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Abdominoplasty

In an abdominoplasty or abdominoplasty, excess skin including subcutaneous fatty tissue is removed. Depending on the findings, an abdominoplasty can be combined with liposuction. If necessary, the direction of the straight abdominal muscles, which can diverge e.g. after pregnancy, can be restored. Mini Abdominoplasty refers to a tightening of the lower abdomen without the abdominal navel being displaced. The scars can be hidden horizontally in the natural skin fold just above the pubic hair.

How can you prepare for an abdominoplasty?

  • The abdominoplasty should be performed when the desired weight has been reached.
  • All your questions about possible complications and alternative treatments should be answered in advance.
  • Keep nicotine and alcohol consumption to a minimum!
  • If necessary, take hormone-containing medication (the pill) temporarily.
  • Blood-thinning medication (e.g. ASS, Thomapyrin®) must be discontinued at least 10 days before the operation after consultation with your doctor.
  • Vitamin preparations (A, E) and food supplements (omega-3 fatty acids, St. John's wort preparations, etc.) must be discontinued at least 4 weeks before the operation.
  • A follow-up cost insurance should be taken out for the performance of aesthetic operations.
  • Operations limit the ability to travel by air. Therefore, do not plan any professional or private air travel in the 6 weeks after the operation!

How is an abdominoplasty performed?

  • As a rule, surgery is performed under general anesthesia. This is associated with an inpatient stay of 2 to 3 days.
  • Mini Abdominoplasty can be performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia or twilight sleep.
  • As a rule, the skin on the lower abdomen is sutured with self-dissolving skin threads, with the exception of the navel.
  • Depending on the findings, drainage tubes are inserted into the wound, which can be removed again after a short period of time.
  • The procedure takes approx. 2 hours, depending on the extent of the procedure.

What do you have to consider after an abdominoplasty?

  • Postoperative clinical check-ups are recommended on the 3rd postoperative day and after 1, 2, 6 weeks as well as after 6 and 12 months.
  • Showering is possible immediately before the wound check from the 3rd postoperative day.
  • Wound suture strips (e.g. Steri-strips®) should be left for 2 weeks.
  • The navel sutures are pulled between the 10th and 14th postoperative day.
  • During the first 10 days, care should be taken to position the navel in such a way as to relieve the abdominal ceiling (lateral position with the legs pulled up or supine position in the stepped bed).
  • Previously fitted compression garments should be worn continuously for 6 weeks.
  • Sport, saunas, swimming, heavy work and sunbathing should be avoided for at least 6 weeks.
  • Abdominal muscle training should be avoided for at least 3 months.
  • Scar care (scar massage, sun protection, silicone overlay) from the 3rd postoperative week onwards helps to create inconspicuous scars.

Author's statement

Author: Stéphane Stahl, MD, PhD. There are no financial relationships with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries that could have influenced the above text. Any reproduction, even partial, is permitted for personal use only. All texts used on this website are protected by copyright.

 

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