Marked improvement in body contour

Abdominoplasty consists of excision of skin and excess fat in the lower abdomen, together with the repositioning of the rectus abdominis muscles.

Common situations that lead to the search for abdominoplasty surgery are excess skin, stretch marks, sagging muscles and excess localized fat.

Over the years there is often an accumulation of fat in the abdomen, which is accompanied by excess skin. In other cases, especially after significant weight loss or after pregnancies, it is the excess skin that is most noticeable as well as a bulging of the muscles of the abdominal wall, known as rectus diastasis.

Abdominoplasty is the procedure that removes this skin and excess fat, allowing a marked improvement of the body contour. In selected cases, it can be associated with liposuction of the abdomen, flanks or back. Thus, by removing the accumulated fat, an even better definition of the silhouette is achieved.

In cases of only slight cutaneous excess, an incision similar to what is done in a cesarean is made. A small scale intervention – mini abdominoplasty.

In the postoperative period, it is essential to use a compression brace and perform lymphatic drainage.

Abdomen surgery is a procedure that consists of detaching and drying the skin and fat from the abdomen through an incision in the supra-pubic fold (above the pubis) which allows the scar to be perfectly hidden by the bikini or the underwear.

In addition to repairing the muscle wall, an abdominoplasty keeps the abdomen flat, narrowing the waist. The extent of the incision will depend on the sagging skin and the person’s degree of obesity.

This procedure is done under general anesthesia, it is always done with hospitalization for 1 or 2 days, it lasts between 2-3 hours depending on the complexity, is normally combined with liposuction of the lateral and back regions and drains are inserted for 24-48 hours post-op during hospitalization.

Recovery takes 15 days to 1 month and results are long-lasting if the patient follows the surgeon’s recommendations.


You will probably not be able to stand for a long time, which will cause some discomfort and you may also feel the skin on your abdomen tighter. Some swelling and bruising are normal, but the amount will vary from person to person. The recovery from an abdominoplasty surgery can also vary depending on the person and the type of surgery performed.

The pain associated with abdominoplasty is quite variable from patient to patient, some report a moderate amount of discomfort, while others report pain in the spine during sleep. There will however certainly be some discomfort that can be tackled with pain relievers.

No. It is completely impossible like any other surgical procedure to have no scarring associated with it. Currently the techniques leave the scar below the line of a normal bikini. Make sure that you have discussed the types of incisions and techniques with your surgeon at the pre-op consultation.

The outcome of the scars depends on several personal factors of each type of skin. However, there are drainage treatments, massages, compression, silicone slabs and creams that help a lot to achieve a significant improvement in the final aspect of the scar, although the best treatment of all is simply time.

The results can last for many years. If you don’t gain weight or become pregnant after your tummy tuck, then the changes can be long-lasting and permanent. There will always be some relaxation of the tissues with age, but not reaching the same level as before surgery.
Tummy tuck can take a long time to heal completely. Many patients can return to their normal activity after 3 weeks, but this depends on the extent of the surgery and the work activity performed. In some cases,work can only be resumed after more than 1 month. During the 1st month a compression belt is used day and night and it will be maintained until the end of the lymphatic drainage of the entire abdominal wall.

Surgery is recommended for women who do not wish to have more children. Surgery is highly recommended for women whose pregnancies have altered the definition of the abdominal region.

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