If you have undergone an impressive amount of weight loss and are now left with an abundance of leftover, loose abdominal skin and fat, then an abdominoplasty is a great surgical choice for revealing the body you worked so hard to achieve. Taking care of excess fat and sagging stomach skin, this treatment also tightens the abdominal wall musculature, creating an improved abdominal contour and outline. After the procedure, you will be able to showcase a flatter stomach and a narrower, more defined waistline.
What happens during the procedure?
Performed under a general anaesthetic, the procedure starts with the excess abdominal skin and underlying fat being removed. Next, the muscles of the abdominal wall are tightened, with all the excess skin trimmed and re-sutured. Your belly button will be re-positioned too in line with your new stomach shape.
You’ll often find liposuction (a fat removal treatment) used alongside an abdominoplasty – it is mainly used for the flanks although it can also be used across other areas, such as the thighs. This can all be done during the same procedure for ease.
Are there other, similar procedures I could have?
For a more all-encompassing option, that also factors in weight loss around the back, you could choose a body lift. This operation combines the abdominoplasty with the removal of tissue circumferentially around the back of the body. It works particularly well if you have an all over excess of skin and subcutaneous fat.
Another option is the mini-abdominoplasty, which is more suitable for younger patients who may have a smaller amount of skin and soft tissue that they would like removed, mainly around the lower abdomen area below the belly button. Here, the excess skin and soft tissue are removed by an incision that is hidden by your underwear. The abdominal muscles are tightened and the skin will be re-sutured, but your belly button will remain in the same position. Again, this treatment can be paired with liposuction to further improve the body contouring effect and this can be done during the same operation. The mini-abdominoplasty is a shorter procedure than the standard version and also offers a faster recovery time.
What is the recovery process like?
The operation is conducted using a general anaesthetic and you will be required to stay in hospital for two to three days. Your dressings will be changed after one week and you will be asked to wear a support garment for the first six weeks after your procedure. You should be able to return to work after two weeks and resume any sports you may play after one month. Any heavy lifting should be avoided for at least six weeks.
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