An Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure in which excess fat and skin are removed from the abdomen. In addition, the muscles of the abdomen which are spread apart and have lost their tone are tightened. Often liposuction is combined with abdominoplasty to enhance the final result.

The best candidates for abdominoplasty are men or women who are in relatively good health, but who are bothered by fat deposits in the abdomen, loose skin and poor muscle tone that has not improved with exercise and dieting.

How is the surgery performed?
The procedure can be performed via several different incision designs as demonstrated in the diagram. Usually the skin and fatty tissue of the abdominal wall are elevated from the underlying musculature and advanced. The excess fatty tissue and skin is removed. The procedure usually requires surgically repositioning the umbilicus (navel). If only a smaller amount of skin and fatty tissue is removed, sometimes the umbilicus does not have to be relocated. This procedure is often referred to as a mini-abdominoplasty and is frequently combined with liposuction. The muscles of the abdominal wall may be stitched together to narrow the waist line and strengthen the abdominal wall. Suction drains are used to prevent any fluid or blood accumulation and generally remain in place for three to five days.

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What are the risks?
The incisions and therefore the scars can be long, especially is a complete abdominoplasty is performed. Infection, bleeding (hematoma), wound breakdown and poor healing are all possible complications, but are uncommon when performed by properly trained plastic and reconstructive surgeons.

Before and After Photos

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