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Indications:

  • laxity of abdominal wall following overweight pregnancies
  • laxity of abdominal wall after multipar pregnancies
  • abdominal wall laxity related to aging and sedantery life
  • abdominal soft tissue weakness due to preceding usage of cortisone or similar medical treatments for long duration.
  • abdomen muscle weakness and diastasis
  • accumulation of dystrophic fat tissue and sagging of the skin above or/and below the belly (umbiliculus)

Anaesthesia: Almost always under general anaesthesia

Duration: 2.5-3 hours

Outpatient/inpatient:

Usually this operation requires hospitalization for 1-2 days after the procedure. There will be two drains under the abdominal wall which help suck and drain the blood, serum and fat collections outside into reservoirs; thus, removal of these drains might take 3-7 days.

Procedure: Through an incision low on the abdomen, excess skin and fat is removed, and the underlying muscle is tightened at the midline to give the stomach a flat and firm look. Stretch marks on the lower abdomen are eliminated.

Recovery: Bruising, numbness and discomfort in lower abdomen for 2 weeks.

  • Patients wear a supportive garment for 4-8 weeks.
  • Return to work after 2 weeks, but no strenuous activity for 4 weeks.
  • Swelling at the surgery site may persist for 6 months,and scars will fade over 12-18 months

Results: Provides a smooth, flat, well-toned abdomen

The resulting contour is permanent, provided there is no subsequent weight gain or loss

Risks: Poor wound healing, resulting in conspicuous scars or skin loss.

  • Infection, bleeding, fluid collection.
  • Numbness.
  • Blood clots.

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