How to reduce the abdomen by surgery

What is abdominoplasty and what techniques are used?

Abdominoplasty is a surgical technique indicated in patients who present an abdomen with lax skin, which hangs below the waist like an apron and is generally accompanied by excess fat in the abdominal contour. It is also indicated in patients who do not have excess fat, but their skin has become very lax and wrinkled due to pregnancy.
To remove the excess skin and tighten it, a resulting scar is required that the surgeon hides in the suprapubic line so that it is not visible with bikini or underwear.

The hanging skin is tractioned vertically having previously released the navel so that the area of skin above it is also tightened. This waist scar will generally be long, although in some very selected cases it could be small, such as that of a cesarean section. The remodeling of the waist is achieved by tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall and modeling the fat with complementary liposuction techniques in the same surgery, calling this procedure “lipoabdominoplasty”. The navel is not lost and is repositioned in its ideal zone. When the excess skin was of poor quality and had stretch marks, these will disappear in the new image of the abdomen.

To which patients it is recommended

Abdominoplasty is indicated for patients with excess skin and abdominal fat who feel self-conscious, especially when they are aware that when they sit down they literally overflow their thighs and they find it unsightly and uncomfortable. Also in patients who despite maintaining a beautiful physique, pregnancy has left them with loose and striated skin on their abdomen, which detracts from their overall appearance, and they prefer to have the scar that can be concealed under the bikini than to show such loose skin.

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Previous study or preparation

If the patient has a significant overweight, it is advisable to make a balanced diet and naturally contours most of your body, so it will be more visible lax skin that hangs excess and allow the plastic surgeon a better overall aesthetic result and overall.
As with all surgeries, blood tests, electrocardiogram and previous photos of standing and sitting are required to assess in the postoperative period.

Risks of abdominoplasty

In this surgery, as in the facelift, which involve a large detachment and mobilization of tissues, it is essential that the patient is not a smoker. If you are a smoker, the operation is not recommended because of the risk of a very important complication, such as necrosis or death of the cells and tissues of the abdominal wall, which appear a few days after the intervention.

To avoid the accumulation of liquids in the internal wound, drainage tubes are generally placed to facilitate their elimination in the days following the surgery.

How is the postoperative period carried out?

The postoperative period requires daily wound dressings with antiseptic and wearing a compression garment for a period of time, about four to six weeks.

For night rest it is recommended to place some pillows behind the back and under the knees to remove tension from the abdominal muscles that have been retensioned during the first ten days approximately.

The patient usually returns to normal life after a couple of weeks and to physical exercise one month after surgery.

It is one of the surgeries that patients are most grateful for and that increases their self-esteem due to the great improvement in their image.