Abdominoplasty is a surgical operation whose aim is to remove fat and excess skin, throughout the part of the abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. It is an operation applied to both women and men.
In women, it is performed mostly after one or more pregnancies, addressing troublesome stretch marks formed, while in both MEN and WOMEN it permanently addresses the lack of elasticity and sagging skin after weight loss. Abdominoplasty also helps to remove excess skin and to achieve the tightening of muscles in the body, improves the line of your waist and makes the abdomen appear more flat and shapely. This procedure does not remove mainly fat but removes loose skin and tightens the muscles in the abdomen region.
When we refer to abdominoplasty we include three types of operations depending on the needs of each individual:
The classic abdominoplasty: this is the removal of abdominal wall by a cut which extends from one iliac crest to the other, allowing us to remove a large amount of loose skin that comes either from pregnancy, or large and sudden weight loss which resulted in the relaxation of the abdomen.
Mini abdominoplasty is an operation which involves an imperceptible incision in the lower part of the abdominal wall where a smaller part of the abdomen is removed. It is usually performed in relatively slim women who can comfortably combine liposuction and elimination of stretch marks. The incision is relatively small and is at the least visible point as it is covered by underwear.

These surgeries require around 24 hours of hospitalization and an expected recovery time of approximately 10 days as they offer a visually appealing result.

What is the timeframe that should elapse following the birth of a child for a woman to undergo the surgery of abdominoplasty?
The time interval period where a woman can safely undergo this operation is at least six months postpartum.
The time which should emerge for intervention by a surgeon in the same area of the body to perform a second operation, should not be less than six months.
What is the time duration required for the surgery?
The duration of the surgery for a full abdominoplasty usually takes about two and a half hours, while a mini abdominoplasty takes about half an hour.
How painful is abdominoplasty?
Pain and discomfort are subjective sensations, but usually, abdominoplasty is considered one of the most painful procedures. The discomfort is more pronounced as you stand or walk a few days after surgery. You might need analgesia during the first seven days.
What are the results of abdominoplasty?
The largest percentage of people who have undergone abdominoplasty are fully satisfied with the results of surgery and admittedly boosted their confidence.
How common is the preference of the particular operation by the male sex?
Lately, more and more men resort in the surgery of abdominoplasty, as it may permanently address the loose skin of the lower abdomen in the male body and an combined with gynecomastia correction when necessary, achieving the best possible aesthetic result.
What is the duration of the effects of a perfectly executed abdominoplasty?
The results of abdominoplasty may be permanent if the patient does not expose his body to large weight fluctuations.
How safe is this procedure when the patient is a smoker?
A smoker can undergo abdominoplasty surgery safely, when there is a complete abstinence from smoking for a period of 2-4 weeks. Otherwise, the possibility of delayed healing of cuts is particularly increased.
Is hospitalization of the patient necessary?
The hospitalization is indicated for better safety to prevent acute patient movements and to receive intravenous antibiotics for 24 hours, where the administration is necessary.

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