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Abdominoplasty before and after
Abdominoplasty before and after
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Abdominoplasty (Tummy tuck)

After pregnancy or weight loss, women can be left with an excess of skin and fat in the lower abdomen. Some patients also have separation of the abdominal midline muscles (the six pack), which increases the bulge of the abdomen. This procedure removes this excess along with any stretch marks, and tightens the stomach muscles. The end result of this procedure is a flatter and tighter abdomen. It should not be considered a weight loss treatment.

Summary of the Procedure

In a full abdominoplasty the area below the tummy button is excised. The skin above is then brought down to the bikini line. A hole is made in this tighter skin through which the tummy button is brought out, thus keeping the relative position of the tummy button. Muscles are tightened to improve the shape and waistline. In some cases, this procedure can be combined with liposuction. There is a scar from hip to hip and another scar around the tummy button.

Your length of stay would be two to three nights.

Postoperative period

After the procedure, the patient awakes with a dressing and a strapping on the abdomen. Drains will be in place to remove any excess blood or fluid and are usually kept in place for 48-72 hours.

An abdominal binder or corset will need to be used for 4 weeks following surgery.

Time off and recovery

The exact time varies from patient to patient and can depend on how physically demanding your job is but in general three to four weeks off is suggested. Aerobics or any other strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least eight weeks. Sexual activity is best avoided for the first three weeks. Likewise, you should avoid driving for four weeks after surgery. After eight weeks, you should feel back to normal.

What you need to be aware of

As with any surgical procedure, there can occasionally be complications; possibly including scars, bleeding, infection, seroma (fluid collection), altered sensation, skin loss, pain, tummy button necrosis and blood clots in the legs or the lungs. The chances of any complication can be reduced by observing the postoperative recommendations above. Smoking is also a risk factor. This subject is always fully discussed during your initial consultation.

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