Types and Procedure of Abdominoplasty
Traditional /Complete abdominoplasty
This option is for patients who need the most correction and have a sizeable amount of loose skin to remove from their midsection , The incision is made low on the abdomen usually extends from hip bone to hip bone, the surgeon then shapes the skin and muscle as needed, you will also have an incision around the navel. Liposuction is often used to refine the transition zones
Partial or mini abdominoplasty
Mini abdominoplasty is done with shorter incisions and often performed on patients whose fat deposits are located below the navel ,During this procedure your belly button will not be moved , this surgery may also be performed with an endoscope.Its generally recommended for patients who want to get rid of that pouch of skin or mini amount of stubborn belly flab.
An extended abdominoplasty is a complete abdominoplasty plus a lateral thigh lift , In this procedure excess skin and tissue is removed not only from abdomen, but also from hips , thighs.
High Lateral tension tummy tuck
This is advanced technique , in conventional abdominoplasty muscles are tightened in vertical line , whereas in high lateral tension tummy tuck in addition to vertical tightening the muscles are also tightened horizontially , so the final result is flat abdomen with significantly defined waistline.
Floating abdominoplasty or FAB Technique
This new technique also known as extended mini abdominoplasty, In this a small incision is made , through this smaller incision , excess skin is removed and the belly button is temporarily detached , the muscles are tightened and reshaped , the skin is then tightened and belly button reattached. Liposuction may also be performed to achieve desirable results
This surgery is an extended abdominoplasty plus a buttock lift, it also includes the back area, allows the removal of both skin and fat from the hip and back areas , which improves the shape of your body three dimensionally , it is most appropriate for patients who have undergone massive weight loss.
An abdominoplasty can be combined with liposuction to make a lipotuck which performs body conturing around hips , thighs and buttocks .It can also be combined with liposuction contouring , breast reduction , breast lift .
Depending on the results you want, this procedure can take anywhere from one to five hours
Step 1 –Anaesthesia
Step2-Incision will depend on the type of abdominoplasty and the amount of excess skin, once the abdominal skin is lifted, the surgeon will then manipulate and shape the underlying weakened muscles as needed
Step3- After your surgery, your incision site will be stitched and bandaged, you may have to wear an elastic bandage or compression garment . Your surgeon will also instruct you on how to best position yourself to help ease pain.
After the procedure in first week
You can experience
- Mild to moderate pain
You may need to take oral pain medication for 5-7 days
Your drains will be removed after day two
You will need to avoid exercise , work , alcohol and smoking about 4 weeks following surgery
Tests and Diagnosis for abdominoplasty
During initial consultation surgeon will review your medical history, trying to understand your past and present medical condition, whether you are taking any medications ,if you are allergic to any medications , any recent /past surgeries, about your diet and exercise habits .
Your surgeon will also discuss your expectations and desired outcomes of the procedure . You will also undergo physical examination and a battery of routine tests to declare you fit for surgery .
Factors affecting cost of Abdominoplasty Surgery
The cost to the patient depends on a variety of factors like
- The hospital, the patient chooses.
- Room –Standard single room, deluxe room, super deluxe room for the number of nights specified (including nursing fee, meals, room rate, and room service).
- Fee for the team of doctors.
- Standard test and diagnostic procedures.
- Cost of the follow –up care required after the procedure.
- Unlike other countries, hospitals in India provides abdominoplasty at a cost that comfortably comes under the patient’s budget.