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The purpose of abdominoplasty (abdominoplasty) is to remove unwanted skin on the abdomen. This is relevant for those who feel that they have gained too much fatty tissue or loose skin on the stomach. Most often it is a combination of both. The most common reasons for this are pregnancy and/or weight loss.
Some have had unwanted folds and scars as a result of other operations in the abdominal region. This can be perceived as a cosmetic problem. Some say that this is an obstacle to normal development of life. Some say that they never show themselves naked to their partner or that they do not show themselves in a bikini. Others want stomach surgery because this causes functional difficulties.
There may be problems with fitting clothes, for example difficulties in finding trousers that are comfortable or skin problems may arise in the form of soreness, moist and irritated skin or an unpleasant smell in the area where skin is in contact with skin.
Abdominoplasty is an operation that aims to correct these problems. During this operation, excess skin and fatty tissue in the abdominal region is removed. We usually distinguish between small abdominoplasty (mini abdominoplasty) and large abdominoplasty .
It is important that you are well prepared for the operation. Your weight should be as close to a normal BMI of 25 as possible. Smoking is the main cause of complications such as infection and tissue death, and you must therefore stop smoking at least 4 weeks before the operation and must start again no earlier than 4 weeks after the operation.
Different kinds of medicine can affect the operation and especially cause bleeding problems. You will therefore, in connection with the preliminary examination, talk to the specialist about how you should deal with the medication you may be taking.
Abdominoplasty (abdominoplasty) is recommended when tightening of the abdominal skin is a necessity. or in the case of loose skin on the abdomen and possible laxity of the abdominal wall.
This is typically seen after pregnancy or weight loss, but age and hereditary factors can also play a role. Larger tummy tucks are also carried out under the health insurance if there are physical inconveniences.
In about 1% of patients, bleeding occurs in the hours after the operation. This will necessitate a new operation under full anesthesia and is one of the reasons why you will remain in the hospital until the day after the operation. About 1-5% will have a small fluid accumulation under the skin, which will need to be drained with a needle. This can be done on an outpatient basis and requires no anesthesia.
Infection is very rare, but can occur and will require treatment with antibiotics. If infection occurs, it is typically seen after 1-2 weeks, and the signs are redness and swelling as well as increasing pain and fever.
As the skin is loosened from the underlying musculature during an abdominoplasty, tissue death can very rarely be seen along the scar, this, like infection, will only be visible after a few weeks, and will give rise to ulceration. In most cases, such a wound will be able to heal with wound care, but minor surgery may be necessary to correct the scar in the end.
This is very individual, and varies greatly from person to person. You will take home painkillers that should work sufficiently so that you are not in excruciating pain. You will feel on your body that you have carried out an operation.
After abdominoplasty, you will have a drain. The drain sucks out the fluid that forms in the wound surface under the skin and thus prevents fluid from accumulating and forming seroma. The drain is usually kept for 1 week, given that there is no more than 20ml per day in the last 24 hours – you measure this yourself by changing the bag 24 hours before you come for a check-up to remove the drain. The drain is often experienced as something bothersome to have hanging on the body, but it is absolutely necessary for tummy tucks to limit the possibility of complications.
Compression garments must be used day and night for 4 weeks, then 2 weeks during the day, to keep the swelling down and help to give an even result. So a total of 6 weeks. Many patients report back that they found it comfortable to use the garment for a little longer. Of course, that’s perfectly fine.
The first days after the procedure, i.e. approx. 4/5 days. It may be a good idea to sleep with a pillow under your knees for the first few days to avoid unnecessary stretching of the wound.
After 8 weeks. Try your way carefully. If something hurts, you wait a little longer with that particular exercise. If you have stitched the abdominal muscles, you must be careful not to exercise for 3 months.
It will most likely limit itself as it will hurt. You must not lift heavy, have sudden movements or take shocks for 8 weeks. By heavy we mean over 10 kg. The first 2 weeks are the most precarious, here you must not lift more than 2 kg. In other words, it depends on the weight of the child. But be very careful! When suturing the muscles in the stomach, you must be extra careful.
It depends on the job you have. If you have a sedentary job, 2-3 weeks will be sufficient. If you have a physically demanding job, you will need 4 weeks or more. Most of the operations we carry out are of a cosmetic nature and do not provide grounds for sick leave. During the consultation, it will be natural to ask the surgeon about this.