Abdominoplasty

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It is the most frequently requested surgery following pregnancy or major weight loss and/or in cases of abdominal diastasis.

It is also called apronectomy, which means removal of the abdominal skin 'apron' and which is often found because of pregnancy or weight loss. Those who have it done want to eliminate saggy skin and regain a toned, youthful abdomen. Abdominoplasty can appeal to a very wide age range, from young to old. Depending on the amount of tissue to be removed, one can speak of abdominoplasty or mini-abdominoplasty.

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Duration

2-3 hours

Anaesthesia

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Recovery

4 weeks for return to daily routine.
6/8 weeks until athletic activity is resumed

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Hospitalization

1/2 nights

The Results

Abdominoplasty involves a scar called a bisiliac scar because it runs from one iliac crest to the other. This scar often lies at the same level as the scar for a caesarean section. In these cases, the caesarean scar can be reused and avoid another one.

Through this incision, all fat and excess skin can be removed, and it is also possible to work on the fascia of the rectus abdominis muscles: in such patients, diastasis (separation) of the rectus abdominis muscles is often present, resulting in a globular appearance of the abdomen. Sometimes actual hernias may also occur, which can be repaired during this same surgery.

By working on the fascia of the rectus abdominis muscles, a flatter abdomen and a reduced waistline can be achieved. The belly button will be repositioned where it was before without any visible scarring. In the case of mini-abdominoplasty, on the other hand, only the excess skin is removed without repositioning the belly button.

If large amounts of adipose tissue are present, abdominoplasty can be combined with liposuction surgery to further reshape the silhouette.

This surgery takes 2 to 3 hours depending on the case, is performed under general anaesthesia, and requires one or two nights' hospitalisation. The postoperative course involves the removal of the stitches after 14 days; 4 weeks to return to work and everyday life; 6-8 weeks to return to physical activity, for which an abdominal binder must be used. The procedure is very successful and restores harmony and a toned, youthful appearance to those who need it.

In the case of mini-abdominoplasty, the scar will be smaller, hospitalisation is only for one night and the post-operative course is shorter.

Post-surgery

Absolute rest for 2 weeks; remaining seated or in bed as much as possible; not wetting the abdomen; wearing the abdominal binder day and night for 6 weeks; taking the medication prescribed.

First check-up after 1 week during which the dressing will be changed.

Second check-up after 2 weeks, during which the stitches will be removed and after which the patient can return to work.

Third check-up after 4-6 weeks, after which the patient can return to everyday life, including physical activity.

Last check-up after 6 months.

 

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