Abdominoplasty is good for the persons having extra loose skin and fat around the abdomen with or without, decreased elasticity of the underlying muscles.
Those who still want to reduce the weight should undergo surgery only after weight reduction. If there is weight reduction after surgery, the result of surgery is spoiled.
Women desirous of pregnancy should undergo abdominoplasty only if there are no options working.
Stitches are given to close the skin. In some cases a drain tube is brought out to remove collected blood.
The patient can be allowed to move around after 24 hours. Under most circumstances you will be discharged after 24 hours. It may be difficult for you to stand up initially but becomes easy once the movement is started. It is very important to start moving around after 24 hours.
You can move around in the house in 3 days. It is advisable to take rest for a week after operation. The drain tube is removed between 4 to 7 days or after it stops draining the fluid. The dressing is changed every 3 days and stitches are self dissolving type. Light exercise like slow walking can be started after 2 weeks. Lifting of weight and heavy exercise are allowed after 3-4 weeks. You will be advised to put on special pressure garments after surgery. The duration of this may vary between 4-12 weeks depending on the extent of liposuction done alongwith.
The incision line remains permanent. It may look red and elevated to begin with but becomes invisible over a period of about 6 months.
Most of the operations end up without any risks or complications. The procedure however carries as much risk of anesthesia as any other (non-cosmetic) operation. Other complications are generally related to healing of incision. More specific complications can be advised after your first clinical examination.