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Abdominoplasty

Why Choose Abdominoplasty?

Coiloplasty is aimed at patients who have excess skin, fat or stretch marks in the abdominal region. This is common after childbirth but also after massive weight loss, over 20-30 kilos. Patients also choosing to make abdominoplasty are those who have lost the contour in their waist area due to the deposition of unwanted excess fat in the area and have been dissociated in the midline of the abdominal muscles which furthermore gives the feeling of swelling in the abdomen. Abdominoplasty results in partial weight loss and is primarily performed to re-shape the outline of the abdomen, without being a means of dealing with obesity.

The Surgical Intervention In Short

Classical Conjunctivitism

Abdominoplasty is recommended in patients with excess reddish skin and fat in the lower abdomen. During the procedure, the fat and skin in the area between the umbilicus and the adolescent is removed, while the navel is “transferred” to a new position. One of the advantages of Classical Conjunctivitis is that before the skin is sutured plastic and tightening the underlying abdominal muscles in order to improve the shape and reduce the waist circumference.

Mini Abdominoplasty

Mini abdominoplasty is indicated in patients with low excess of skin and lower abdominal fat, but not so that classical abdominoplasty is necessary. The incision created extends at least beyond the incision of a Caesarian intervention, as compared to the incision of classical abdominoplasty extending from one iliac crest to the other. The navel remains intact and the operation only concerns the lower part of the abdomen. Although underlying abdominal muscles generally do not tighten, however, this can happen and be discussed during your session. This method is often combined with the Liposuction Method.

Sections

The location of the incisions will depend on the technique of the intervention applied (as mentioned above). At first they will be quite pink / red for the first 6 weeks, purple in the next 3 months and then they will weaken and get the white color of the normal skin. The process of full maturation of the scars reaches up to 12-14 months. Generally, the quality of scars in most patients and over time will be extremely good. Some patients arrive at this point relatively quickly, but others take longer. In rare cases, hypertrophic scars or even scarring may occur. The way other wounds have healed in the past may be an indication of the course of healing scars.

Medicines

A complete medical history should be taken before each surgery. As a precautionary measure, doctors without prescription or herbal products / drugs should not be taken before surgery and for 3 days afterwards. Also, strict non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as salospir, ibuprofen (Nurofen), diclofenac and any other anticoagulant or antiplatelet therapy should always be avoided, always with the physician. It would also be very helpful to bring a list of any prescription medicines you receive for your preoperative control.

Smoking

If you are a smoker / smoker try to quit smoking at least six weeks before and six more after surgery, as this will dramatically reduce the chance of post-operative complications.

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Recovery from Abdominoplasty

Duration of Surgical Intervention

Depending on the areas requiring treatment, the procedure lasts from forty five minutes to two and a half hours, and although it is usually conducted under general anesthesia, a mini abdominoplasty can also be performed under local anesthesia.

Nursing Duration

Staying at the Hospital is usually one night and in some cases two. Mini Abdominoplasty can also be treated as a daily treatment.

Wound dressing and Belly Band

You will wake up with steristrips in the wound (stickers that stick to skin tension), self-adhesive waterproof gauzes and a wide corset belt, which you should wear for about 6 weeks. After a week of surgery, there will be no wounds in the wound, as healing will have come to its full effect.

Transfers

The addition of two small surgical drains (ending in a negative pressure bottle into the abdominal wound) is common and necessary to remove any unwanted fluid that can be collected therein. Drains usually last for forty-eight to seventy-two (48-72) hours, except in some cases where patients will stay for a longer period of time.

Time of Abstinence from Work

Patients differ in recovery time, but generally this occurs within two to three weeks at most. The abdominal surgery is an intervention in which patients feel more uncomfortable directly postoperatively compared to other aesthetic surgeries and should not be considered as a simple intervention. However, the majority of patients feel quite agile and comfortable within two weeks. Patients at this stage may return to work while patients with manual labor may need more retreatment time.

Time of Abstinence from Exercise

Patients feel comfortable walking a good distance within seven to ten days and swim in three weeks (once they have fully recovered), while vigorous exercise (eg aerobics, etc.) should be avoided for eight weeks . The most important thing is to avoid excessive “pulling” of muscles that have been tightened, as well as scars during the first two weeks. Also, sexual activity should be judged accordingly, but it is usually best to avoid it for the first two to three weeks.

Postoperative Instructions

From the first to the fourth (1-4) postoperative day you should rest and avoid taking care of very young children or doing homework without help.

From the fifth to the fourteenth (5-14) day you can increase your activities, including walking for longer, riding the market etc. During this time you will still feel some inconvenience, but from the end the second week will completely decline.

Once the wounds have healed well from the first two weeks, you can increase your activities without the fear of causing a problem.

From the third to the sixth week you will be able to return to your work and from your eighth to the normal way of life.

Driving

Patients should avoid driving until they are totally relieved of any feeling of annoyance or confusion so they are perfectly able to make a sudden movement, such as direct braking, unobstructed and painless. This is suggested for patients to secure coverage from their insurance company. It may take up to three weeks to fully recover. Some patients, however, are able to drive from the very first week.

Postoperative Monitoring

The wound will have to be changed and controlled on the second and fifth postoperative days. There are no stitches that should be removed as everything is absorbable. Constantine Benetatos will need to see you again after 15 days, 1 month, 3 months, in the semester and finally in the year. There will be no extra charge for any postoperative monitoring associated with your surgery.

Final outcome

The abdominal surgery immediately gives a pretty satisfactory result. However, the tissues soften and get their optimal shape and shape after four to six months.

Possible Complications of the Abdominal Surgery

Abdominoplasty is a routine surgery and crowns with absolute success for the overwhelming majority of patients. However, as with any surgery, it is very important to understand that there is a possibility of complications. Any complications that may arise are listed below.

Skin necrosis around the wound

It is rare and usually occurs either in the case of a surgeon removing a large amount of skin from the abdomen (more than it should), thus seizing the skin with a very high tendency (ie very tight) or when the surgery is performed in high risk patients (such as smokers, obese and diabetics). In patients with low risk, this is very rare, and if it occurs, recovery may take several weeks and result in a low quality scar. Prior to any surgery, a full medical history is obtained to confirm whether the patient is a suitable candidate for abdominoplasty.

Scars

The quality of scars varies among patients.

Hygrometer

It is the collection of liquids under the skin which appears as a massive mass and to remove it is necessary to use a suction needle.

Hematoma

There is a possibility of bleeding in the region of the abdomen, which results in the patient returning to the surgery to remove it. It occurs only in one percent (1%) of patients and usually within 24 hours after abdominoplasty.

Post-operative wound infection

Although it is very unusual, in the event of it, the patient may be given antibiotics to deal with it.

Pain

A small group of patients experience intense pain from the tightening of abdominal muscles, which may persist for several weeks.

Loss of sensation

The area just above the scar, and particularly in the middle line, may have an altered or no sense. This is temporary and returns completely after a few months.

Elevation of pubic and femoral areas

The pubic hair and the vulva in women can be lifted to a small extent. This comes back in the coming weeks as the tissues soften.

Thrombosis in the legs and lungs (DVT and PE)

Although it is a rare phenomenon, it is important to avoid it by not smoking, not being overweight and mobilizing as soon as possible after surgery.

If you feel any symptom that may be of concern to you, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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