Abdominoplasty improves the contour of the abdomen by removing excess skin and fat and tightening the underlying muscles. Pregnancy and significant weight loss can significantly impact the appearance of the abdomen. There is frequently stretched skin and muscles that will not improve despite exercise.
Your Surgical Experience
Abdominoplasty is often performed on an outpatient basis. If this is the case, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and to stay with you at least the first night following surgery. When abdominoplasty is performed at the same time as a hernia repair or hysterectomy, a short hospital stay may be required.
Sometimes small drains will be placed to remove excess fluid. These will be removed in the office approximately one week after surgery. Dressings along with an abdominal binder will be put in place. The binder will be worn for 4-6 weeks.
Recently we introduced the NO DRAIN technique in the Clinic and Dr tells us about the first series of 70 selected patients with great results. The tunnelling technique of Dr Stevens from L.A. is an essential part and the innovative V loc sutures. It causes less infection, quicker healing and less inconvenience for our patients.
If you are a smoker, you will be asked to stop smoking well in advance of surgery, as cigarette smoking before or after abdominoplasty can significantly hinder the wound healing process. Aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs can cause increased bleeding, so you should avoid taking these medications for a period of time before surgery.
A flatter, firmer stomach
Pregnancy, weightloss, aging: they can all cause the skin around the stomach or lower stomach to become slack and stretched. We can correct a sagging stomach with a stomach wall correction - also called a stomach correction, abdominoplasty or tummy tuck.
We distinguish between 4 possible treatments for tightening your stomach.
If you have good elastic skin but too much subcutaneous fat then liposuction - liposculpture of the stomach and belly is sufficient. This is a simple procedure which leaves no visible scars and gives fast, permanent results.
Liposculpture + tightening of the abdominal muscles:
If you have good elastic skin, excess fat and slack stomach muscles you can opt for liposuction combined with subcutaneous tightening of the stomach muscles.
Mini Tummy tuck:
If you just have excess skin around the lower stomach (between the navel and the pubis) then a mini tummy tuck is the right option. With a mini tummy tuck the slack muscles of the lower stomach can also be tightened. A mini tummy tuck can be performed on an outpatient basis under intravenous sedation. After the procedure you rest in one of our private patient rooms. You can return home or to your hotel the same evening.
Full Tummy tuck:
If your abdominal wall is completely loose and you have sagging skin and slack muscles above the navel then a full abdominoplasty (full tummy tuck with tightening of the muscles) is the best solution. With this treatment we remove the excess skin above and below the navel, up to the ribs. The navel is transposed. A full abdominoplasty is a larger operation: You will normally stay one full day and night.
Brazilian Tummy Tuck
Is a variant on the NO DRAIN abdominoplasty: with extra quilting of the underlying muscles and V Loc system. You need to be a good candidate. If you want to find out more, please send us some photos for assessment..
Another great innovation that has brought to the table is the design of two main procedures to fulfil all these mothers’ wishes.
For mild to moderate changes, when there is too much skin laxity or stretch marks, a ‘ TOTAL DEFINER MOMMY HI DEF’ is the procedure of choice. This repairs the abdominal muscles that have been over-stretched by the pregnancy through a small incision (less than a C-section scar) and add body contouring to achieve definition.
In cases where there is too much skin laxity and/or stretch marks, an ‘TOTAL DEFINER EVE TECHNIQUE’ is the procedure of choice. While a regular abdominoplasty stretches the skin while taking out the extra tissue and stretch marks, the technique adds a new belly button and definition: giving the impression of a renewed body, with an athletic appearance.
- Liposculpture for the stomach
- Liposculpture for the stomach + tightening the stomach muscles
- Mini-Tummy tuck = mini stomach correction - mini abdominoplasty
- Full Tummy tuck = full stomach correction - full abdominoplasty