Abdominoplasty is one of the most popular plastic surgery in the world. But it is not for everyone. The ideal candidate for abdominoplasty should be in a good health state. Abdominoplasty is recommended for the patients with sagging skin on the front wall of the abdomen due to pregnancy, childbirth and after liposuction and dramatic weight loss. Usually, patients who pass the liposuction of the abdomen, immediately conduct the abdominoplasty, as without it after liposuction abdominal skin will sag and you will not see the effect of fat removal. The belly may also sag due to natural aging process, when the muscles and the skin loses its elasticity and tone. Abdominoplasty surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia, but in some cases it can be done under local anesthesia in combination with sedation. In this case, you remain conscious but may experience some discomfort. The abdominoplasty operation can last from 1 to 5 hours.
If you have decide to go through the abdominoplasty, the first step to your new beautiful tummy is a consultation with a plastic surgeon. A doctor should evaluate your condition and decide whether it is possible to make an abdominoplasty for you. First of all, the doctor collects a thorough medical history from the patient. Every professional plastic surgeon will ask you about all the illnesses you have suffered from. Then, you will have to pass a lot of analyses, to identify whether you have an allergic reaction to medications. You should also inform your surgeon about all the pills that are taking at the moment.
Next, it is necessary to go through the so-called physical examination. Here the doctor evaluates the amount of excess skin and fatty tissue in the wall of the abdomen. During the consultation, the plastic surgeon will examine your abdomen in standing and lying position, will assess the degree of its sagging. In addition, before the operation, the doctor will take the pictures of your belly, so that you can then evaluate the results and compare your new perfect belly with the old.
In addition, during the consultation with your plastic surgeon it is necessary to discuss what you expect from the surgery and what you can expect. Before the operation, you will go through the following tests: blood and urine tests, biochemical analysis of blood and ECG.
Two weeks before abdominoplasty surgery you will need to stop taking certain drugs – anti-inflammatory drugs and anticoagulants (blood thinners), as they may lead to increased bleeding, both during the operation and after it. Be sure to tell your doctor about all medications you are taking. But do not stop taking them immediately without telling your doctor first. It is also important to give up smoking a month before surgery (the sooner the better). The experts in the field of plastic surgery advise to abstain from smoking during the period of wound healing. Smoking slows down the recovery process, disrupting blood circulation.