annoyance is felt, it can regulated quite well with standard painkillers.

LIPOABDOMINOPLASTY – ABDOMINOPLASTY AND LIPOSUCTION

Abdominoplasty can be combined with liposuction
, and as such is referred to as lipoabdominoplasty. In this case, the results are even more satisfying. It is preferably for almost every abdominoplasty to be combined with liposuction. The plastic surgeon must not only aim to remove the sagging, excess skin, but also to reshape the area of the abdomen altogether. In most cases, after all, apart from sagging skin the patient may suffer from excess fat in the abdomen, as well as other areas. It is best to combine the correction of these flaws into one operation.




MINI ABDOMINOPLASTY

When dealing with cases wherein there is a small degree of sagging, particularly in the area beneath the navel, liposuction can be combined with mini abdominoplasty. Not all cases, of course, are suitable for mini abdominoplasty, just as all cases are not suitable for standard abdominoplasty. A plastic surgeon must possess the skill and experience to judge which technique is most appropriate for each case.

Mini abdominoplasty has the following advantages:

•    The incision can be made much lower.
•    It is not necessary to reposition the navel.
•    The incisions are smaller.

One the other hand, however, it does not correct any sagging in the abdomen above the navel. For this reason, it is recommended only for cases wherein there is no sagging in this area.



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MARKS LEFT BY ABDOMINOPLASTY

The scars left by abdominoplasty improve in time. Of course, they never truly vanish, but tend to be located in the area that is generally covered by underwear or swimwear.





RESULTS OF ABDOMINOPLASTY

Results can last for several years, provided the patient does not put on much more weight or experience pregnancy. Pregnancy is not necessarily a problem, but there is a possibility that it could result in a certain degree of sagging. The results of abdominoplasty are impressive, as in most cases they tend to achieve a flat abdomen.