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Abdominoplasty

A free consultation always takes place before surgery. It includes a full description of the treatment and mentions the potential complications as well as answering individual/personal questions.
This description is necessary in order to be prepared for the personal meeting and to be informed about the most important points.

Mode of Anaesthetization:
general anesthetic
Period of operation:
1-2 hours depends on the scope of removal
Estimated time of hospital care:
1 day
Ability to return to workplace:
earliest after 2 weeks
Continuation of your ordinary lifestyle:
physical education is not recommended for 3 weeks
Completely return to the lifestyle led after operation:
2-3 months

 

Reason of medical intervention

After loss of weight, the skin of the belly may slacken.

In the case of exaggerated obesity, the skin hangs down with a big fat layer called an “apron”.

The same problem can occur after childbirth when the skin looses its elasticity.  In this case, the two abdominal muscles have moved away from each other and the muscle has stretched.

These situations cause both hygienic and aesthetic problems and in a few cases hernia too. Exercise and diet are not sufficient to fully return to one’s former state.

The solution may be abdominoplasty.

 

The Operation

The surgery involves an incision between the abdomen and the navel, then the removal of the oversize skin and fat (dermolipectomia). In this case the navel will be transferred.

When the abdominal muscles show a separation,  they can be  rejoining by stitching them together.

At the same time a hernia, if present, can be extracted.

At the surgical site, it is necessary to insert tubes to drain away blood and mucus. The operation will be performed using the most modern technical methods with the smallest incisions. These can be covered by plastic stitches under the skin which assure you of lined, barely visible scars.

The surgery is performed under general aenesthesia, it usually takes 1-2 hours.

 

Before surgery

As the operation will be done in narcosis, the following medical examinations are necessary: EKG, chest X-ray, laboratory tests and abdominal ultrasound . On the day of surgery, the patient has to stay one night in the hospital.

We can helpfully organize any necessary examinations.

 

Therapy after Operation, Medicines, Lifestyle, Monitoring

After the operation, it is suggested to wear an elastic abdominal belt. The doctor will inform you about the term of recovery including: the beginning date of sport activities, how long to wear the belt, and when showering is permitted.

Within 24-48 hours after the operation, the patient can remove the cover dressing and can usually have a shower.

The drains are removed between the 2nd-6th day, depending on the quantity of mucus discharge. The sutures will be absorbed within a few months.

In some cases, after the operation there may be an increased quantity of mucus which must also be removed. The final result will be formed over 2-3 months.

Further dates of (free) monitoring will be set up during the doctor’s consultation.

If after surgery, you feel fever, pain, hematoma or any other complaint, please contact us immediately.

 

General and Special Risks of Operation, Possible Complications

We’ll inform you about all risks of anaesthesia during your personal consultation. In order to reduce surgical complications, we give antibiotic medicine and an injection (LMWH) before every operation to prevent thrombus during anaesthesia.

Very rarely, after the surgery, there may be a lack of feeling, or lessened circulation around the abdomen skin and navel, or partial necrosis. After the operation, abdominal layers may be inflamed, there may be postoperative bleeding, or a problem with the wound healing. The surgical hospital will address and resolve these problems.

Surgical incision scars depend mainly upon patients’ skin and genetic predisposition which makes the scar a normal thin line, or thickened (keloid),or expanded (hypertrophia).

You’ll get specific advice about your risks and possible complications from your personal doctor.

 

Next step

When you feel that getting rid of your oversize skin and fat, will increase your self-confidence and your self-image, please don't hesitate to contact our plastic surgeon Dr. Bernadett Lévay about your possibilities! Your free consultation doesn't oblige any commitment, so don't hesitate to contact us!

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