Loose abdominal skin and excess fat in the abdomen can be a problem for both men and women. Sometimes the causes leading to this condition can be inherited. In other instances the cause may be obesity, substantial weight loss, weakness stretching of the abdominal wall following pregnancy etc. Many times however the problem is confined to the lower abdominal wall, with minimal loose skin and some localized excess fat. In these cases a Mini Abdominoplasty may be performed in conjunction with abdominal Liposuction.
What is a Mini Abdominoplasty?
A Mini (or partial) Abdominoplasty is a procedure designed to remove the excess fat and tighten the skin of the lower abdomen, without disturbing the navel and without tightening the abdominal muscles.
How is a Mini Abdominoplasty performed?
The procedure is usually performed under a general anaesthetic and takes approximately 1-1.5 hours. An incision is usually placed in the so called bikini line, just above the pubic hair, much like a c-section incision. The skin is then separated from the abdominal wall between the incision line and the navel. If necessary, liposuction can be performed to improve the contour of the abdomen and waistline. The skin flap is then stretched down and any excess skin is removed. The skin is stitched with absorbable sutures and occasionally a small suction tube may be placed to prevent the collection of fluids in the surgical site.
What can I expect after the operation?
As already mentioned, the procedure takes approximately 1-1.5 hours and an overnight stay in hospital is usually recommended. Gauze dressings and a special compression garment will be placed on your abdomen. Post-operative pain is usually well tolerated with regular painkillers. You should be up and about on the evening of your surgery, although you might need to walk slightly bent forwards to reduce the tension. The drain (if present) usually stays in place for 24 hours until drainage is minimal. For the first couple of weeks, you will be advised to wear you support garment as much as you can to promote healing.
When can I resume my normal activities?
You should be able to resume light activities within a day or two and most patients find that they are able to return to work after a week or so. Full recovery to your normal activities, including exercise, is expected after 1-2 weeks.