What is the operation of Abdominoplasty, Miniabdominoplasty?
The operation of Abdominoplasty, also known as thinning of the abdomen, is an operation carried out to remove excess skin and fat, or to obtain a flat abdomen, which occurs most of the time after pregnancy or after lowering or taking Weight. It can help to return the muscles of the abdominal wall if they were pushed apart, especially in the median area (known as “divarification of Recti”). Stretch marks can be in some cases removed or tightened to make them less obvious.
Ideally, your weight will be at a normal level before the operation. Abdominoplasty is not recommended for overweight people, or carried out in order to lose weight. For the person with the right indication, abdominoplasty can make a major difference in self-confidence and quality of life.
The costs of the operation of Abdominoplasty, Miniabdominoplasty.
The operation costs of abdominoplasty, miniabdominoplasty depend on the operative technique used and concomitant procedures. The cost varies between 2000 EUR-4500 EUR. These costs include the surgeon’s fee, anesthesiologist and hospitalization as well as all the medications and materials necessary for the operation and during hospitalization.
What happens before the operation?
You will have on meeting with the surgeon to discuss the reason why you want surgery and what you want exactly. The surgeon will be aware of any diseases you suffer from or have suffered in the past. You will also be informed about any medications under which you are, including herbal remedies and medicines that are not prescribed by your doctor.
The surgeon will examine your abdomen, and may take some photographs for your medical records. He will ask you if you want to have someone with you during the examination, and will ask you to sign a consent form to retrieve, store, and use the photos.
The surgeon will measure your height and weight to ensure it is safe for you to do this operation. If you are overweight, pregnant or planning to become pregnant, the surgeon may suggest postponing the operation.
How can I help the operation to be a success?
How does the operation of Abdominoplasty, Miniabdominoplasty?
Standard operation of Abdominoplasty.
This is the most common type of abdominoplasty. It makes a cut on the body, from one hip to the other and around the navel (umbilical). The extra skin and fat are removed from the upper level of pubic hair to the navel. The above muscles and under the navel are tightented. The skin is then sewn together resulting in a circular scar around the navel and a long scar along the lower abdomen.
In the case of Mini abdominoplasty operation will result in a lower effect than in the case of standard abdominoplasty operation.
abdominoplasty for patients with a high excess of skin on both the upper and lower abdomen, a fleur-de-lis-type abdominoplasty operation could be appropriate. In this case in addition to the longitudinal cut is carried out and a vertical one, so that the scar that will result will resemble an anchor.
You can also consider the following options.
- To do and liposuction (operation in which fat is sucked through a tube inserted through small cuts) before or after abdominoplasty, to thin the abdominal wall. This is useful, but the results can be unpredictable. Only the operation of liposuction has a lower effect than abdominoplasty.
- A major abdominoplasty operation, in which you will be extracted skin and excess fatty tissue from the lower back and above the hips. Following this operation, the scar will spread around the lower back.
- An operation of endoscopic abdominoplasty, in which case the abdominal muscles are gathered by a brief lateral incision above the pubic hair. The skin is not eliminated, but liposuction can be performed.
- An operation of Apronectomy, which is actually a modified mini operation of abdominoplasty for cases where you have a lot of skin and fat hanging over the pubeship area. On this occasion, only excess skin and fat will be removed. But it will leave a long lateral scar.
If you have scars following previous operations, the scars resulting from the abdominoplasty operation can be adjusted to match the scars you already have.
How long does the operation take, hospitalization is required?
Adminoplasty interventions are usually performed under general anesthesia (so you will be asleep). The operation usually takes about three hours, and will, most of the time, require up to three days of hospitalization.
When you wake up from the operation you may have a liquid probe to moisturise you during the time you can not drink water. You may be given antibiotics to keep the wound clean. You may also have drainage tubes in your lower abdomen for leaking fluids or blood. These tubes will be removed when the blood or fluid has stopped leaking, usually before being discharged. You will feel the abdomen tightly and inflamed. General use painkillers should be sufficient to keep you in a comfortable state.
