Abdominoplasty improves the contour of the abdomen by removing excess skin and fat. It also give us the opportunity to tighten the underlying muscles, to repair any diastasis recti or any underlying hernias. Pregnancy and significant weight loss can significantly impact the appearance of the abdomen.
During the consultation you will discuss with Dr. Soteriou your areas of concern and your goals regarding abdominoplasty surgery. Dr. Soteriou will examine your abdomen, checking the skin and muscle tone as well as the excess fatty deposits. Women planning on future pregnancies should delay abdominoplasty until they have finished having children.
Abdominoplasty procedure is performed at American Medical Center under general anesthesia with an overnight stay in the hospital. The abdominoplasty incision will be placed in the same location as a c-section scar, to keep it hidden by underwear and swimming suit. The length of the incision varies between patients depending on how much laxity they have. Umbilicus is preserved and excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen is removed. The abdominal muscles are tightened to improve the waist line. Liposuction is usually performed at the same time to improve the overall contour.
After surgery you will go home and you will be permitted to shower 2 days after surgery. You will be instructed to wear an abdominal binder for 4 weeks. There is great variability in the recovery period between patients, but a period of 1 week is typical to return to normal activities and work. Exercise in the Gym must be avoided for 4-6 weeks following surgery.