The information contained gives a general idea about the operation and does not replace a consultation.
The consultation is personal and specific to the individual concerned.
All consultations involve taking a thorough medical history and a physical examination of the relevant area involved.
How does an abdominoplasty help?
- Ideal for removing excess skin on the tummy resulting from either weight loss or after pregnancy.
- Helps remove stretch marks present below the belly button.
- Helps prevent soreness and infection in the skin crease above the pubic hair.
- Tightening of the tummy muscles helps get rid of any bulges and smoothes the tummy.
- Produces a lift of the outer thighs and re-creates a “wasp” waist.
Tell me about the operation?
There are 4 types of operation both performed under general anaesthetic.
- A section of skin below the belly button is removed.
- This is good for people who generally just have excess stretched skin present below the belly button and are otherwise thin.
- Operation takes 2 hours.
- Discharged home after 1 to 2 days.
- Minimal scarring just above the pubic hair.
- Full Abdominoplasty
- Larger section of skin and fat is removed below the belly button.
- The skin above the belly button is then brought down to just above the pubic hair.
- The belly button is re-sited through this skin.
- This is good for people who have generalised abdominal skin excess.
- Operation takes 3 hours.
- Discharged home after 2 days.
- Scar from just beyond each hip and around the belly button.
- Extended Abdominoplasty
- This is equivalent to a full abdominoplasty but with the tissue removed extending further around towards the back – approximately 2/3rds to ¾’s the circumference.
- This allows a lift to occur to the outer thighs smoothing off the thighs and giving a tightening at the waist resulting in a “wasp” waist effect.
- The effects are the same as for full abdominoplasty
- Scars – As described, the scars will vary in length depending on the procedure chosen. Sometimes the scars can become thickened and may require special dressings after healing.
- Infection – this can happen after the operation and may require antibiotics.
- Bleeding – occasionally a collection can form in the tummy which would need removal.
- Seroma – occasionally a collection of serous fluid (like blister fluid) can collect. With the larger operations it is uaually the choice to go home with drains in and have them removed several days later to prevent this from happening.
- A rest period of 2 weeks is usually recommended.
- Return to lighter duties initially to prevent soreness.
- Supportive pants advised to help prevent seroma formation.
What are the possible complications?
These are the commonest complications. Other more rare ones would also be discussed at the consultation.