An abdominoplasty could be considered if the abdominal wall has changed, that is when the skin’s elasticity has decreased, the muscles have stretched and the belly starts to hang.
ABDOMINOPLASTY : THE PROCEDURE
An abdominoplasty is always performed under general anaesthesia. A mini belly lift takes about 1,5 hours to 2 hours, a full tummy tuck will take approximately 2 hours and a half.
When having a belly lift the scar will be made in the pubic area and will be discreet. In the beginning, the scar will be reddish, but will fade in time.
AFTERCARE FOLLOWING ABDOMINOPLASTY
You can return home the day of your operation. The final result may be judged 4 to 6 months after the surgery. Please follow well these instructions :
- no sports in the first month after your surgery
- In order to avoid too much traction on the wound, it is better to sleep with extra pillows under the knees and the head for the first week after the surgery
- after surgery you should wear a special belly bandage, certainly if the abdominal wall muscles have been sutured.
Following an abdominoplasty, the surgeon will place two drains in order to clear excess blood and wound liquids.These drains might be removed between two and four days after the surgery. When drains are removed you can take off the special bandage for a quick shower.
You will be invited for a follow-up appointment after 14 days. At this moment stitches will be removed.
Depending on the complexity of the procedure, you can get back to work two to four weeks after the abdominoplasty.
« Inconveniences to be expected after your surgery »
The scars from the abdominoplasty may be reddish and lumpy. By using a moisturizing cream, the scars will fade more quickly. The skin of the tummy may also become insensitive for the first months, since a big part of the skin has been detached during surgery. This is a strange sensation, but this inconvenience will disappear a few months after the surgery.
IN CASE OF OVERWEIGHT
In case you have overweight, we advise you to wait until you have reached a stable weight. Moreover, in case of overweight, there is a higher risk of complications.
ABDOMINOPLASTY : PRICE
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