Abdominoplasty: all you need to know about this cosmetic surgery
Want to have a flat stomach and make flabby skin disappear? The tummy tuck may be the answer for you.
Abdominoplasty, what is it?
A rapid weight loss, childbirth or simply aging sometimes leads to an excess of flabby skin on the stomach that does not start even with training. It is here that abdominoplasty may be necessary to tighten this heap of sagging skin. This surgery can also redefine the area of the abdomen, redraw, eliminate wrinkles and correct other imperfections such as sub-umbilical stretch marks and muscle relaxation.
What should you know about the tummy tuck?
- During the procedure, the doctor makes a long incision on the lower abdomen, often across the entire width, between the two hips. Then it stretches the skin tissue, tightens the abdominal strap and excises the excess skin. Sometimes targeted liposuction can also be done. The operation is performed under general anesthesia and lasts about three hours, but it is not considered dangerous because the practitioner does not touch the internal organs. Its cost varies between $ 2,000 and $ 7,000 and the operation is not covered by the RAMQ.
- For three days, one must be at complete rest and limit his movements as much as possible for the next ten days. Convalescence is compared to that of a caesarean section. Also, the patient must wear a sheath for a month to help the skin to stick to the muscles. The return to sports and more intense physical activity is done after about two months.
- Obviously, this skin removal leaves a long scar that camouflages however by simple bikini panties. It will never disappear completely, but it tends to fade with time.
- It is best to lose weight before doing this procedure in order to stretch the skin tissues as optimally as possible.
- Possible side effects: serum (accumulation of fluid under the skin), bleeding, infection, painful scar, edema, etc.