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 CIRCUMFERENTIAL ABDOMINOPLASTY HELP?
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TELL ME ABOUT THE OPERATION?
This operation is under general anaesthetic.
Circumferential Abdominoplasty (Body Lift)
A section of tissue is removed all the way around the body.
As well as an outer thigh lift and waist re-shaping, a buttock lift is also performed which lifts and re-shapes the buttocks giving a more rounded appearance.
The scar extends around the back to meet at the top of the buttock cleft.
Dissolving stitches will heal on their own.
Healing time for mini-abdominoplasty usually 3 weeks.
Healing time for full / extended and circumferential abdominoplasty usually 4 weeks.
You will wear a tight-fitting garment around the tummy for between 2 and 4 weeks to help the skin re-attach.
This procedure may be combined with liposuction to help give the tummy a better shape and reduce scarring.
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS?
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.
These are the commonest complications. Other more rare ones would also be discussed at the consultation.
WHEN CAN I GET BACK TO WORK?
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.