Abdominoplasty is a plastic surgery that helps to get rid of excess tissue in the anterior abdominal wall by eliminating protrusions and sagging (for example, after childbirth or losing weight too quickly).
Who among women has not dreamed of a perfect flat tummy and a thin waist? Unfortunately, not everyone is endowed with ideal forms from birth. And abdominoplasty can help a woman striving for figure perfection. But, as you know, beauty requires sacrifice.
How big are these "sacrifices" in this case? Can an abdominoplasty interfere with a future pregnancy? How painful is the procedure itself and what are the sensations during the rehabilitation period? How long will the achieved effect last?
Answering these and some other questions, we will try to save you from some misconceptions and misconceptions regarding this method of body shaping.
Abdominoplasty will not affect pregnancy. This is so if at least a year has passed since the operation. After all, the tone of the tissues of the anterior abdominal wall after abdominoplasty is restored during this period of time. And the complete resorption of the surgical threads that tighten the abdominal muscles occurs in about a year. If pregnancy occurs earlier, the non-absorbed threads will restrain the growth (enlargement) of the abdomen, causing discomfort. And pregnancy can negatively affect the results of the operation.
Full rehabilitation after surgery - a month or two. This is not entirely true. Much depends on the size of the patient. The recovery process for very obese women after removing a large amount of tissue ("skin and fat apron") is longer (3-6 months) than in thin patients who have undergone only excision of excess skin (for example, to eliminate stretch marks after childbirth) and recover, as usually a month and a half after the operation.
After abdominoplasty, painful sensations persist for a long time, and loss of sensitivity is possible. If the operation went well and without complications, then during the first two to three weeks of rehabilitation, pain during movement, general malaise, tissue swelling are possible. After two to three months, these symptoms disappear completely. In some patients, a decrease in sensitivity may be observed in the suture area for one to three months. In such cases, you should definitely consult with a specialist and follow some rules (for example, do not apply a hot heating pad to the seam, etc.)
Abdominoplasty affects only the abdomen, the waist is subject to little changes. Misconception. The surgeon, in accordance with the requirements of the patient, can both correct the shape of the navel (after all, it is by the appearance of the navel that many women evaluate the result of the operation) and form a thin waist. It should be remembered that a decrease in waist volume with abdominal plastic surgery occurs in any case, since excess skin and subcutaneous fat are removed and the muscles of the anterior abdominal wall are sutured.
After the operation, you cannot go to the gym and, in general, try to reduce physical activity to a minimum. In fact, after two to three months, a reliable subcutaneous scar is formed in the place where the muscles were sutured. If the recovery process took place without complications, after this period, you can gradually increase physical activity (in particular, on the press), for example, during fitness classes.
Abdominoplasty is contraindicated for women who have undergone a cesarean section. Caesarean section is not a contraindication for this type of cosmetic surgery. Moreover, abdominoplasty allows replacing a retracted scar in the lower abdomen with a thin cosmetic suture.
Abdominoplasty is done for beauty purposes only. This operation can also help with some diseases. For example, if the patient has a hernia, then during the abdominoplasty operation, the hernial orifice can be sutured. The prolapse of the internal organs can also be eliminated - after all, suturing the muscles of the anterior abdominal wall provides the effect of a corset, therefore, the support of the internal organs is enhanced.
Abdominoplasty without liposuction is not performed. Since abdominoplasty is most often performed on patients with excess adipose tissue, there is a need for two operations at the same time. But if you want to remove only excess skin, liposuction is not needed.
Complications after abdominoplasty will be necessary. As a rule, complications arise in patients with overweight, concomitant diseases or bad habits (smoking). In addition to general complications (fatty and thromboembolism, acute renal failure) and local (divergence of postoperative sutures, skin necrosis, impaired skin sensitivity and edema in the operation area, etc.) complications, some time after the operation, aesthetic problems may appear. For example, asymmetry, uneven contours, cicatricial changes. To prevent their appearance, you should strictly follow all the doctor's recommendations and wear compression underwear.
Abdominoplasty is contraindicated for many people. There are no more contraindications for abdominoplasty than for any other type of surgery. Diabetes mellitus, heart and lung failure in the stage of decompensation, severe obesity, pregnancy planned for the next year can become an obstacle to this operation.