Trunk and extremities
After weight loss or pregnancy part of the abdominal wall can decrease in size and tighten again. If for any reason this doesn't occur, stretch marks or excessive soft tissue with skin laxity might result. Laxity of abdominal muscles can also be found after long-term obesity or pregnancy, which can lead to a wide waist that cannot be corrected by sports.
This can be corrected through abdominal lifting or removal of excessive skin. In very severe cases surgery may be medically indicated.
The abdominoplasty is performed in general anesthesia.
Abdominal muscles can also sag due to long-term obesity or pregnancy, which can lead to a wide waist that cannot be decreased through sports.
The sagging soft tissue in the lower abdomen is removed and the soft tissue of the upper abdomen is tightened. The abdominal muscles can be tightened at the same time, if necessary. This makes the waist slimmer and firmer. The navel is moved to its new/original position during tightening of the abdominal wall.
The procedure leaves a scar on the abdomen running from left to right on the upper pubic hairline and a little visible scar on the edge of the navel. The procedure can be simultaneously performed with a thigh lift.
After the procedure an elastic abdominal belt must be worn day and night for 6 weeks, then for another 6 weeks only during the day.
Duration of surgery: 1.5-3 hours
Duration of stay: About 2 nights
Abdominal belt day and night for 6 weeks and during the day for another 6 weeks
Inability to work: approx. 2 weeks