Both women and men may consider an abdominoplasty if they have excess skin and fat over their lower abdomens. The excess tissue may just be part of a person’s body shape. More commonly it may follow pregnancy with stretched skin and muscle persisting over time.
For both women and men who have had major weight loss, the excess saggy skin on their abdomen is a concern that can be addressed particularly where they have not been able to correct it despite diet and exercise.
An abdominoplasty involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen. If the abdominal muscles are stretched then the muscle can be tightened during this procedure. The resulting scar extends along the lower abdomen and is placed below the underpants line.
A flatter abdomen with an improved shape and contour is achieved following an abdominoplasty. Initially an abdominal binder may be used for comfort and to provide extra support.
Within 2-3 weeks following surgery most people return to normal daily activities. If the abdominal muscles have been tightened then strenuous exercise and heavy lifting needs to be avoided for 6 weeks. The lower abdominal scar will soften and fade over 6 – 12 months.
All of the potential complications and risks of an abdominoplasty will be discussed in detail with you at your consultation with Dr Pyragius.