If you have significantly lost weight, either after pregnancy or through exercise and changes in diet, excess skin and weakened abdominal muscles can affect your self-confidence. Our surgeons specialize in body contouring procedures such as abdominoplasty, doing a great deal of surgery, and will work with you to determine if you are a good surgical candidate.
What are the indications for abdominoplasty
Multiple pregnancies or significant increase in body weight can excessively drag the abdominal muscles, causing them to “relax” despite diet and sport. If you have not managed to reduce your prominent abdomen with a healthy lifestyle, you are most likely a candidate for such an operation. People who have stabilized at the desired weight or do not plan to have more babies have better postoperative outcomes. Often, abdominoplasty is combined with mastopexy or breast augmentation in a comprehensive postnatal body remodeling.
Dr. Sinescu and our medical staff are dedicated to helping get the body you want in a safe and proper way. Therefore, during your first appointment with our staff, before planning your surgery, your abdominal muscles will be evaluated and we shall discuss your goals and expectations. We’ll review the various options suitable for you. You will be given a detailed explanation of the procedure, steps to be followed before and after surgery, potential risks and complications, costs and payment methods. We will answer all your questions. We’ll ask for your medical history, information on cigarette and alcohol consumption, and a list of all the medicines you use, including the over the counter ones.
Abdominoplasty can be performed as an outpatient or with hospitalization, depending on a number of factors. There is a need for general anesthesia and the surgery usually lasts for about 2 to 4 hours. The doctor makes a horizontal incision on the abdomen; every effort is made to place it under the bikini line. In some cases, the incision extends vertically up to the middle of the abdomen. Placement of the incisions will be discussed with you during the initial consultation, especially as it influences your clothing and swimsuit choices.
After that, the doctor removes the excess skin, fat and tissue and tightens the abdominal muscles close to the median line. The closure is made in anatomical planes. Abdominoplasty can be standard, mini and modified, each type having a different healing rate. The chosen method will be explained in detail during the preoperative consultation, so that the most appropriate technique for your body is used. Once the incision is sewn, gauze dressings and an elastic garment will be applied, which you will wear for a few weeks to facilitate the healing process.
Recovery after abdominoplasty
Shower – 2-3 days postoperatively
Bath – after removing the drainage tubes
Return to work – 2-6 weeks postoperatively
Driving – 2-6 weeks postoperatively
Intense physical activity – 6-8 weeks postoperatively
Fading of the scars – from a few months to a year
What are the possible side effects or risks?
Any surgery has a degree of risk, and body surgery is no exception. During the first consultation, Dr. Sinescu will evaluate your individual risk level, all potential problems will be discussed and we will establish together if you have a strong indication for abdominoplasty. Strict adherence to all pre- and postoperative medical recommendations is crucial to reducing any danger. We will always be at your side to achieve a satisfactory and safe end result.
The most common complications include:
– postoperative bleeding and hematoma
– skin dehiscence
– modified local sensibility
– hypertrophic scarring
– remaining excess tissue
How long do the results last?
Abdominoplasty will create a flatter and more toned abdomen as the abdominal muscles and the skin are stretched during the procedure. The results are permanent, with the exception of massive weight gain or a new pregnancy after surgery.
Frequently asked questions
What other procedures can be associated with abdominoplasty to improve the overall appearance of the abdomen?
Liposuction is often used together with abdominoplasty to remove fat from the upper abdomen and refine the aspect of the middle trunk.
Is the surgical intervention covered by health insurance?
Abdominoplasty is considered an aesthetic surgery and therefore it is not covered by medical insurance. You are responsible for all the costs. The costs and payment methods will be discussed during the initial consultation.
Are there other variants of abdominal surgery?
Some patients can successfully respond to non-excision techniques such as liposuction. Patient expectations are critical in determining the best strategy. If we face severe laxity of the skin and muscles, abdominoplasty is the only option that restores the desired contour and tone.