Abdominoplasty surgically removes excess skin and fatty tissue from the abdominal area that occurs as a consequence of weight variations, pregnancy, aging or genetics. This surgery produces a flatter, slimmer abdomen with better muscle tone.

Abdomen Dr Honorio Labaronnie

Reasons for surgery

– The skin on your abdomen is flaccid, stretched and ridged.
– You have excess fat and skin that does not improve with diet and exercise.
– Your abdominal muscles are weak or separated.
– I have an abdomen that looks pregnant.

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How do we do it?

It is a surgery that is performed in the operating room under general anesthesia. Skin resection is accompanied by liposuction of localized fat. Depending on the needs of each patient, the abdominal wall musculature can be sutured and retained. The incision is located in the lower abdomen and its extension will depend on the excess skin and fat that must be removed. Always sit below the underwear or bathing suit line. It lasts approximately between two and four hours and may require an overnight hospitalization for control. In some cases, drainage tubes are left in for a few days to evacuate fluids that accumulate under the skin.

What types of abdominoplasty are there?

Mini Abdominoplasty
This technique is for patients with minimal cosmetic problems that are located only in the lower abdomen below the navel. In this procedure, excess skin is removed and the lower abdominal muscles are repaired. The incision is small and is placed horizontally below the underwear line. It is similar to an incision made in a cesarean section.
Full Abdominoplasty
This technique is indicated for patients with moderate to severe skin laxity and muscle weakness. With this surgery, more skin can be removed and the muscles of the upper and lower abdomen can be repaired. A full tummy tuck involves making a low transverse incision in the lower abdomen.
circumferential tummy tuck
This technique is appropriate for patients who have experienced massive weight loss resulting in severe skin laxity. Surgery also known as body lift or body lift. Abdominoplasty enhances the entire midsection including the buttocks, hips, abdomen, and back. A circumferential tummy tuck involves creating an incision that goes around the entire midsection.

How long does the surgery take?

Depending on what needs to be corrected, a tummy tuck can last between two and four hours.

What type of anesthesia is used?

The most common is to perform the procedure under general anesthesia. This surgery can also be performed by regional anesthetic blocks performed with the use of local anesthetics.

Is the surgery painful?

Long-acting local anesthetics are always used during abdominoplasty to aid in recovery and immediate comfort. Discomfort is then managed with common pain relievers and mild activity is advised after surgery to maintain comfort and aid recovery.

How is the recovery?

10 to 15 days of rest and light activities may be required. Rest is relative, you do not need to be in bed permanently, in fact, it is advisable to move. Help is often needed in the first few days while avoiding heavy lifting and twisting. You can shower the day after surgery. You must wear an elastic garment to adapt the skin to the new contour for 1 month. Manual lymphatic drainage is recommended for faster recovery.

When can I resume work activity?

Depending on the type of work you do, a minimum of 10 days is recommended. 

When can I drive a car again?

It depends on the type of surgery performed and the type of management that must be performed, but it is advisable to wait at least 10 days.

When can I return to physical exercises?

It is recommended after 30 to 45 days.

Are the results permanent?

After about 4 to 6 weeks you will be able to get an idea of ​​the final result. the inflammation will have disappeared. You will be able to appreciate the final result 3 months after your operation.

How should I use the girdle?

Wear your girdle all day and every day for the first 4 weeks (24x7x4). You should only take it off for washing or bathing. After the fourth week you can wear the strip for 12 hours a day. It can be during the day or at night. Make sure the girdle is not too tight on you. Your girdle should be snug but it should also feel comfortable, because you will have to wear it all day and for several weeks. The fit of the girdle should be similar to that of a bandage. The appropriate girdle should not leave marks on the skin of the areas that were subjected to liposuction. It is important that the regions subjected to lipo remain tight with the pressure of the girdle. Find your most comfortable position to rest (sitting or lying down), always avoiding folding the skin of the abdomen.

How should I sit and sleep?

Try to sleep or rest lying on your back. Use cushions at your sides as barriers to prevent rolling over while you’re sleeping and ending up sleeping on your stomach. You can try lying on your side.

What are post-surgical massages for?

Massages are for liposuction areas (manual lymphatic drainage). Post-lipo massages are recommended to reduce inflammation and speed up the recovery process. The doctor’s assistants will be able to schedule massage sessions and lymphatic drainage. This type of massage is applied to the areas that were treated during liposuction. These massages offer certain advantages for the patient:
– Dissolve possible fibrosis.
– Improve circulation.
– Promote the immune system.
– Reduce inflammation.
– Shorten recovery time.
– Support in detoxification (remains of anesthesia and medications).
– Stimulate skin hydration.

What items will you need during your recovery period?

Most products can be found at your local pharmacy or doctor’s office.
– Compression Girdle.
– Abdominal compression table. The table molds and helps reduce inflammation. Wear it under the girdle to add compression to your abdominal area when directed.
– Compression socks. These help to avoid flaccidity and to reshape your figure.
– Cup to urinate. It is a hypoallergenic silicone funnel that allows you to urinate standing up comfortably and hygienically.
– anti-bruise cream, moisturizing creams, healing cream.
– Plastic cover. You can use a waterproof cover to protect your mattress from stains caused by secretions.
– Disposable sheepskin (NONISEC). They are like adult diapers, but without elastic. Use them to add an extra layer of protection against secretions.
– Cleaning wipes.

How much does a tummy tuck cost?

The cost of tummy tuck surgery depends on several factors, including the degree of correction, the techniques used, surgical fees, anesthesia fees. The exact cost of your custom tummy tuck will be determined during your private consultation.