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Abdomen and Flanks

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What is it for?

  • Improves the aesthetics of the belly when problems affect only its lower portion

What does it mean?

  • Miniabdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that is used when aesthetic problems of the abdomen are not enough to justify a formal abdominoplasty, but there is still some excess of skin and fat below the umbilicus, which can be removed without repositioning the umbilicus. Complementary liposuction and plication of the abdominal muscles ("re-tension" of the musculature) may be associated to enhance the result. Miniabdominoplasty also rejuvenates the pubic region, with an apparent lift effect on the labia majora. The end result is a smoother and more attractive belly, with a scar that tends to stay inside the underwear

Procedure time

  • 1h

Other procedures that can be associated

  • Liposuction, breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast lift (mastopexy), brachioplasty (arm lift)

Type of anaesthesia

  • General anaesthesia

Scars

  • The scar is horizontal and lies at a level just below the upper edge of the underwear mark, i.e. about 7 cm above the upper extremity of the vulva, and usually runs across the front of the belly from one side to the other, although its true size can only be calculated on a case-by-case basis. It is important, therefore, that the patient brings to the consultation and the day of surgery the type of underwear she most often uses, and a good alternative is the un-tanned area after sun exposure, which is also a good indicator of the ideal area for scar placement

Hospitalization

  • 1 day in hospital

Recovery

  • You can resume work at 2-3 weeks depending on your work, as long as it does not require exertion. Physical exercise resumes after 6 weeks. During this time, you should use a compressive abdominal garment specifically recommended by our team. Lymphatic drainage done by professionals with experience in this type of procedure is a complementary technique that can be performed after 15 days

Most frequent problems and risks

  • Initially there is some feeling of discomfort/pain, which is usually easily controllable with painkillers. Our indication is for patients to get out of bed during the first postoperative day, and after 3-4 days they should achieve a perfectly upright position. Some swelling and bruising may be expected in the first few days, and also a reduction in the sensitivity of the “stretched" skin for a few weeks to months. The fact that the umbilicus is not repositioned, unlike what happens in a standard tummy tuck, leads to a slight decrease of the umbilicus in relation to its previous position. The most frequent problems are seroma and small skin healing problems, which are generally of little relevance. Rarer are hematoma and infection, as well as excessive healing. One of the most fearsome complications is pulmonary thromboembolism, so early ambulation is important

Longevity

  • The procedure is definitive as long as there are no significant changes in weight or new pregnancies

Miniabdominoplasty (Lower Tummy Tuck)