Did you lose a great amount of weight and you are not happy with the shape of your abdomen? You are in the right place. In three months from now, you can have a flatter, smoother stomach and a smaller waistline.
Abdominoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that flattens the abdomen. It consists in removing excess skin and fat from the abdominal area while tightening the muscles in the core region.
If you’re planning to get pregnant, wait until after childbirth to have an abdominoplasty done. Pregnancy can separate the abdominal muscles, causing what is medically called diastasis recti.
Abdominoplasty is not meant for weight loss and does not replace liposuction.
Its purpose 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.
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.
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.
The surgeon will insert a drain, to remove the excess fluid and will apply a dressing to the surgical wound. The drains will be removed before your discharge or a few days later.
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 weeks. 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.
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.
Can I sleep on my side after a tummy tuck / abdominoplasty?
No, you cannot. You will need to lie on your back for few weeks after surgery.
Sleeping on your side or on your belly may affect the wound and the healing process.
How long does the swelling last after an abdominoplasty?
It is very subjective. We expect the swelling to persist for at least three months, but it may take longer to reabsorb completely.
How long should I wait before having sex?
The general advice is to avoid sexual activities for not less then 6 weeks. The increase of heart rate and blood pressure may affect the healing or cause the rupture of the stitches.
How soon will I see results?
If the amount of tissue removed was significant, you will see the difference right away. If the amount of skin removed was little, you may need to wait few weeks to give your body time to reabsorb most of the swelling.
How long will the results last?
As long as you don’t put on weight or increase your waistline, they are permanent.
Diet and exercise are the best way to have long lasting results.
Is there any alternative to an abdominoplasty?
No, there is not. This specific surgery gives results impossible to achieve in any other way.