10 May, 2017
10 May, 2017


Improves the appearance of the abdomen after pregnancy or significant weight loss.

Abdominoplasty, also known as abdominal surgery or dermolipectomy, surgically removes excess skin and fatty tissue from the abdominal region, generally comprising the area between the belly button and the lower abdominal fold (other times from a C-section scar). Depending on the needs of each individual patient, the abdominal wall’s musculature can be sutured and tightened. The incision is crescent shaped (its length depends on the excess skin and fat removed).
2 to 4 hours approximately.

This procedure can also be done with anesthetic regional blockades done with the use of local anesthetics, as well as general anesthesia.

Need for hospitalization
Can be done with hospitalization or without, depending on the patient’s health, as well as their and the doctor’s preferences. Possible side effects are: temporary discomfort, lower back pain, postoperative swelling, pain or hypersensitivity in the surrounding areas, numbness or hyposensitivity of the abdominal skin, as well as possible bruising.
Potential risks: infection, bleeding at the incision or below the skin flap, pulmonary embolism (due to the blood clot reaching the lungs), pathological scarring (keloid), delay in scarring and even scar enlargement. Another possible risk can be the need for a secondary revision surgery.

The patient can return to their normal activities in 2 to 4 weeks. After a timely valuation by the doctor, the patient can return to more extraneous activities in about 4 to 6 weeks. The scars will fade in color and consistency from the 3 month up to a year after the intervention. The patient must wear a postoperative compression garment for 4 weeks.

Results will be visible for a few years, unless the patient gains weight or, in the case of women, gets pregnant.



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