An abdominoplasty improves the appearance of the abdominal area after pregnancy or significant weight loss. An abdominoplasty also referred to as a "tummy tuck" tightens, flattens and rejuvenates the patient’s abdomen. For abdominal rejuvenation, the surgeon removes excess fat and skin to tighten the patient’s abdomen.
Abdominoplasty surgically removes the excess overhanging lower abdominal skin and fat that lies between the umbilicus and the suprapubic crease (where the caesarean scar usually lies). If the muscles of the abdominal wall are splayed apart before surgery, they may be repaired and tightened (this will depend on the needs of the patient). The incision is a half-moon shape (length is dependent on the mass of skin and fat to be removed).
Approximately two to four hours.
Most commonly, patients are placed under general anaesthesia. This procedure can also be performed with a regional nerve block obtained with local anaesthetic agents.
Either is possible and depends on the patient’s health and the doctor’s preference.
Temporary discomfort, low back pain, postoperative swelling, soreness or tenderness in the surrounding areas, numbness of abdominal skin and bruising are possible side effects.
Infection, bleeding under the skin flap or at the incision site, pulmonary embolism (a blood clot that travels to the lung), scarring (keloids), delayed healing, widening or enlargement of the scar or the need for a second revisionary operation are potential risks.
The patient may return to work within two to four weeks. Upon re-evaluation by the physician, the patient may return to activity that is more strenuous after approximately four to six weeks. Scars should fade and flatten anywhere from three months to one year after abdominoplasty surgery. Patients are asked to wear a body girdle or compression garment for at least four weeks.
The result will last many years unless the patient gains weight or becomes pregnant.
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