Pregnancy can stretch out the skin on your stomach, which then lacks the elasticity to shrink back to how it was. This leads to stretch marks, sagging skin, and sometimes diastasis recti (a separation in the abdominal muscles) or hernia. Similar problems can occur with obesity, when the skin cracks and forms tiny scars. The skin also remains stretched out after major weight loss or bariatric surgery (making the stomach smaller). These changes have a negative impact on your physical health (various skin problems) as well as your mental health.
You need a personal consultation before every aesthetic operation. If you are traveling to ABClinic Art & Beauty for abdominoplasty from another country, you can have the consultation online or based on photographs. Your doctor, a certified plastic surgeon, will assess your situation and whether abdominoplasty is a suitable option for you. The doctor will recommend the most appropriate type of abdominoplasty or another operation technique such as liposuction. Before the operation, your surgeon will examine you again and assess your overall state of health and skin elasticity, and possibly take photographs to document your physical condition. As abdominoplasty is performed under general anesthesia, you will need to have a pre-operation examination at our clinic or with your GP.
The operation is performed under general anesthesia and may take between one and three hours depending on the scope and type of the procedure. If abdominoplasty is performed as part of a combined procedure, then after suctioning the appropriate amount of fat tissue the surgeon will begin the actual abdominoplasty, first correcting diastasis recti or hernia, if present, and then removing excess skin. Lastly the incisions will be closed with sutures and a compression garment put on.
This operation requires a brief in-patient stay at our clinic. Afterwards you will need to be mostly on bed rest for 10 to 14 days, so make sure to arrange for time off work. You will need to wear the post-surgical compression garment to minimize bruising and swelling for five to six weeks. You can resume exercising and sports gradually starting four weeks after surgery.