Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that aims at improving the appearance of the body specifically around the abdomen.
Both men and women have issues concerning their abdominal area either due to laxity or due to excess fat. With this procedure, the plastic surgeon removes excess fat and skin from the lower part of the abdomen and at the same time tightens the abdominal wall muscles.
Liposuction is a procedure of choice for targeting accumulated fat around the abdomen, at the front and on the sides. It is preferred in cases of restricted skin laxity and when abdominal muscles are in a good state. In these cases, liposuction in the abdominal area can yield impressive results and there are no restrictions if the patient wish to get pregnant again soon after the procedure. However, in cases where abdominal skin laxity is apparent, as well as in cases where abdominal muscles cannot maintain a satisfactory tone (e.g. after pregnancies, hernias, major weight fluctuations etc.), then abdominoplasty is a one-way road as this is the only procedure that can treat such problems
After a pregnancy, it is recommended to the patient to allow a period of 6 months before proceeding to abdominoplasty. If a woman has gone through abdominoplasty she should allow a reasonable period of time for her body to heal before getting pregnant. However, it is best if a woman chooses to undergo this procedure after her pregnancies and when she decides that she does not want to have any more children. The only reason for this suggestion is that in each pregnancy, the skin of the abdomen is greatly affected and can become saggy again.
The surgery is performed in a hospital environment with total anesthesia or sedation in the safest conditions. At the end of the surgery, patient may feel a little discomfort for 3-4 days due to the removal of excess skin and in many cases the suture of the abdominal muscles. This discomfort can easily be treated with analgesics. At the end of the procedure, a resilient corset is given, which the patient should wear for 3-4 weeks. However, the result always justifies those who has chosen this method. The recovery time is short and the patient can return to his activities after 7 – 10 days.
After surgery the results of abdominoplasty are immediately visible in the highest ercentage and completed about after a month. After such a procedure, it is very important for the patient to control her/his weight. Exercise always helps towards maintaining a good shape. Abdominoplasty involves the removal of excess skin which will never grow back. However, sudden and extreme weight gain or a pregnancy may once again change patients body appearance.