Mini abdominoplasty has been classically defined as body contouring surgery that removes excess skin in the abdominal area below the navel, leaving the stomach flat. But currently in a surgery that has several variants and with the use of more modern instruments, it allows to cover larger areas from less invasive approaches. This surgery is indicated in patients who have only excess skin and flaccidity below the navel and is usually combined with liposculpture and muscle definition.
The surgery consists of adapting the skin below the navel and around it to the abdominal contour of the patient. For this, the combination of liposculpture with the mini abdominoplasty is required.
Generally, the scar is located in the lower pubic area, being hidden inside underwear and being very similar to that of a cesarean section. From this approach, all internal work will be carried out, the one that repairs and narrows the abdominal wall in the area below the navel, which is known as plications. In some patients who do not have excess skin above the navel, the navel can be detached, and a full plication performed as in abdominoplasty, but without having to make a new navel or remove as much skin. In our case, Dr. Ospina performs a Colombian corsetoplasty with muscle definition. With this, he manages to narrow the patient’s waist circumference and mark the obliques and the line alba. The mini abdominoplasty is often combined with a liposculpture to make the abdomen slimmer.
The realization of this type of intervention must be performed by a plastic surgeon with experience in body contouring surgery. Dr. Ospina has extensive training in his native Colombia in this type of intervention, where it is performed very regularly, which allows him to obtain results that are above average.
This type of intervention, when combined, is long and takes about six hours in the operating room, therefore it requires significant physical effort and maintaining a high level of concentration for several hours. This is why Dr. Ospina physically trains to be in shape and to be able to carry out this surgery. He is also using new technologies which reduce fatigue and allow to further improve its results.
This type of intervention must be performed in a hospital that meets all health requirements and has an intensive care unit. Cosmetic surgery is a very regulated surgery with fewer complications, but in case they appear, it is essential to have the support of a good hospital. Hence, low-cost surgeries try to save money on this and are performed in small clinics where these safety conditions are not covered.
Dr. Ospina is fully aware of this and that is why he performs all his surgeries in the operating rooms of Hospitals San Roque because it provides that extra security that he wants for his patients.
The mini abdominoplasty requires two to three weeks for a full recovery and returning to your job. Although during this period, patients will be able to lead a normal life, but without effort.
Generally, drains are used in the procedure, but they are removed a few days after surgery. At the same time, a girdle should be used during the first weeks for inflammation to decrease, and the skin to readapt faster. Intense physical activity can be resumed gradually after the month.
After surgery, the care of the scar is important so that it has the best possible quality. For this we provide all our patients with detailed care protocols. In addition, we perform laser therapy when necessary to further improve quality and make it unnoticeable.
During the first weeks, lymphatic drainage massages and adjuvant therapies are essential. That is why we have a trusted team and experienced physiotherapists, who will help maximize the results of your surgery.
For this type of surgery, you must have an optimal state of health, not have chronic diseases such as heart failure or lung failure, have a body mass index lower than 30 and not be a smoker. In the case of female patients, it is necessary to have finished the breastfeeding period at least 6 months before the intervention and not have planned to have more children so that the results of the surgery are maintained over time.