What to expect after the operation
After abdominoplasty, you will be applied bandages on your abdomen and you will most likely have small, temporary drainage tubes introduced under the skin to prevent fluid collection. The plastic surgeon will prescribe medications to help you feel as comfortable as possible. The plastic surgeon may also recommend sleeping in an armchair rather than a bed to keep the body in a flexed position and make it easier to lift.
You will be encouraged to rise and go as soon as possible after surgery. Because you will not be able to stay in full upright position for at least a week, walking can be somewhat difficult at first. It is important to maximize blood circulation at this stage of the motion recovery process.
By the end of the first week, all the tubes will be removed, you will remove the wires, and the abdominal bruises and swelling will be reached the culmination.
The first few weeks
You will also need to be careful not to lift or bend sharply, or other such movements of the abdomen during this stage of early recovery. After 3-4 or more weeks, abdominal bruising and swollen areas will obviously begin to disappear.
After a few months
After a few months, you will begin to see improvements following the abdominoplasty operation. At this point you should enjoy full sensitivity and comfort in the abdominal area, and you will notice that the scars following the incisions begin to fade.
- Risks and side effects associated with the operation..
Specific risk of operation
- The scar after the operation will remain. They will usually be red in the beginning, then Violet, then they will fade becoming starting from 12 to 18 months. The main scars are transverse over the lower abdomen and around the navel. The form of scars will depend on the type of abdominoplasty in some cases, these scars can become more brown, thicker, red or even painful, and may need surgery to correct them.
- Serom This is where the liquid is collected in the abdomen. The liquid may need to be drained through a needle inserted through the skin, or through another operation. This may affect the end result of surgery.
- Infection If an infection of the wound occurs, antibiotics may be needed or another operation. This may affect the end result of surgery.
- Swelling, bruising and pain. There will be some swelling and bruising on the abdomen after the operation, and this can take months to pass. Long-term pain may occur, but this is less common.
- Feeling full and “paralytic ileus”
- You may feel tired after you consume relatively small amounts of food. In rare cases, a segment of the intestine can “block” for a few days, causing swelling of the abdomen, vomiting and constipation. This is rare and it will resolve itself, but it can affect the long-term habit of eating in the usual way.
- Healing problems. Sometimes the healing of these wounds can last longer than normal, or the edges may collapse. Usually these problems are remedied by the paning of wounds, but can prolong the recovery time and may worsen scars. Smokers are more likely to have healing problems.
- The scars will not be symmetrical exactly and you may have small bumps. The upper abdomen wall above the cyclone is thicker than under the scar, so it can remain a fat protrusion above the scars. Liposuction can help to remedy this. Also, the navel can be easily decentralised.
- Deterioration of deep structures Although this is rare, the operation can damage the deep structures, including nerves, blood vessels, muscles and intestines (the part of the intestine under the stomach). This deterioration may be temporary or permanent.
- Loss of blood supply to the skin, navel, or fat. Some areas of the skin, areas of fat or navel may die (necrosis), if the blood supply has been lost following surgical intervention. This may mean that you need another operation, which can affect the end result of the surgical intervention. There may be nodules where the necrosis occurred.
- Unsatisfactory result. Sometimes patients are not satisfied with the result of their abdominoplasty operation. This may be related to the appearance or the way you feel the abdomen, or the fact that sometimes the abdomen is not according to their expectations. It is very important to talk to your doctor before you have surgery, about the look you want, and if this can be done safely, having a positive result.
- Changes over time. The appearance of your abdomen will change as a result of ageing or other circumstances that are not related to surgical intervention, such as taking or losing weight. You may need additional surgical interventions or other treatments to maintain the results of Abdominoplastia. Physical exercises for muscles performed carefully and maintaining constant weight will help to maintain the result of the operation.
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