Achieving a flat abdomen is one of the most common desires in patients.
This surgery (also known as abdominoplasty and lipectomy) corrects saggy abdominal skin, some stretch marks and the separation of the abdominal muscles (diastasis), all of which are frequent consequences of pregnancy, weight change or aging. You can also correct Umbilical hernias in this surgery.
Recover muscle tension and tension of the abdominal skin by removing the excess skin. It flattens your abdomen and improves the appearance, increases physical performance and decreases the feeling of tiredness while standing (a common symptom of flabby abdomens).
It begins with an incision above the pubis to both sides of the hip, then abdominal excess skin and fat are removed, the surgeon corrects the position of the abdominal muscles if needed, allowing greater firmness in the abdominal wall. Umbilical hernia is corrected if needed, and the incisions are closed creating a new navel.
The size of the incision depends on the amount of skin removed. Each patient has special needs, the most precise and accurate information for you can be provided at the medical consultation.
Hospitalization is normally one or two days. After the surgery, dressings are placed and a belt designed to decrease natural inflammation of the procedure, with drains remaining for 3 to 5 days.
You can return to your regular activities in 2 or 3 weeks. The results are noticeable immediately and the end result takes a few months.
The scar can be covered by the bikini line, and depending on postoperative care and patient genetics it becomes almost imperceptible approximately one year later.
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Yes, but when you are not at your ideal weight the results are not optimal since the objective of this procedure is to correct saggy skin. Moreover, this surgery is not a substitute for diet and exercise.
This procedure is recommended when you don’t want to have more children, a new pregnancy can cause changes in skin tension, affecting the improvement of the procedure.
The scar is along the bikini line and inside the navel. The characteristics of the scar are determined by genetics of each patient, but it is very important to apply sheets of silicone gel during the first months to reduce its visibility, in some cases the use of radio frequency is recommended as well as infiltrations with corticosteroids and/or bleaching creams for a better and faster scar recovery result.
The result is permanent but you must be careful of your weight to maintain the result of the surgery.