Frequently Asked Questions about Abdomen Surgery (Abdominoplasty) -FAQS

Abdominoplasty Is there a solution to loose or open abdominal muscles?

Yes, abdominoplasty is the solution for “diastasis of the rectum” which is the laxity that remains in the abdomen after pregnancy, due to excess weight or family inheritance issues. During the operation, the rectus muscles of the abdomen are strengthened, thus restoring a flat abdomen at the same time as, if desired, refining the waist.

Is the abdominoplasty or dermolipectomy scar large?

The extent of the scar depends on the problem that has to be solved and the appearance of it is also conditioned by the quality of skin of each patient, but in any case always leaves a scar perfectly disguised with underwear and swimsuit.  Even if the scar is too visible or too wide, it can be touched up as little as possible to make them as imperceptible as possible. When there is a lot of excess skin, the scar will be longer than if the problem is only muscular.

Will the navel show any scars?

Usually not, since it is usually small and is hidden inside the navel and therefore imperceptible, but sometimes you can see a small scar around the navel.

What is the postoperative period for an abdominoplasty?

We usually suggest hospitalization for 24-48 hours. Afterwards, the patient can go home, always maintaining relative rest and following the instructions on posture and rest indicated by the surgeon. After surgery, you will need to wear compression garments for about 3 to 4 weeks. You can restart your daily activities after about a week or two. Sport and intense physical exercise up to 4 weeks after the abdominoplasty.

Will I have a lot of pain after abdominoplasty?

The postoperative pain of an abdominoplasty is totally tolerable and well controlled with the use of anti-inflammatory and analgesics, on the other hand if you respect the indications of rest and use the compressive bands in the correct way the discomfort will be minimal.

What is better to do an abdominoplasty or liposuction?

Each intervention has its own specific indications. Liposuction is indicated to decrease volume by removing fat without removing skin. Abdominoplasty apart from repairing the abdominal muscles we remove excess skin and fat from the abdominal area, occasionally abdominoplasty can be combined with liposuction of the flanks and back to optimize the final result. If the problem is only with accumulated fat, we recommend liposuction. If the problem is muscle strain or excess skin then an abdominoplasty is better.

What anesthesia is used for abdominoplasty?

It can vary depending on the length of the procedure and its complexity, although it can usually be performed with local anesthesia and sedation and on other occasions it may be necessary loco-regional or general anesthesia.

Can abdominoplasty remove stretch marks from the abdomen?

 Stretch marks are a big problem for many patients. Depending on the distribution of the marks through the abdominal skin, all those below the navel can be removed.

Can abdominal scars such as those from a cesarean section or appendicitis be removed?

Yes, they are completely removed, including vertical scars below the navel.

Can the sagging skin left on my abdomen after losing a lot of weight be treated?

Most people who have suffered from obesity and then lost weight are often left with a residue of skin and fat in the abdomen. Fortunately, this condition can be corrected with an abdominal dermolipectomy, which is a procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen, restoring the area and leaving the abdomen flat and reinforced.

Can I have children after an abdominoplasty?

Yes. The only situation is that the result obtained with the surgery could be lost, since it could yield the muscular wall again. But it doesn’t usually happen.

What is a minidermolipectomy?

It is a similar operation but does not require a new navel and the horizontal scar is smaller.

What is the difference between abdominoplasty and dermolipectomy?

It’s the same thing. Both techniques are synonymous.

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