The people who have loose abdominal skin and fat that is concentrated in the abdomen can benefit from abdominoplasty. Sometimes these conditions are inherited. In other cases, weight loss may cause abdominal skin to become flaccid. Abdominoplasty also can strengthen muscles that have been separated and weakened by pregnancy. The operation can also improve the appearance of stretch marks, especially those located below the navel.
Understanding the procedure
Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as “abdominoplasty,” is a major surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the abdominal wall muscles. The procedure can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen. But keep in mind, produce a permanent scar which, depending on the size of the original problem and the surgery required to correct it, abdominales2can extend from hip to hip. Liposuction is simply a more aggressive liposuction in at least 5 liters of fat and fluid removed. As with normal liposuction is a procedure enabdominales2 which localized deposits of fat are removed to reshape one or more areas of the body. Through a tiny incision, a narrow tube or cannula is inserted and used to vacuum the fat layer that lies well below the skin. The cannula is pushed then pulled through the fat layer, breaking down fat cells and suctioning them out. The suction action is provided by a vacuum pump or large syringe. If many sites are being treated, then we will move to the next area, working to keep the incisions as inconspicuous as possible. Fluid is lost along with fat, and it is crucial that this fluid be replaced during the procedure to prevent shock. For this reason, patients should be carefully monitored and receive intravenous fluids during and immediately after surgery.
Are you a good candidate?
You can be a good candidate for abdominoplasty if you have one or more of the following conditions:
- Excess or sagging abdominal skin
- An abdomen that protrudes and is out of proportion with the rest of your body
- Abdominal muscles that have been separated and weakened
- Excess fatty tissue is concentrated in your abdomen
If you plan to become pregnant or lose weight in the future, you should discuss this with your plastic surgeon. Scarring from previous abdominal surgery may limit the results of the abdominoplasty.
Preparation / anesthesia
Based on a review of the patient’s medical history may be necessary for the doctor to perform additional blood tests and an electrocardiogram before continuing with the procedure. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia by an anesthesiologist.
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Post-operative complications such as infection and blood clots are rare, but can occur. The infection can be treated with antibiotics and drainage, but will prolong your hospital stay. You can minimize the risk of blood clots by moving around as soon after surgery as possible. Poor healing resulting in conspicuous scars, may necessitate a second operation. Smokers should be warned to stop, as smoking may increase the risk of complications and delay healing.
For the first few days, your abdomen will be swollen and is very likely feel some pain and discomfort can be controlled with medication. Depending on the extent of surgery, may be released a few hours or you may have to remain hospitalized for two to three days. Your doctor will give instructions for showering and changing your dressings. And although you can not stand straight at first, you should start walking as soon as surface posible.Puntadas be removed in five to seven days, and deeper sutures, with ends that protrude through the skin, will come in two or three weeks. The dressing on your incision may be replaced by a support garment.