Abdominoplastie

The course of an abdoplasty 

The abdoplasty operation is done under general anesthesia and requires hospitalization of one to two nights, it lasts between one to three hours depending on the importance of the work to be done. The intervention includes three distinct phases.

Belly liposuction 

The surgeon begins by aspirating the fat located on the abdomen and the flanks. Liposuction makes it possible to refine the area of ​​the abdominal wall at the level of the stomach before removing the excess skin.

Abdominal surgery 

Two types of interventions exist depending on the extent of sagging skin.

  • In case of minimal skin sagging, the surgeon does a mini-tummy tuck. It removes excess skin in the area below the navel without the need to touch the muscles. This technique reduces the risk of bleeding and gives a moderate scar as well as shorter suites.
  • In the event of very significant sagging skin, the surgeon does a complete abdoplasty. It removes excess skin from the lower part of the belly and straightens, tightening it, the upper half, which is then stretched to cover an almost doubled surface. The navel then emerges at its normal height, through an orifice made in the lowered skin.

A scar remains, the length of which depends on the amount of skin removed. This is located flush with the pubis as low as possible and can extend from one hip to the other. Its length is predictable before the operation. It should normally be possible to conceal it with suitably sized underwear. With a complete tummy tuck, there is also a small circular scar around the umbilicus.

Firming of muscles 

The surgeon tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall. This tightening of the rectus muscles (diastasis) helps to recreate a strong abdominal belt, to flatten the stomach area and to slim the waist.

At the end of the operation, the practitioner places a modeling bandage that is changed regularly over the following 15 days.

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The abdominoplasty removes the excess sagging skin and fat in the entire area between the navel and the pubis. Abdominoplasty (or abdominoplasty) is a lifting technique used to remove excess sagging skin and fat. It is the most complete belly surgery, it removes all the excess skin between the navel and the pubis.

The indications for abdominoplasty

A tummy tuck should be used whenever there is significant sagging skin with excess fat and stretch marks or scars. The abdominoplasty can act on three defects at the same time:

  • A surplus of fat in the belly: It appears with age in men most often from their forties and in women after menopause.
  • Excess skin: What is visible is the classic abdominal apron following pregnancy or significant weight loss.
  • A separation of the abdominal muscles (diastasis of the rectus abdominis) of congenital origin or following a cesarean section.
If the excess fat is significant and the skin sagging moderate without distension of the muscles, liposuction of the belly is sufficient to cause a limited retraction of the skin, but still sufficient.

In case of significant excess fat and skin with muscle relaxation, it becomes necessary to perform a tummy tuck.

When the patient has a tummy without an abdominal apron and does not want a scar, she can use the Renuvion technique which couples radio frequency and helium gas to create a thermal effect that retracts the skin.

The aftermath of the intervention 

A compression bandage and drains are installed and kept for one to two days before being replaced by a compression sleeve that the patient will wear day and night for one to two months. 

The threads are removed after 15 to 20 days. The scar is often pinkish for the first two to three months, then gradually fades for one to three years without completely disappearing.

The results of abdominal surgery 

The result is immediately visible. The excess fat and skin have completely disappeared as well as stretch marks and the stomach is flat. It becomes definitive after two months, when the edema above the scar has completely reduced. The belly is then very flat and tense, the waist is slimmed down.

The physical and psychological change is often extraordinary. The person again wears clothes that are closer to the body, dares to put on a swimsuit on the beach, regains confidence in his intimate relationships.

The price of a tummy tuck General anaesthesia. 

Stay 1 to 2 nights. PRICE TTC * From € 6,000