It is an abdominal reconstruction procedure where excess fat, skin and stretch marks are removed after pregnancy or after losing a lot of weight, completely changing the patient’s body contour. The results of a tummy tuck are a slimmer waist and more harmonious curves.
¿Who are candidates for abdominoplasty?
The most common candidates are:
Women after pregnancies. In the process of pregnancy the skin stretches and the skin fibers break and produce stretch marks, there is also an excess of skin that our body can not retract. In addition, the stretching of the linea alba, which is a thin fiber found at the junction of the two rectus abdominis muscles, causes the abdominal wall to become flaccid and the organs of our abdomen to produce the “tummy tuck” effect. The condition of weakness of the muscular wall is medically called diastasis recti. In these cases, abdominoplasty has the objective of repairing this weakness of the abdominal wall by means of a reinforcement with sutures, as well as removing the excess skin and fat.
Men and women who have lost a lot of weight. It is very common for patients who have undergone a bariatric procedure such as gastric balloon, gastric sleeve or bypass to lose a lot of weight rapidly. The skin’s ability to retract is lost and the patient is left with excess skin that must be removed to regain a uniform appearance.
Abdominoplasty is performed with a long incision from one side of the hip to the other, just above the pubic bone. The abdominal wall is reconstructed with sutures to bring the rectus abdominis muscles together. After the excess skin is removed, the navel is repositioned. To enhance the result of an abdominoplasty, liposuction can be performed on the flanks and hips, shaping the patient's body contour
This procedure is performed under general anesthesia with the help of an anesthesiologist and takes approximately 3 hours.
It is not a surgery that requires absolute rest. It is necessary to wear a special medical grade abdominal binder that will allow adequate control of the swelling, avoid irregularities and give you support when moving. The stitches are removed after 15 days.
Hospitalization: 1 night
Anesthesia: Epidural block or general anesthesia.
Surgery Time: 3 hours
Rest time: 15 days