Mini Abdominoplasty is a procedure to reduce the excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen.
The degree of excess skin and fat differs in amount and distribution amongst individuals. The choice of technique varies based on each individual patient.
The mini-abdominoplasty involves removing the excess skin and fat from under the area under the umbilicus without having to relocate the umbilicus.
WHO WOULD BE SUITABLE FOR MINI-ABDOMINOPLASTY
Your weight must be stable prior to undergoing an abdominoplasty. The following groups of patients are likely to benefit from a mini-abdominoplasty:
- Women following pregnancy which leads to stretched marks on the skin and weakening and separation of the muscles of the tummy
- Men and women after significant weight loss
- Individuals with large excess skin/fat on the lower abdomen
- Individuals who wish to achieve a trimmer, flatter looking tummy
UNSUITABLE PATIENTS FOR MINI-ABDOMINOPLASTY
Patients who are actively smoking or who have significant medical conditions are generally unsuitable for this procedure. Patients who smoke should have ceased for 4-6 weeks prior to surgery.
This, like any other cosmetic procedures, should not be considered in patients who have unrealistic expectations or body image disorders.
YOUR SURGICAL JOURNEY
During your first consultation the reasons for, feasibility and expectations of the operation will be discussed. A series of breast and chest measurements will be made and noted. Standardised photographs will be taken with your consent.
This will be performed under general anaesthetic (that is, you will put to sleep by an experienced consultant anaesthetist). Most patients are able to go home on the following day. Your operation will be done in a safe and caring manner respecting your dignity at all times. The wounds are closed in multiple layers. You will have 2 drains emerging from the wound to aid in draining the extra fluid from the wound.
You will be fitted with a compression garment to be worn for 4-6 weeks.
- Operating Time: 90 -120 mins
- Anaesthetic: General Anaesthesia (GA)
- Hospital Stay: 1 night
- Time off work: 2 – 3 weeks
- Exercise: After 6 weeks
- Driving: 4 weeks
- Special Advice: You are advised to wear an abdominal support garment for 6 weeks