Abdominoplasty is the procedure in which excess skin and fat is removed from the abdominal region. Abdominoplasty restores the anatomy of the rectus abdominis muscle, also known as the “abs” or “abdominals”, by correcting its flaccidity and opening.
Many people, even with dieting and exercising, are unable to achieve a flat and toned abdomen. Being at your ideal weight and exercising regularly may still cause a certain dissatisfaction with a protruding abdomen, or excess skin and sagging. These changes may be due to several factors, such as: large weight fluctuations, abdominal muscles weakened by pregnancy or aging, post abdominal surgeries, and many other factors.
It is important to note that abdominoplasty does not provide weight loss, but it corrects changes in shape and esthetics of the abdomen.
Are you a candidate for abdominoplasty?
Abdominoplasty may be recommended if you’re concerned with abdominal excess skin, which may be caused by stretch marks. There is no pre-defined age for surgery, however, in for female patients who wish to become pregnant, this surgery is not recommended.
Abdominoplasty is performed in a hospital environment, under general anesthesia. An incision is made in the lower part of the abdomen, which extends throughout the skin fold. The greater the sagging, the greater the scar. During surgery, the rectus abdominis muscle, or “abs”, is sutured to its anatomical position. The navel, or belly button, remains the same only with a scar around its base. Small, thin tubes may be placed for 5-7 days under the skin to drain excess fluid or blood that may collect. In some cases, a drain is not necessary. The duration of the procedure is 3 hours long, and the patient usually stays overnight at the hospital.
Tummy tuck recovery
After surgery, the patient should wear surgical tape for 60 days. To promote blood circulation, the patient is encouraged to get up and walk around soon after surgery. Sleeping on your back with knees up is recommended for 15 days. Physical activities should be avoided.
You may resume any personal care activities after surgery.
Follow-up visits should be made as advised by your plastic surgeon.
How long will the results last?
It is not possible to predict the durability of an abdominoplasty result. The result will depend on several individual factors, which varies from patient to patient. For example: genetic factors, lifestyle, and skin care.
Adding a combination of dermatological procedures and proper skin care is important to maintain post-surgery results.
Before undergoing any surgery, it is important to ask your doctor if you meet the minimum requirements. Always discuss post-operative information. Tell them what your expectations are regarding outcome. Be cautious of miraculous results. Plastic surgery is a science.
Remember to always look for a qualified plastic surgeon: a member of the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery.