Three types of interventions are available in the following cases:
1) Liposuction with or without Laser Lipolysis
This intervention is chosen to achieve a smooth, flat stomach, free of sagging. It is a simple surgical procedure that leaves no scars, causes insignificant pain, and allows for a quick recovery. Skin tightening achievability varies from patient to patient. Patients can even further their results to perfection by taking rigorous interventions with diet and exercise.
Nowadays this procedure is accompanied by laser lipolysis, which aids skin retraction, provided the degree of skin sagging reasonable. Laser lipolysis is highly recommended for treating love handles, where liposuction cannot guarantee results due to the looseness and sensitivity of the skin in that area.
2) Mini Abdominoplasty (Liposuction and Skin Tightening)
This procedure is preferable when the patient has moderate fat deposits and minor skin excess. Re-sectioning the abdomen accompanied with liposuction allows us to remove excess skin suffering from stretch marks or scars. It tightens the skin and allows for reshaping of the body contour. This type of intervention leaves a relatively long scar that is hidden, but varies in severity depending on the extent of the skin lesions.
3) Abdominoplasty or Abdominal Dermolipectomy:
This procedure is recommended for patients that have experienced several pregnancies or major weight loss. It is the only solution for patients with extreme cases of excess stomach fat and skin. It is possible that medical insurance can cover the cost of this surgery after reaching an agreement and undergoing medical tests by the social security doctor.
This technique essentially encompasses liposuction, abdominal girth reparation (in case of Diastasis, Eventration or Hernias), excess skin removal between the belly button and pubic area, in addition to skin tightening. The belly button is preserved and placed in the normal position due to a specific incision made in the arranged skin.
This procedure is notorious because of the extent of the scarring, its possible complications, and the possibility of having insufficient aesthetic results. Despite these facts, recent developments of the surgical technique have paved the way to clear improvements aesthetically and an immense decline in complications. In addition to that, hospitalization and recovery periods have decreased drastically as well, as stated in the internal conference of surgeons.
Different factors help to determine the procedure that is suitable for each case. An understanding of the context of the surgery is essential; meaning age, pregnancy history, medical precedents, as well as the objectives of the patient.
This method is one we are proud of because of the quality of the results it can grant our patients, as well as their satisfaction upon the completion of the procedure.
Standard Procedures Include:
Typical tests prior to this surgery include blood tests along with a pre-anesthetic consultation. Hospitalization varies according to each procedure, but usually is 2 to 4 days. The procedure duration is also a variable, lasting from 1 hour and 30 minutes to 3 hours. The patient is put under general anesthesia for this surgery and the pain post-surgery is moderate to slightly painful depending again on the extent of the operation. Scars normally take about 15 days to heal and the patient may resume activities in 10 to 30 days. They must also wear a compressive garment for 1 month.