- 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
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.
- Blood clots.