A mini abdominoplasty involves a smaller incision. The skin and fat of the lower abdomen will be removed in a more limited fashion (so the naval does not need to be repositioned). It does not tighten abdominal muscles. Additional procedures, such as liposuction, can be performed at the same time. Your surgeon will discuss whether this type of procedure is appropriate for you.
Your surgeon will make one incision above the pubic area, along the bikini line and across the abdomen, from hipbone to hipbone. The skin will be lifted, separated from the abdominal wall and excess fat and skin will be removed. The skin will be re-draped over the abdomen and stitched into place. The result is a flatter, more toned abdomen.
The procedure takes place under general anaesthetic as an outpatient or with an overnight stay in hospital.
Most surgeons will advise on a two to three-week recovery period, abstaining from exercise for four to six weeks. Full recovery takes three to six months. You will have one scar will along your lower abdomen. It will be pink for the first six weeks before beginning to fade, although it will never disappear completely.
Abdominoplasty is a major surgical procedure. Most surgeons will advise two weeks recovery time and four to six weeks before returning to exercise. This will vary depending on the type of surgery performed. Most patients will need an overnight hospital stay.
Initially there may be bruising and discomfort, which is treated with mild to moderate pain killers. A supportive abdominal binder or compression garment can minimize swelling / bruising, and support the repaired tissues. Full recovery takes three to six months, with further fading of scars thereafter.
Abdominoplasty is a very common procedure carried out successfully on many people each year. Nevertheless, there are always risks associated with surgery and specific complications associated with this procedure include:
Infection is uncommon. Most infections are minor and treated with drainage and antibiotics. Serious infections are rare and occur in high-risk individuals such as smokers, people who are very overweight, and those with certain conditions such as diabetes.
Bleeding is unusual. Normally drainage tubes are used to remove excess blood and fluid in the immediate post-operative period. Drains are usually removed the morning after surgery before discharge home.
Blood clots are also uncommon and the risk of getting one can be reduced by mobilising as soon after the operation as possible.
There is a chance of poor healing resulting in conspicuous scars, which may necessitate a second operation. If you are a smoker you are strongly advised to stop. Smoking may increase the risk of serious complications (including devastating infections) and delay healing.
You can reduce the risk of complications by following your surgeon’s pre- and post-operative instructions, particularly with regard to resuming physical activity.