Anesthesia type: General, Epidural
Duration: 3 – 4 hours with additional 2 hours in the recovery room and 2 nights at the hospital
Abdominoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to make the abdomen thinner and more firm. The surgery involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen in order to tighten the muscle and fascia of the abdominal wall. This type of surgery is usually sought by patients with loose or sagging tissues after pregnancy or major weight loss.
Abdominoplasty operations vary in scope and are frequently subdivided into categories.
- Complete abdominoplasty
- Partial abdominoplasty
- Extended abdominoplasty
- High lateral tension abdominoplasty
- Floating Abdominoplasty or FAB Technique
- Circumferential abdominoplasty
- Combination procedures (An abdominoplasty can be combined with liposuction to make a Lipotuck, which performs body contouring around the hips, thighs, and buttocks).
Depends on the problem to be treated, surgical technique, and other factors. Can take one to four weeks and patients are advised to take at least a portion of this recovery time off from work.
Heavy lifting is best avoided during this time.
Initially there may be bruising and discomfort. A supportive abdominal binder or compression garment can minimize swelling / bruising, and support the repaired tissues. This compression garment is also effective in helping the skin in the treated area conform to its new shape.
Patients are advised to avoid all forms of nicotine for a month or longer prior to surgery and also during the recovery period.
Full recovery takes 3–6 months, with further fading of scars thereafter. Scars may appear red and prominent at first, but with proper care, they heal into a thin, silvery line. Although "abdomenoplasty" are considered safe procedures, as with any other type of surgery, different complications may arise. The majority of the risks can be avoided if the patients follow carefully the instructions they receive from their surgeon. Severe complications occur however in rare cases and these include blood clots, thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications or infection.