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Suitable for patients with significant sagging skin in the abdominal region, commonly after pregnancy and/or weight loss.

Surgery for sagging skin in the abdominal region

Suitable for patients with significant sagging skin in the abdominal region, commonly after pregnancy and/or weight loss.

In this surgery, we remove the sagging tissue up to just above the navel and reconstruct it.

The scar will be above the pubis, extending to the flanks (the size of the scar will depend on the leftover skin, which may be larger, so that there are no “residual flaps”).

In this procedure we also correct diastasis, which is the separation of the rectus abdominis muscles, by means of sutures that bring the muscle bellies closer together. When combined with liposuction, a more harmonious body contour is achieved.

It is important to have the surgery when your weight is more in line with your height, because if you lose weight after the procedure, your skin may sag again.

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With regard to post-operative care, we recommend avoiding driving for the first 15 days, as well as walking with a slight stoop during this period.

We also recommend avoiding carrying any weight over 2 kg in the first 2 months.

The use of a post-surgical brace is also usually indicated for this period.

The use of drains is commonplace, and they are removed when the output over 24 hours falls below 100mL.

However, punctures may be necessary to remove the fluid, using syringes and needles. This liquid is called seroma, which the body produces to fill the space where the removed tissue used to be.

Initially, the seroma will be red in color, as it is mixed with blood residue; over time, it will become more yellowish and fluid in appearance.

Special dressings and healing creams will be prescribed as you progress.

The result usually appears in the third month, stabilizing in the sixth month after surgery.

With regard to risks, it should be noted that, anywhere in the world, an informed consent form will be provided, which includes: Unfavorable scarring, bleeding (hematoma), infection, skin blemishes, fluid accumulation (seroma), anesthetic risks, poor healing, skin necrosis, numbness or other changes in skin sensitivity, skin depigmentation and/or prolonged swelling, asymmetry, dehiscence (reopening of a previously closed wound), necrosis of fatty tissue, damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles and lungs, pain, which may last, deep vein thrombosis, heart and lung complications, sutures that may spontaneously emerge in the skin, become visible or cause irritation requiring their removal and the possibility of another surgical procedure. These complications can be found on the website of the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery – São Paulo Regional – at this link: https://www.sbcp-sp.org.br/procedimentos-cirurgicos/abdominoplastia/.

Unfortunately, there are no risk-free surgeries. However, you will always be able to count on our
comprehensive support and professional service.

Surgeries are carried out after preparation, with preoperative tests, adequate hospital infrastructure and post-operative follow-up for the next few months, until the result stabilizes.