Abdominoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that is used to improve both the appearance and the contour of the abdominal region. This procedure removes both the skin and excess fat from the middle or lower abdomen, while carving out the muscles that are underlying in order to provide a much firmer appearance. 

A loose-looking abdomen may occur as a result of a very rough pregnancy or weight changes. For example, women who have had more than one pregnancy, you probably have stretched abdominal muscles along with the skin, which can be greatly benefited by this cosmetic surgery. After giving birth, a woman can regain muscle tone, however this does not help to carve back the tissue that connects these muscles, as has been stretched. The skin may also become loose after losing weight drastically and tends to hang, also does not adequately respond to exercise. This excess skin can be removed through abdominoplasty.


Brief description of the procedure

For this operation first makes an incision in the lower abdomen area just above the pubic region. The length of this cut depends on the amount of fat and skin that must be removed (may be from one hip to the other). To remove fat deposits can also be used for liposuction, abdominoplasty however needed and works best in the event that the muscles are stretched or there is a significant amount of loose skin. Obviously the situation is different for each patient, because in some cases is needed to remove more fat while others require that more skin is removed (in this case it is partial or complete abdominoplasty). If the person suffers from a significant overweight, weight loss is recommended to the ideal weight for the results of the operation are optimized.

Abdominoplasty is performed under local anesthesia and may require several hours to be carried out, which of course depends on the amount of tissue to be removed. As explained earlier, each case is different, so a patient may require more extensive intervention than another.

Following the procedure in conjunction with the incision that is practiced in the lower abdomen of the patient, take another right around the navel. In the case of partial abdominoplasty, the cuts are significantly smaller and the navel is maintained in the same position. After making the incisions, the surgeon proceeded to remove both fat and excess skin from the abdominal wall, lifting it with the direction of the ribs.

Once the fat and tissue are removed, the abdominal muscles are reduced and sutured together so that they are tight and give the patient a smaller waist. Through another incision, creating a new opening for the new position of the navel, which is placed in its new location using the new skin stitches. During this phase of the operation, any groove or scar present on the skin can be removed easily.

After the abdominoplasty, the incisions are stitched by the doctor and the stomach is wrapped in gauze for recovery. After placing a temporary tube, specifically a surgical drain which serves to remove any fluid that might collect at the surgical area, which helps decrease the inflammation that is produced as an intervention.

Plastic surgeons recommend an observation period of at least eight days during which the patient must remain at rest to see that the recovery is carried in the best manner possible. In some countries like Costa Rica, where he performed plastic surgery quality, low price, usually the price of the transaction includes a package of stay in which the patient can enjoy a short holiday before the treatment. This way you can visit the tourist attractions of another country while improving aesthetics.

If you are considering an abdominoplasty, you should take into account that the cost varies with each patient, which must first be examined by an experienced plastic surgeon who determines whether this intervention is indeed appropriate for you.

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