Abdominoplasty is the surgical remodeling of the abdomen through removing excess adipose skin. It is the ideal procedure for patients presenting with relaxation of the muscular structure; of the rectus abdominis muscles and of the adipose cutaneous panniculus.
An abdominoplasty involves a horizontal suprapubic incision, at the height of a Caesarean section scar, which can then be more or less long, depending on the amount of tissue to be removed. We have cases of very limited scarring, as in the case of a mini-abdominoplasty, and extensive scars, e.g. from one iliac spine to another, in obese patients or those with more tissue to be removed. In many cases, a reposition of the umbilical scar is also performed. Once the dermo-adipose flap is detached, a repair of the muscular wall is performed, if necessary, with a plication of the rectus muscles of the abdomen. The operation then ends with the removal of excess tissue and cosmetic stitches.
The patient will then be medicated with a compression bandage, which they will have to wear for at least 10 days. Normal activities must be suspended for at least two weeks. It is an operation that can give truly surprising results; the waist is redesigned and abdominal folds are eliminated. Abdominoplasty is one of the surgeries recommended to women who have undergone significant weight gain as a result of a pregnancy, to formerly obese patients and in cases of rectus muscle diastasis.