Women and men who have loose abdominal skin and fat that is concentrated in the abdomen can benefit from aesthetic abdominoplasty operation. Sometimes these conditions are inherited. In other instances, substantial weight loss may cause abdominal skin to become flaccid. Abdominoplasty also can tighten muscles that have been separated and weakened by pregnancy. The procedure may somewhat improve the appearance of stretch marks, especially those located below the navel. The goal is a narrower, flatter abdomen. It can be done in combination with liposuction to further define areas such as the flanks, hips and lower back in Cyprus Aesthetic Center. An abdominoplasty is not a substitute for weight loss.

The surgery takes 2-3 hours under general anesthesia and involves an incision that goes from one hip to the other. Generally, a horizontal incision is placed just within or above the pubic area. The length of the incision, which sometimes extends laterally toward the pelvic bones, depends largely on the amount of skin to be removed. The contour of this incision will vary somewhat according to the structure of your abdomen and the style of bathing suit or undergarments that you prefer. If there is loose skin above the navel, the we have to make a second incision around the navel. Skin of the lower abdomen that contains stretch marks may be removed as well. For any remaining stretch marks you should not expect a dramatic change in their appearance.

When the amount of loose skin is minimal and the excess fat deposits are located below the navel, a short horizontal incision is all that is necessary. This procedure is called a partial, or "mini," abdominoplasty. Sometimes liposuction may be used alone, or in conjunction with abdominoplasty, to remove abdominal fat. Abdominoplasty is not a substitute for weight reduction, nor is it meant to treat minor skin wrinkling or looseness. Frequently, however, diet and exercise alone cannot correct certain conditions, particularly when underlying muscles as well as skin are stretched as often occurs after multiple pregnancies. The patient will remain in the hospital for one to two days with hips bent to reduce tension on the abdominal area.

The dressing is replaced by an appropriate abdominal supporter before the patient is discharged. To permit proper healing, you should avoid strenuous activity and straining for three to six weeks. The decision on when to return to work and normal activities depends on how fast you heal and how you feel.

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