Intro TO PROCEDURE
- Time: 2-3 hours
- General Anesthesia
- Ambulate the night of surgery
- Shower 2 days after surgery
- 7 to 10 days off work
- 6 weeks from heavy lifting and swimming
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Laxity of the abdomen is a common concern of ladies in the mid 30s to 50s. Common reasons for the enlarged belly are due to weight gain or massive weight loss or abdominal laxity after childbirth (especially ladies who have had multiple pregnancies or gave birth to twins or triplets). Characteristics of these abdomen often involve stretch marks, lower abdominal fullness, hanging pannus, ptosis and lengthening of the belly button. Men can also have similar problems but often stem from weight gain with mostly intra-abdominal fat accumulation and not as much abdominal structural laxity as ladies.
A large abdomen not only causes cosmetic distress due to the unsightly appearance but also comes with difficulty in fitting into nice clothing. Depending on the occupation, patients have complained of discomfort wearing belts or equipments that are required for work (ie. police officers, construction workers). When the pannus is large, the skin crease underneath can collect moisture and result in skin irritations with rash or fungal infections.
HOW IS IT DONE?
There are many ways to handle a large abdomen. The best result comes from surgery with weight loss. If the skin quality is good and excess is only in the fat then liposuction alone will likely be enough.
Abdominoplasty is offered to people who not only has excess fat but also excess skin in the abdomen. For stretch marks, abdominoplasty often times is the only effective way to remove them for women after giving birth. During the procedure, the loosened abdominal fascia can also be tightened internally to give the patient an hour-glass shaped waistline.
A, 33, Female, New York, USA