About the procedure

Excess skin and fat tissue in the abdominal area is common after pregnancy or it can be caused by a significant weight loss. Correction of loose skin and abdominal adiposity (Abdominoplasty) is a surgery performed to remove the excess skin and fat tissue of the abdomen, and sometimes to reconstruct the weakened or separated abdominal muscles.

Preoperative procedure

Prior to the operative procedure, it is necessary to perform certain blood tests, an ECG, and sometimes a chest X-ray. Your doctor will inform of you of the required tests.

Anaesthesia

This procedure is performed under general anaesthesia.

Operation

Persons with a smaller amount of excess tissue in the lower part of the abdomen bellow the navel can sometimes undergo a correction consisting of a smaller operative procedure called a “mini abdominoplasty”. In this operation, the surgeon makes a smaller horizontal incision in the lower part of the abdomen to remove the excess skin and fat tissue. In most cases, a complete abdominoplasty is necessary, and the surgeon makes a long, curved incision across the lower abdomen. The skin and adipose tissue is lifted and the excess tissue is removed. For this operation, the navel has to be repositioned. In case of a weakened musculature, muscles are sewn in the midline. This operation is often combined with a liposuction to improve the abdominal contour.

Postoperative procedure

The day after the surgery, plastic tubes that served for drainage are removed. A special corset has to be worn for 4-6 weeks after the operation. The duration of the recovery will depend on the extent of the surgery.