Dermolipectomy or Abdominoplasty

It is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the mid and lower abdomen and repair the abdominal wall muscles.

How do I know if I am a candidate?

The best candidates for a dermolipectomy are men and women who have a relatively normal figure, but who are concerned about fat deposits or sagging skin of the abdomen that do not disappear with diets or exercise.

This surgery particularly helps women who after several pregnancies have lost the firmness of their abdominal muscles. Loss of elasticity of the skin in older patients can also be improved.

Partial Dermolipectomy or Minilipectomy

If for example your fat deposits are limited to the area below the navel, you may require a less complex procedure called a partial dermolipectomy, also known as minilipectomy

The most common procedure begins with an incision from one bone from one hip to the other, just above the pubis area. A second incision is made to release the navel from the surrounding tissue. With a partial dermolipectomy the incision is smaller and the navel may not need to be displaced.

The surgeon then separates the skin from the abdominal wall from the hips up to the ribs, and lifts the skin to expose the muscles of the abdomen. These muscles are stretched and joined, suturing them together in this new position.

This makes the abdominal wall firmer and narrows the waist. The skin is stretched down and the excess is removed. A new hole is made for the navel, which is placed back in place.

Recovery

On average, 1 night of hospitalization is required. The same day or the day after the surgery we started mobilizing out of bed so you can walk and go to the bathroom by yourself. It is then that you can be discharged from the hospital.

The first two weeks you need a relative rest, with a position slightly bent forward. You can not make sudden movements, carry heavy things or drive. Within two weeks you straighten your posture, you can start to drive with caution and start having more physical activity. After a month to a month and a half we started with exercise.

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