With a greater focus on exercise, and a less restrictive attitude to flaunting skin, we are more concerned about how our bodies look than ever before. Today, a wide range of procedures exist to help men and women sculpt their bodies and, for many, an abdominoplasty can correct some issues that cannot be improved with diet and exercise alone.
An abdominoplasty is not designed to help people lose weight. Surgery does, however, afford an opportunity to correct some of the conditions that result from earlier obesity and pregnancy.
During an abdominoplasty, excess fatty tissue and skin folds in the mid to lower abdominal region are removed. The abdominal supportive structures may also be tightened during the operation and the pubic mound can be reduced & reshaped.
There are several techniques that can be employed. The basic operation involves raising the abdominal skin and fatty tissue, stretching it in a downward direction, and removing the excess with suture line closure within the so-called “bikini line”. Repair of muscular supportive structures is done at the same time. The operation frequently requires repositioning the navel to a higher level in the lowered skin, whilst keeping it at its normal height.
All abdominoplasty procedures result in a scar, which will be positioned along the bikini line. Post-operative scarring can take between six and 12 months to resolve, and there will always be a permanent mark. When considering abdominoplasty, therefore, Professor Moore recommends patients question whether or not the redundant abdominal folds are of such a degree that scars are preferable.
Abdominoplasty carries the same risks as any other major surgical operations. Since the patient is usually in good health beforehand, the dangers are significantly lessened but may include seroma (fluid collection) and wound infection.
How long does it take?
The procedure itself takes up to four hours and is typically followed by a two-day stay in hospital. About 10 days after the procedure the stitches will have dissolved.
When will I be able to see the results?
You will have a flat tummy immediately after the procedure, and the scars will heal in approximately six weeks. The results will continue to improve over a six to 12 month period. Professor Moore advises that it is important not to smoke for at least two weeks before & for six months after surgery to ensure adequate healing.