Conduct of the Procedure
Two types of procedure are available: complete abdominoplasty and mini abdominoplasty.
Complete abdominoplasty an incision is made across the lower abdomen from hipbone to hipbone. This technique is used to remove as much skin tissue as possible, tighten abdominal muscles and reposition the navel.
Mini abdominoplasty a much smaller incision is made. Excess skin is removed only from the area located below the navel. The latter is not repositioned and muscles are usually not tightened. This technique is appropriate for people with a small and well located fat deposit.
Liposuction is often used along with abdominoplasty to achieve optimal result.
Abdominoplasty is a one- to three-hour day surgery. It is carried out under general anesthesia to maximize comfort. One or two drainage tubes are put in place during the surgery. These tubes help decrease the risk of seroma and hematoma after surgery. They are removed during a follow-up visit. A chest girdle will also be installed during the procedure.
The girdle installed during the procedure must be worn at all times during the first two weeks, and only at night for two more weeks. It can be removed for wound care and to take a shower.
We recommend that you limit your activities in the first three days after the surgery. Normal activities will be gradually resumed. Most restrictions will be lifted four to six weeks after the surgery, depending on the type of abdominoplasty carried out.
Patients must rest during the first days, but they must also move their legs, walk regularly, and drink a lot of water to prevent blood clots in their legs (thrombophlebitis).
During the first week, walking in a slightly flexed position is important to avoid putting strain on the wound.
It is normal to feel some pain after a surgery, especially after the plication (folding) of the abdominal muscles.
Regular follow-up visits will be scheduled to ensure no complications occur. These visits are an opportunity to assess the result and give further instructions.