- Any post-partum female with loose sagging abdominal skin with or without stretch marks or with a protruding abdomen due to muscle wall weakness or gap in the midline rectus muscles
- Any male or female with massive weight loss causing laxity and overhanging of the skin-fat envelope of the abdomen.
An abdominoplasty aims to improve the overall contour of the tummy and lower back regions. It removes loose hanging skin (often with stretch marks) from the tummy region, removes excess fat from lower back, flanks and tummy regions resulting in a flatter, firmer and improved shape of the tummy. In addition, the procedure improves the way the navel appears and corrects any muscle weakness or hernia.
Depending on the amount and extent of skin laxity, you may be suggested a standard lipo-abdominoplasty, a mini-abdominoplasty, an extended abdominoplasty or a circumferential abdominoplasty.
Any patient above 18 years of age who is physically and mentally healthy and wants to improve the shape and appearance of their tummy and lower back region is an eligible candidate.
The purpose of a detailed consultation would be to:
- Discuss your surgical goals and expectations
- Evaluate your general health status and risk factors
- Elicit History of previous surgeries and medical conditions
- Elicit History of all current medications
- Ask about Allergies (including drug allergies), addictions if any
- Take Preop photographs and plan for your procedure
- Discuss all treatment options
- Explain the possible outcomes
- Potential risks and complications of the surgery
Abdominoplasty may be performed under spinal anaesthesia with or without epidural anaesthesia or general anaesthesia.
It varies from patient to patient. Usually 3 weeks is the time needed for entire wound healing.Routine morning walking can be started by 2 weeks. Weight trainings and lifting weights are not allowed for at least2-3 months.