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Cosmetic Surgery /


Abdominoplasty consists of removing excess skin and abdominal fat and correcting muscular flaccidity, in order to achieve a flatter, more firm abdomen, and a narrower waist.

Would you be a good candidate for an abdominoplasty procedure?

If you are worried about the accumulation of fat and an excess of skin in the abdominal area and you have not seen any improvement from dieting and physical exercise, you could be a good candidate. Women who have had several pregnancies, and who have trouble getting their flat stomach or smooth skin back, are also good candidates.
If you are extremely overweight you should wait and lose weight before undergoing an abdominoplasty.

  • Abdominoplasty surgery


    Abdominoplasty surgery normally takes between 2 and 3 hours and is performed under general anesthesia. It is performed through a long incision from one hip to the other, just above the pubic area, and a second incision around the navel, in order to separate the surrounding tissues.
    The skin is then upwardly separated from the abdominal wall until the ribs are reached, exposing the abdominal muscles. These muscles are tensed and united in a middle line, to achieve a firmer abdominal wall and a narrower waist. The separated skin is stretched in the direction of the pubic area and the excess skin is then removed. The navel is then placed in its new position.
    Finally, stitches are made and a bandage is placed around the area with a temporary drainage tube to eliminate the excess of fluids that may accumulate.

  • After abdominoplastia


    During the first few days after an abdominoplasty procedure, normally the abdomen is swollen and you may notice some discomfort and pain that will be controlled with medication. Depending on the extension of the surgery, you will stay in the hospital for one or two days. At first it is not advisable to stretch out completely but you should start walking as soon as you can.
    The external stitches in the skin will be removed between 5 and 7 days; the internal stitches in 2 or 3 weeks. You will need to wear an abdominal binder for one month (day and night), which will help to reduce abdominal swelling. If you are in good health before the operation, recovery from an abdominoplasty procedure will be quick.
    Normally you will be able to go back to work between 2 and 4 weeks after the procedure. Physical exercise will help you to recover faster, and will help to reduce the swelling, lower the risk of blood clotting, and tone muscles. However, you should avoid strenuous activity.

  • The results


    You will have to wait 9 months to one year for the scar to flatten and lighten. The scar, although permanent, will not be visible even if you wear a bikini or bathing suit.
    Abdominoplasty provides excellent results in patients whose abdominal muscles are debilitated and who have an excess of skin and fat. In most cases the results are definitive, if they are accompanied by a balanced diet and regular exercise.