Abdominoplasty is a surgical technique for correcting the defects of the anterior abdominal wall: excess deposition of subcutaneous fat, flabbiness, skin defects (stretch marks, scars) and muscles (their disruption). Abdominoplasty aimed at improving the body contour guaranteedly removes all the abdominal defects and creates the right shape and a natural look of the abdomen. At the GRACE Centre, the plastic surgeons having great experience in this field constantly refine their knowledge and skills that allows them to successfully operate the patients with especially complex problems. Individual approach contributes to obtaining the desired effect after the plastic surgery on the anterior abdominal wall.

What is abdominoplasty?
Abdominoplasty is aimed at removing a deformed unaesthetic abdomen that interferes with almost all aspects of everyday life. The operation leads to a general improvement in the body contours as it is aimed at correcting those specific features of the abdomen that impact its appearance.

Duration of operation: 60-80 minutes

Rehabilitation: 2-3 weeks

Our approach to abdominoplasty::

  • Most natural new-made form of abdomen taking into account the physiological characteristics of a patient.
  • Increased attention to the safety of our patients.
  • Reduction of rehabilitation period 2-3 times in comparison with other clinics.

Operation indications

  • Stretch marks (striae) on the abdomen.
  • Muscle separation (diastasis) of the rectus abdominis muscle. Women can face this problem after childbirth while in men, it may resulted from the formation of internal (visceral) fat.

Psychological and other reasons of undergoing the operation

  • Formation of non-aesthetic postoperative scars in the lower abdomen.
  • Excessive deposition of fat in the abdominal area that does not respond to diet and physical exercises.
  • Sagged skin in the abdominal area.

Abdominoplasty Techniques
Classical abdominoplasty is performed to strengthen and connect the muscles and muscular aponeurosis, remove excessive subcutaneous fat in the anterolateral abdominal wall area and also to tighten the skin by removing the excessive skin. The operation provides the restoration of the  abdominal muscle sling properties, allows to form a waist and reconstruct the contours of the body. If desired by the patient, the navel also is shifted.

Endoscopic abdominoplasty is performed in young women who have weakened muscles of the press and who do not need skin tightening. The procedure involves the insertion of an endoscope in the navel area and also a few punctures are made in the bikini area.

Mini-abdominoplasty is indicated when a small aesthetic correction with removal of small volume of excessive skin and folds is required. The operation is performed via the incision in the bikini area while the navel is not shifted.

Apronectomy is performed to remove the excessive skin and fat and tighten the muscles of the press. For this, an additional vertical incision is made.

Abdominal Tarsorrhaphy is a quite vast surgical correction during which the fat depositions are removed not only in the abdomen area but also in the back and hips areas. The scars and stretch marks are also removed.
Potential complications
After the operation, the following complications may occur: bleeding, purulency, formation of non-aesthetic scars and subcutaneous seromas; destruction of part of the adipodermal flap due to insufficient skin nutrition or inflammatory process; a persistent decrease or lack of sensitivity in the area of surgical intervention; formation of the foci of non-aesthetic scars that deform the abdomen.
However, the ten-year experience of the GRACE Centre doctors who use the high-quality technologies and medications and pay increased attention to safety minimise the likelihood of the above-mentioned risks at GRACE.

Self-preparation for surgery

  • 14 days before surgery, you should stop taking hormones and aspirin-containing drugs. If you cannot follow this recommendation, it is necessary to inform your surgeon about the systematic intake of these medications. Simultaneously, you should quit smoking or minimise it up to 2 cigarettes a day.
  • 7 days before surgery, it is necessary to exclude spiced and fatty foods as well as alcohol.
  • In the evening before surgery, you should not take any food. For safe anesthesia, it is required the stomach to be empty before surgery.
  • In the morning on the day of surgery, when arriving at the clinic, you should have comfortable clothes that not compress the abdomen and should not be pulled over, personal hygiene products, spare underwear and all necessary documents and test results with you.

On the day of abdominoplasty, your mental and physical conditions should be calm. In the preoperative period, light physical exercises are recommended: long walks, jogging, and training in the gym.

In addition, attention should be paid to adequate rest and balanced nutrition. In some cases, the intake of vitamins or, in the case of serious operations, preparations containing iron are prescribed.

Specific aspects of the postoperative period

  • During first 2 days, a patient should stay in the inpatient unit a hospital and have rest. She undergoes quite intensive treatment with the use of analgesics, antibiotics, and intravenous solutions infusion that promote wound healing.
  • During 2-3 weeks after operation, it is necessary to exclude fatty, spicy, strongly salted, and fried food as well as alcoholic beverages and exotic fruits from the diet. Also, the aspirin-containing drugs intake is prohibited. It is required to avoid rough bending and and turning of the trunk or lifting weights as this can lead to increased swelling and soreness.
  • During 1 month , it is required to permanently wear a postoperative compression underwear (or belt).
  • During 2 months after operation, it is not allowed attending steam bath, sauna, solarium and spending much time in the sun. Also, in this period, active sports, including swimming, are prohibited.
  • During 2 years, women are not recommended to plan pregnancy and should avoid keeping to any diets.

During rehabilitation, the patients should include food rich in vitamins, micronutrients and all necessary substances in their diet.

The course of complete rehabilitation

Day 5 Discharge from the inpatient unit. It is allowed to have a shower.
Week 2 The stitches are removed. Returning life to normal. It is allowed flying.
In 1-2 months It is allowed to visit the sauna, solarium, and fitness centres.
In 3-4 months You can evaluate the result of the operation

Detailed consultation is the key to a successful operation
The duration of the initial consultation at GRACE lasts, on average, for 40-50 minutes. At the consultation, the doctor and the patient will discuss the complaints, especially those relating to previous injuries, allergic reactions, and previous plastic surgeries, if any. After examining the external characteristics of the abdomen, a patient’s desires are discussed and whether they, according to the doctor’s opinion, are real to achieve.

To ask questions, please contact us by phone: +38 (044) 499-70-00


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