Every woman in any era wants to look beautiful and attractive, enjoy her forms, see the enthusiastic looks of others. Today, with the development of plastic surgery, various operations and procedures aimed at correcting the face and body are becoming more accessible. One of such popular plastic body contouring operations among women and men is abdominoplasty.
Abdominoplasty is an operation aimed at removing excess skin and adipose tissue from the anterior abdominal wall and restoring the tone of the abdominal muscles. The result is an attractive contour of your body.
Indications For Abdominoplasty
- excess body fat on the abdomen and on its side walls;
- postpartum divergence of the rectus abdominis muscles (stretched muscles with increased gaps, convex abdomen);
- excess skin after childbirth or severe weight loss;
- cicatricial stretch marks of the skin (stria) in the navel and below
- unaesthetic scars after other surgical interventions.
Methods And Types Of Operation
Full or partial abdominoplasty (mini-abdominoplasty) is possible.
With complete abdominoplasty, the incision extends horizontally above the pubis, from one anterior superior iliac spine to another. A second incision is performed around the navel. The skin and subcutaneous fatty tissue are peeled from the muscles of the anterior abdominal wall. Excess skin and adipose tissue are excised. The muscles of the anterior abdominal wall are sutured together. A new hole is formed for the navel, where it is brought out. Then stitch in layers on the skin and underlying tissue. The scar is located in the bikini area and after a while turns into a narrow strip of white.
Mini-abdominoplasty is performed in a more gentle way – a transverse incision is required of a shorter length and the navel remains intact. This technique is used in cases when the soft tissues located above the navel are in good condition and all “problems”, including excess skin and subcutaneous fat, are concentrated in the area below the navel. This type of aesthetic operation involves a relatively small intervention in the body. Therefore, its advantages include: slight tissue trauma, an imperceptible small scar and, accordingly, a short and easy recovery period.
- cicatricial stretch marks of the skin are removed along with excess tissue located below the navel;
- if necessary (and opportunities!) scars from other surgical interventions are removed;
- the diverged muscles of the anterior abdominal wall are contracted, their normal position and tone are restored;
- after applying cosmetic sutures, drainages are installed, then a bandage and bandage are applied.
- The operation is performed under local or general anesthesia. The duration of the operation is usually from 1 to 3 hours. Subsequent hospital stay up to 3 days is required.
Provided that excess skin and deposits of adipose tissue are localized in the area below the navel, and a deviation in weight within 10% of the patient’s ideal body weight, mini-abdominoplasty is possible.
The pain is moderate, the necessary painkillers are used. On the first day, bed rest is recommended, you can get up the next day after surgery. Slight malaise and a slight increase in temperature in the first days after surgery are acceptable. Joint removal takes place on days 5 and 12; any water procedures are prohibited before the drainage is removed.
Swelling of the operated area is maintained for 3-6 weeks. Perhaps a temporary decrease in the sensitivity of the skin over the pubis. Wearing a postoperative bandage is required for 6 weeks. Exercise should be limited for 1.5 months. In general, performance is restored within 2 weeks. The final result can be evaluated after complete maturation of the scars after 9-12 months.
Serious complications after abdominoplasty are rare, and provided that the recommendations of your plastic surgeon are clearly followed, both before and after the operation, they are practically reduced to zero.