Mini Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) - ISAPS

Abdominoplasty – Mini

Improves the appearance of the abdominal area.

Procedure

A mini abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is limited to supra-pubic skin removal (skin above the pubic area) and fat removal using liposuction. The patient must have minimal to moderate skin redundancy, a small amount of abdominal fat, and minor to moderate muscle flaccidity. The surgeon aspirates the abdominal fat, removes the supra-pubic skin redundancy, and in cases of muscle flaccidity, the medial part of the abdominal skin is removed. Finally the skin is sutured with the umbilicus preserved.

Length

One to three hours.

Anesthesia

This surgery can be performed under general, epidural or local anesthesia with sedation, according to surgeon/patient preference.

Inpatient/Outpatient

Either.

Possible Side Effects

Infection, bruising, delayed healing of the wound or keloid scaring in patients with this predisposition, and post-operative complications. Numbness of abdominal skin will recover after several months.

Risks

In young, healthy patients the risk is low. Pulmonary embolism is possible but very rare.

Recovery

Post-operative pain relief is achieved with the use of long-duration effect local anesthetic. The same attention should be taken as for a general or gynecological surgery: seven to ten days of post-operative care. Elastic compression of the abdomen must be used for four weeks.

Results

The result will last many years, unless the patient gains weight or becomes pregnant.

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