Also known as tummy tuck, abdominoplasty removes excess fat and skin, and restores weakened or separated muscles, creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.
A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and diet.
Sometimes exercise and diet, however can’t achieve our goals. Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging.
The most common causes of this include pregnancy, ageing, significant fluctuations in weight and heredity.
An abdominoplasty may be an effective way to improve the appearance of your abdomen, but it is a substantial surgical procedure, which carries certain risks.
Dr. Joffily will be able to advise if this is a suitable treatment for you, after an extensive examination during your consultation.
Two approaches to Abdominoplasty – Full and Mini Techniques
The procedure for a complete, or full abdominoplasty typically starts with an incision made from hip to hip just above the pubic area. Then, another incision is made to free the navel from the surrounding skin. The skin is detached from the abdominal wall to reveal the muscle fascia, which is tightened with sutures and muscles edges are approximated. After that, the surgeon removes the excess skin and fat. The belly button stalk is then brought out through a new hole and sutured into place.
Liposuction is often performed to refine and improve the abdominal sides. A complete abdominoplasty can take three to five hours.
A partial, or mini, abdominoplasty involves smaller incisions. The skin and fat of the lower abdomen are detached in a more limited fashion from the muscle fascia. The skin is stretched down and excess skin removed. The belly button stalk may be divided from the muscle below and the belly button moved lower on the abdominal wall. A portion of the abdominal muscle fascia wall is then tightened, and liposuction is often used to complete the contour definition. The flap is then stitched back into place. A partial abdominoplasty, or mini-tuck, normally takes one to two hours.
What to do after you have undergone a Abdominoplasty
People recover from this type of surgery at different pace. Most patients will return to work three weeks after the procedure. If your job, however involves heavy lifting or physical activity, you may need to extend your recovery period.
Patients that had a tummy tuck need to avoid strenuous activity for at least six weeks after the operation. Your plastic surgeon will give you specific instructions about the recovery process including restrictions on various activities. Be prepared to follow these recommendations to avoid serious complications.
As with any surgical procedure, there are certain risks involved. In general, the risk of tummy tuck surgery complications is higher in people that are less healthy, smokers and diabetics. Dr. Joffily will do everything he can to minimize risk, but it is important for you to be aware of possible complications before consenting to abdominoplasty.
Achieving a smooth and firm appearance