This procedure can give your tummy a completely new look and boost your confidence. In only few weeks from now, you can have a flatter, smoother stomach and a smaller waistline.
The demand for abdominoplasty increased by a staggering 104 percent between 2000 and 2015. Along with breast augmentation, this is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the US and worldwide. In 2016, more than 181,883 Americans had an abdominoplasty done.
But what does this procedure involve and what makes it so popular? Most importantly, is it right for you?
Abdominoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that flattens the abdomen and restores weakened or separated muscles. It consists of removing excess skin and fat from the abdominal area while tightening the muscles in the core region.
This surgical intervention appeals to men and women looking to achieve a smaller waistline and flatter tummy. The best candidates are those who are in good health and have a normal body weight.
If you’re planning to get pregnant, wait until after childbirth to have an abdominoplasty done. Pregnancy can separate the abdominal muscles, causing diastasis recti. The procedure can help fix this issue and tighten your muscles.
Abdominoplasty is not meant for weight loss and does not replace liposuction. Its role is to flatten your tummy by removing excess tissues. It’s ideal for women who have lost large amounts of weight and have sagging skin or excess fat deposits in the abdominal area. Those who have muscles and skin that have been stretched during pregnancy are good candidates too.
This procedure takes 2 to 4 hours and is usually done under general anaesthesia. It’s often performed along with liposuction or breast augmentation.
Depending on your goals, you can opt for a mini abdominoplasty or a complete abdominoplasty.
The first option is suitable for patients whose fat deposits are located in the lower abdominal area, but if you carry a lot of fat or excess skin all over the stomach area, go for a complete abdominoplasty. Another option is circumferential abdominoplasty, which includes the hip and back areas.
If you opt for a complete abdominoplasty, the surgeon will make two incisions: one that goes from hip to hip above the pubic area, and one around the belly button. The length and shape of the incisions depend on the amount of excess tissues that need to be removed.
Your surgeon will pull down the upper abdominal skin and trim excess tissues. The remaining skin and muscle fascia will be tightened with sutures.
Depending on the desired goal, you may require a tummy tuck, which involves smaller incisions.
The surgeon will insert a drain, to remove the excess fluid from the area, and will apply a dressing to the surgical wound. The drains, depending on your case, will be removed before you go home or a few days after.
Abdominoplasty is a major surgery, so your mobility will be impaired for 2 to 7 days. The scar will follow the “bikini” line, making it easy to hide and, even though your scars are permanent, they will fade over time.
After surgery, you must wear a compression garment for several days. This helps accelerate healing and keeps the sutures in place, reshaping your body. Limit strenuous activities and exercise for at least 6 weeks. Most patients are able to return to work within 1 to 3 weeks.
The results are not visible immediately. Your tummy will get flatter and tighter as the swelling subsides and the process can take several weeks or months.
Over 97 percent of those who have had an abdominoplasty are satisfied with the results.
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The operation will be performed under general anaesthetic, plus local anaesthetic injection during the process.
The operation takes 2 to 4 hours, depending on the amount of tissue to be removed.
Your mobility will be compromised for 2 to 4 days. We recommend returning to work in 1 to 2 weeks, depending on the nature of your work.
We generally advise our patients to wait 2 or 3 months before considering the healing completed. There might be some swelling or bruising during or after this period as part of the adaptation process of your body to its new shape.
The procedure can be carried out in a day surgery regime but the surgeon can choose to keep you in overnight. However, if it makes you feel safer, we can arrange an overnight stay at your request (this may affect the final price).
The nature of the procedure and the involvement of large muscular systems require a long period of recovery. You will need at least 4 to 6 months before commencing your usual fitness activities.