Abdominoplasty

Abdominoplasty

Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure to remove sagging abdominal skin and fat. Pregnancy, weight loss, and aging contribute to the laxity of the abdominal wall. This operation gives good results for people who maintain their weight and exercise, but are unable to lose the skin laxity. Mini-abdominoplasty is a procedure that addresses the problem of skin laxity below the umbilicus without changing the position or shape of the umbilicus (belly button). A full Abdominoplasty tightens all of the abdominal wall skin and includes shaping of the umbilicus.

Liposuction can be combined with Abdominoplasty to improve the overall result, although most surgeons avoid liposuction of the skin of the front of the abdomen during Abdominoplasty as it may compromise blood circulation. Abdominoplasty is performed with a scar placed just above the pubic region extending sideways. The length of the scar depends on the type of Abdominoplasty and the excess of the skin that needs to be removed. Sometimes the underlying muscles need to be tightened.

Abdominoplasty is performed either as an outpatient surgical procedure or, more commonly, with an overnight stay. Recovery is usually about two weeks.

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