The word abdominoplasty means “molding the abdomen” and it’s the medical word for “tummy tuck.” There’s also a mini-abdominoplasty, a mini tummy tuck, which works only on the abdomen below the belly button.
Why do people have abdominoplasty?
If you’ve dieted and exercised conscientiously and still cannot tighten the extra skin and fat in the belly, an abdominoplasty will remove it for you. Many women find themselves in this situation after one or more pregnancies, which have stretched the abdominal muscle and skin and left extra fatty tissue.
Will there be a scar after an abdominoplasty?
Yes, but it’ll be hidden in the bikini area. As time passes it’ll fade and become less obvious.
What are the risks of an abdominoplasty?*
After any surgery there are always post-operative conditions to deal with: pain, bruising, swelling, numbness, mobility, etc. These difficulties are temporary and resolve after a few weeks.
Complications to watch for are:
Infection – this can usually be prevented by good hygiene and post-op care of yourself, as well as by any antibiotics Dr. Greenberg may prescribe.
Blood clots – these can be prevented by early ambulation (mild exercise).
Excess bleeding – this can usually be prevented by gentle handling of the incision site and avoidance of vigorous activity until the scar has healed. If bleeding persists, be sure to notify your doctor immediately.
Persistent numbness – sometimes is caused by damage during surgery to nerves near the incision site. However, numbness is almost always temporary.