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In 2013, Abdominoplasty was the 4th most commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedure in the United States. Among women it was the 3rd most common.*

Typical Timing/Age 35-65 years old
Problem Excess abdominal skin and subcutaneous fat. Abdominal wall muscle laxity. This is usually caused by pregnancy, weight fluctuations and aging.
Procedure Through a horizontal incision on your lower abdomen excess skin and subcutaneous fat are removed. Also through this incision your abdominal wall muscles are sutured together to improve your abdominal contour. There are no sutures to remove as they are all internal. The resultant scars are a horizontal scar across your lower abdomen and a small scar around your belly button. Depending on your abdomen, drains may or may not be used. The total operating room time for an abdominoplasty is approximately 3 hours.
Goal To improve abdominal contour.
Facility Surgery Center or Hospital
Preparation Patients should be at a stable weight and cannot be using any nicotine containing substances.
Anesthesia General anesthesia
Recovery
Hospital stay Some patients go home after surgery others choose to spend the first night after surgery in the hospital. Dr. Leveque or Dr. Butler will help decide what is best for you.
Positioning After an abdominoplasty you will need to keep your hips flexed at all times for 1-2 weeks to help minimize the tension on your skin incision. This means walking around a little hunched over and sleeping in a recliner or in bed with pillows under your back and your knees.
Assistance You will need someone to help take care of you after surgery as you will not be able to lift children, heavy items, etc.
Walking You are encouraged to walk around as much as possible to help reduce the risk of DVT and thromboembolism.
Showering After 48 hours you should remove your dressings and take a shower.
Exercise 2 weeks for light exercise. 4 weeks for regular exercise. 6 weeks for abdominal exercises.
Sex Wait 2 weeks because you don’t want to stress your incisions or increase your blood pressure during the early healing period.
Work 1-2 weeks depending on your type of work.
Swelling Can persist for 3-6 months.
Bruising Usually subsides after 2-3 weeks
Follow-up Appointments 1-3 days after surgery, 7-10 days, 4 weeks, 6 months, 1 year.
Risks & Complications Hematoma, Seroma, Infection, Poor scarring, Dehiscence, Delayed wound healing, Skin necrosis, Asymmetry, Numbness, Thromboembolism, Contour irregularities, Need for revision, Complications related to anesthesia.
Performed by: Dr. Leveque, Dr. Butler

*Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank: Statistics 2013. (2014). Aesthetic Surgery Journal / the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 34(1 suppl), 1S-22S.doi:10.1177/1090820X14542571

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