Abdominoplasty surgery is popular with individuals who want firm, flat midsections, especially after significant weight loss or pregnancy has overstretched the abdominal skin and muscles.
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Is Abdominoplasty for You?
While Abdominoplasty surgery may involve removing residual fat from the midsection, its primary goals are to remove excess, sagging skin and tighten separated abdominal muscles. If your primary concern is excess fat in the torso or abdomen, liposuction may be a better option for you.
Good candidates for an Abdominoplasty include:
An Abdominoplasty is not a weight-loss surgery, nor is it appropriate for individuals who intend to lose weight in the future. In order to undergo Adominoplasty surgery, you should be in good overall health and must demonstrate that you can maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI).
Your Abdominoplasty Options
Our surgeons customize Abdominoplasty surgery to meet the personal needs of each patient. Your surgeon will recommend a specific surgical plan after evaluating your physical characteristics and discussing your aesthetic goals. Generally, our surgeons perform either a full or a limited (mini) abdominoplasty.
In a full Abdominoplasty, the surgeon makes one horizontal incision just above the pubic area, spanning from hipbone to hipbone. Our surgeons make the incision as low as possible so it's concealed by your underwear or a bikini. The surgeon elevates the skin, exposing the abdominal muscles and allowing him to repair the diastasis rectus to tighten and slim the midsection. Your surgeon will remove excess skin and possibly use liposuction to further refine the area.
Some individuals require correction only of those areas below the navel. In these cases our surgeons may recommend a limited, or mini-Adominoplasty. This operation is similar to a full Abdominoplasty, with the primary differences being that the incision is shorter and the surgeon removes excess skin below the navel only. The belly button is not re-positioned, but may be reshaped as the skin is stretched.
As with a full Abdominoplasty, your surgeon may use liposuction to remove excess fat and contour the final results.
Recovery After an Abdominoplasty
Abdominoplasty is an outpatient procedure, performed at Macleod Trail Surgical Centre, our state-of-the-art, fully accredited, private surgical suite. The surgery typically takes 2 to 3 hours, depending on the extent of correction required. After you've recovered from the general anesthesia – typically 2 hours after surgery – you will be discharged to the care of a friend or loved one, who should stay with you overnight. You will receive detailed post-op instructions to make your recovery as comfortable as possible. You will be instructed on how to care for and monitor the surgical drains that will be left in place to prevent fluid build up. These are typically removed within the first week.
Everyone's experience is different, but in general, Adominoplasty patients take about 2 weeks off from work in order to get their healing well underway. You will wear a compression garment for several weeks for support and to help with healing, and you will be advised to keep your activity level light to moderate. Your surgeon will advise you as to when you can resume exercise and other more strenuous activities.
We encourage communication with our office in order to maximize comfort and clarify any uncertainties.