What to expect after surgery
The mini-abdominoplasty is a little or moderate painful procedure. Pains are well soothed by analgesics.
Ecchymosis (bruises) are classical and subside within 2 to 3 weeks after the operation. An oedema (swelling) is constant and of variable duration, gradually subsiding within a few months.
Daily nursing care after your shower with a soft soap are necessary during 15 days.
Three preventive measures against phlebitis are established after the procedure: the affected leg elevated as well as the walk, the wearing of compression stockings and the daily injection of an anticoagulant (medicines which thin the blood) over 15 days.
The wearing of a compression garment is recommended during 1 month in order to reduce the post-operative œdema.
The progressive resumption of daily activities is possible the day following the procedure.
The resumption of professional activities is possible one week following the procedure.
The resumption of sports activities can be done within 4 to 6 weeks following the operation.
The complications of a mini-abdominoplasty are rare and will be mentioned by Dr.Petit during the consultation.
The final result of a mini-abdominoplasty is obtained between 3 to 6 months after the procedure, when the post-operative oedema has disappeared.
The scars initially are inflammatory (red and swollen) the first months, then they will fade gradually without disappearing. The final aspect of de your scar is not predictable and will be known at the end of the scarring maturation (between 1 and 2 years after the procedure).
The result is long-lasting except in case of significant changes in body weight or pregnancy.