Mini - Abdominoplasty
This operation is usually done to tighten the lower abdominal area and remove the fullness that often develops after pregnancy. It is used when there is localized fullness of the lower abdomen and a less extensive procedure than an abdominoplasty is needed. An ellipse of skin is removed from the lower abdomen and the muscles beneath that area will be tightened. Liposuction of the abdomen usually done at the same time. The operation can be done under either local anesthetic or general anesthetic. Most patients are happier asleep. You can choose. Most of the time this is an outpatient operation and a stay in the hospital is not needed. All operations have some risk. The risks of surgery can be divided into two groups. First those that are seen in all operations and second those that are unique or special for this operation. In the first group, the main risks are swelling, bruising, bleeding, infection, a scar and numbness or change in feeling. The main problems which are special for this operation are the scar of the lower abdomen and irregularity from the liposuction. The recovery takes one to two weeks. Most people are back to work within a week or two.