It is the most requested intervention following pregnancy or significant weight loss.
It is also called apronectomy which means removal of the abdominal skin "apron" which is often present following pregnancy or weight loss. Those who request it want to eliminate sagging skin and have a toned and youthful abdomen. Abdominoplasty can affect a very wide age group, from the young to the elderly. Depending on the amount of tissue to be removed, we can speak of abdominoplasty or miniabdominoplasty.
1 week first checkup
2 weeks according to control
4 weeks third checkup
Abdominoplasty involves a scar called bisiliac because it goes from one iliac crest to another, this scar often falls at the same height as the scar used for cesarean delivery, in these cases it is therefore possible to reuse the cesarean scar avoiding another one.
Through this incision it will be possible to remove all the excess fat and skin and it will also be possible to work on the abdominal muscles: in fact, in these patients there is often a diastasis (separation) of the rectus abdominis muscles which determines a rounded appearance of the abdomen. By working on the abdominal muscles, it will be possible to bring them closer together, obtaining a flatter abdomen and a reduction in the waist. The navel will be repositioned where it was before without any visible scar. In the case of mini abdominoplasty we will instead limit ourselves to the removal of excess skin without repositioning the navel.
This intervention lasts about 3 hours; it is performed under general anesthesia and requires one or two nights of hospitalization. The postoperative course involves the removal of the stitches after 14 days; 4 weeks before returning to work and everyday life; 6-8 weeks to return to physical activity during which a containment girdle must be used. The intervention is very successful and restores harmony and a tonic and youthful appearance to those in need.
In the case of mini abdominoplasty the scar will be smaller, the hospitalization is only for one night and the post-operative course shorter.
Absolute rest for 2 weeks; sitting or in bed as much as possible; do not wet the abdomen; wear the girdle day and night for 6 weeks; take the prescribed medications.
First check-up after 1 week during which the dressing will be changed.
Second check-up after 2 weeks during which the stitches will be removed and after which you can go back to work.
Third check-up after 4-6 weeks after which it will be possible to return to everyday life, including physical and sporting activity.
Last checkup after 6 months.