Abdomen cosmetic surgery distended belly abdominoplasty

A conspicuous or unsightly belly can be distressing for both men and women. Cosmetic surgery adapts its intervention according to your abdominal protuberance, whether mild or excessive.

Three tailored surgeries

The three main cases in a person with protruding stomach are :

  • Case 1 : The little round belly, characterized by an isolated infiltration of fat in a person with a tonic skin. The ideal intervention will be the abdominal liposuction.
  • Case 2 : The round belly, characterized by excessive fat, sagging skin. The ideal intervention will be the mini-abdominoplasty.
  • Case 3 : The distended abdomen, characterized by excessive fat, sagging skin and skin lesions. The ideal intervention will be the abdominoplasty.


Importance of 1st consultation

The mini-abdominoplasty is effective in cases where a simple liposuction would not be enough because excess skin would appear. Corrections below the navel are more successful than the ones at the stomach level. The mini- abdominoplasty prevails upon abdominoplasty when small excess of skin are to be removed.

3rd case: the distended belly > abdominoplasty

Plastic surgery is effective to redesign a very damaged stomach, often resulting from pregnancy or significant weight loss, with distended abdominal muscles.
It acts on three levels:

  • Fat : it is drawn (Liposuction).
  • Skin : the excess one is removed and the other part tightened.
  • Muscles : they are tightened so as to give tonus to the abdominal wall.


+ What happens during the surgery ?

Plastic surgery consists in sucking the fat, removing excess skin, replenishing the muscles by restoring more tonus, repositioning the navel and fixing all to make it more harmonious. This is a real Lifting Belly. A specific elastic bandage is placed after surgery, sometimes associated with a belly belt.

+ Where is located the incision ?

An horizontal incision is located on the lower abdomen (pubis), and another around the navel.

+ And the scar ?

The scar is proportional to the amount of tissue to be removed and may extend transversely from one hip to the other, and around the navel.

What are the postoperative courses ?

The hospitalization lasts 2 to 3 days.
A work stoppage from 2 to 4 weeks is prescribed, along with a supporting corset day and night.
The scar should not be exposed to UV light before 3 months to prevent skin pigmentation and is often light pink during the first months.
Bruising (bruises) and an edema (swelling) appear on the treated areas.
It is necessary to wait six weeks before playing sports or carrying a heavy load.

What is the expected result after a tummy tuck ?

Your figure looks slimmer. Comfort, aesthetics and psychological well-being result from intervention in man or woman.

What are the possible complications ?

Following any operation whatsoever , certain complications can occur, the first ones related to the medical activity and the others to anesthesia.

Although possible complications only represent a small percentage, it is necessary to know them.

+ What are the specific risks of anesthesia ?

During your obligatory talk with the anesthetist, he will inform you in detail of the risks of anesthesia.

It is useful to know besides that during the last twenty years, the risks have not been eradicated but remain almost insignificant.

+ What are the specific risks of the surgery ?

During the consultations with your surgeon all the possible complications will be detailed to you. To inform you previously, here are the possible risks :

  • An imperfection of the result which could lead to alterations.
  • A skin necrosis (clearly incited by smoking as well as obesity) often remains limited, rarely important.
  • An infection which may require antibiotic treatment.
  • Hematoma and bleeding and poor wound healing can be observed but are rarely serious.
  • A change in sensitivity is common in the region below the umbilicus and disappears after 3 to 12 months.
  • Thromo-embolic accidents (phlebitis, pulmonary embolism), the most serious complication, are exceptional and precautions are taken to reduce risk.


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