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Abdominoplasty and Bodylift

Abdominoplasty is used to remove excess abdominal skin and fat commonly after weight loss or childbirth. It also tightens the abdominal wall musculature and therefore improves abdominal wall contour and outline.

Abdominoplasty is performed under a general anaesthetic during which the excess abdominal skin and underlying fat are excised, the muscles of the abdominal wall are tightened and the excess skin trimmed and resutured. A new position for the umbilicus is created. 

Liposuction is often utilized for the flanks and can also be used in other areas such as the thighs during the same procedure.

The resulting outcome produces a flatter stomach without skin or soft tissue excess and a narrower more defined waist.

A body-lift combines the above abdominoplasty procedure with excision of tissue circumferentially around the back. It is usually utilised for patients who have lost significant amounts of weight and therefore have a circumferential excess of skin and subcutaneous fat.

A general anaesthetic is required and a 2 or 3 day hospital stay. The dressings are changed after 1 week and a support corset is worn for 6 weeks. The patient can usually return to work after 2 weeks and to sport after 1 month. Heavy lifting should be avoided for 6 weeks.

A mini-abdominoplasty is often suitable for relatively younger patients who have a smaller amount of skin and soft tissue excess predominantly in the lower abdomen below the umbilicus. This is often associated with stretch marks and is common following childbirth. The excess skin and soft tissue are excised via an incision hidden by the underwear or swimwear and the abdominal muscles are tightened. The skin is resutured but there is insufficient soft tissue excess to require moving the umbilicus. It can be combined with liposuction to further improve body contour during the same procedure. It is a shorter procedure than a standard abdominoplasty with a quicker recovery time.