*Individual results may vary
Weak abdominal muscles and excess skin are associated with pregnancies, weight loss, and ageing. The condition does not respond well to diet or exercise. However such and can be corrected surgically with very gratifying results. The plastic surgery is aimed at addressing both the loose muscles and the excess skin. In addition, stretch marks situated in the lower region of the abdomen can be partially or completely removed as a result of the procedure.* The incision is individually considered for each patient and their individual conditions and desires. Most commonly, a horizontal lower abdominal incision is made which can be easily concealed underneath the bikini line. A second incision is occasionally made around the belly button, giving a specific consideration to the aesthetics of this region.
Tightening of the muscles more often than not results in a reduced waistline. Should it be necessary, liposculpture or liposuction of the flanks and upper abdomen can also be carried out. After the procedure, a pressure binder/garment is applied, which provides support for the abdominal muscles and the operated skin. The continued use of the binder for two to three weeks following the surgery is highly recommended. The patient can expect to wake up after surgery with his/her hips flexed. The following morning he/she will be allowed to commence walking. A feeling of tightness in the abdomen can be expected shortly after surgery. However this tightness gradually corrects during the first week after the plastic surgery.
Ordinarily, an overnight stay in hospital is necessary. The patient can expect to experience minimal to moderate pain, which can simply be controlled with painkillers. A reduction in sensation is common in the skin above the incision, and in most patients, recovery takes place over a few months. Most sutures dissolve, but some may have to be removed within 12 to 14 days of the surgery. Patients can expect to return to their everyday activities within a week or two of the surgery. Physical activity can gradually be recommenced within the first few weeks after the surgery. The scars fade away almost completely over a period of six to twelve months.