Abdominoplasty, whether partial or complete, provides excellent results for patients with a loose or large abdominal wall that resists exercise and diet control. In most cases the results are long lasting, if you follow a balanced diet and exercise regularly.
Procedure : Flatten abdomen by removing excess fat and skin and tightening muscles of the abdominal wall. The incision will be across the lower abdomen at the level just above the pubic area so it can be hidden under a bikini or if you had a previous abdominal scar, the surgeon will redesign the incision for you. This operation sometimes combines with liposuction to enhance the result.
Length : 2 to 5 hours.
Anesthesia : General anesthesia.
: 3 to 4 days (depending on individual circumstances
and extent of surgery).
Risks and possible complications : Swelling, fluid collection, bruising, soreness and numbness in surgical area will be occurring for several weeks. Occasionally, the main problem, which is special for this operation, is bleeding under the skin flap, poor healing resulting in conspicuous scarring or skin loss. Risks of major surgery, such as blood clots in the legs, can occur.
Post- operative care : You should lie on your back with your legs and hips bend (to reduce tension on the surgical area) for a few days. During this period you must frequently exercise your calf muscles to prevent a blood clot in your legs. Always wear the provided support garment and remind yourself not to stretch the incision in the first few weeks. Normally your scars may turn more noticeable through the first few months but they will diminish by proper wound care.
Recovery : Back to work: 2 to 4 weeks. More strenuous activity: 4 to 6 weeks or more. Fading and flattening of scars: 3 months to 2 years.
Duration of results : Usually long lasting.
Preparing for surgery : If you are a smoker, you will be asked to stop smoking well in advance of surgery. Aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs can cause increased bleeding, so you should avoid taking these medications for a period of time before and after surgery. Inform the surgeon about your medical history (such as diseases, medications, and allergies).
Inform the surgeon about your medical history (such as diseases, medications and allergies) Underlying serious medical diseases such as diabetes mellitus, severe anemia etc., may jeopardize your capacity of wound healing.
You will see an obvious difference in the shape of your body quite soon after surgery. However, improvement will become even more apparent after about four to six weeks, when most of the swelling has subsided. After about three months, any persistent mild swelling usually disappears and the final contour will be visible.
Procedure : Improve body shape by removing exercise-resistant localized fat deposits with a tube and a vacuum device through 2 or more tiny incisions (0.5-1 cm). Common locations for liposuction include chin, cheeks, neck, upper arms, above breasts, abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, knees, calves and ankles. The range of the procedure depends on your overall weight, your skin and muscles tone, and the pattern of distribution of fat deposits.
Length : 1 to 2 hours or more (depending on the location and amount of fat to be removed).
Anesthesia : Local or general anesthesia.
In / outpatient : Usually outpatient. Extensive procedure may require a short stay in the hospital.
Risks and possible complications : Bruises over the liposuction site usually seen on the first few days after surgery and will disappear in the first week. Waving skin (rare) happened because of excess fat removal. Pain, because of the surgery, is very limited and the patient can go back to work within two days.
Recovery : Back to work : 1 to 2 days. More strenuous activity : 1 to 2 months. Full recovery from swelling and bruising : 1 to 3 months.
Duration of Results : Permanent with sensible diet and exercise.
Post- operative care : Complete bed rest for at least 1 day. Take lots of fluid. Elastic tapes and a pressure garment will be applied on the treated area to control swelling and help skin re-contouring. After the adhesive tapes are removed, continue to wear a pressure garment for 4 to 6 weeks. Sometimes the treated area may turn lumpy; this can be improved by gently finger-tip massage or ultrasound treatment.
Preparation for surgery : If you are a smoker, you will be asked to stop smoking well in advance of surgery. Aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs can cause increased bleeding, so you should avoid taking these medications for a period of time before and after surgery.
Inform the surgeon about your medical history (such as diseases, medications and allergies).