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Clinical Definition

Abdominoplasty is an elective procedure to remove excess fat and abdominal skin while tightening weakened or separated stomach muscles.

In Our Own Words

An abdominoplasty flattens, firms and slims the abdomen by removing excess fat and skin while tightening muscles in the abdominal wall. It is a major elective surgery that requires general anesthesia and a recovery time of four to six weeks.

Candidates include women whose skin and abdominal muscles have been stretched by pregnancy; formerly obese individuals who cannot eliminate fat deposits and excess skin; and dieters and exercisers who cannot attain a flat, well-toned abdomen due to age or heredity.

Symptoms and Side Effects

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Abdominal scarring
  • 4 to 6 weeks of limited physical activity
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