Procedure: Flatten abdomen by removing excess fat and skin and tightening muscles of abdominal wall.
Length: two to five hours.
Anesthesia: General, or local with sedation.
In/outpatient: Either depending on individual circumstances and extent of surgery.
Side effects: Temporary pain; swelling, soreness, numbness of abdominal skin, bruising, tiredness for several weeks or months.
Risks: Blood clots; infection; bleeding under the skin flap; poor healing resulting in conspicuous scarring or skin loss; need for a second operation.
Recovery: Back to work: two to four weeks. More strenuous activity: four to six weeks or more. Fading and flattening of scars: three months to two years.
|Preoperative appearance||Skin dissection|
|Muscle tightening||Removal of excess skin|
Actual patient photographs available at time of consult.