Full abdominoplasty (routinely accompanied by liposuction)
The surgeon makes a long incision across the abdomen, running from hip bone to hip bone and right above the pubic area.
This is normally done in such a way as to conceal the future scar with underwear.
You will be requested to put on your favourite cut underwear so Dr Barnouti can hide the final scar within its borders.
A second round incision is then created around the umbilicus, if required, to free the navel from its surrounding tissue.
Next, Dr Barnouti will separate the skin from the abdominal wall right up to the ribcage and pulls back the resulting flap to show the vertical muscles in the abdomen.
As mentioned above, these muscles can be tightened by drawing them in together and stitching them into position.
The skin flap is then stretched down and the excess skin is removed. Lastly, the incisions will be stitched together and dressings applied.
In the event of excess fluid, a tube may be used to drain it off. The procedure will take 3 hour and require 1-2 days stay in Hospital.
Mini abdominoplasty (routinely accompanied by liposuction)
In the circumstance that you are suitable for a mini abdominoplasty, the skin is separated only as far as the navel rather than up to the ribcage, the incision is much shorter and it may not even be necessary to move the navel at all.