An abdominoplasty is an operation to remove excess skin and abdominal fat and to remedy muscular weakness. This situation of excess skin and relaxation of the abdominal wall normally occurs in patients who have experienced large fluctuations in weight or in women after several pregnancies. The result of this operation is a flatter, firmer stomach and a slimmer waist.
A horizontal incision is made from hip to hip above the pubis, under general anaesthesia. The surplus abdominal skin and fat is removed and, if necessary, the abdominal muscles are reinforced by stitching. The patient remains in hospital for two to three days until suction catheters are no longer necessary. After the operation, the patient must wear a support girdle for at least a month, and during that time must avoid physical activity. Scars around the navel and on the lower abdomen will become less visible in time.