What is a full or traditional abdominoplasty?

A full or traditional abdominoplasty is a larger surgical procedure involving several drains and multiple days in hospital. An incision is made from hip to hip, just above the pubic area and the skin detached from the abdominal wall to reveal the muscles and fascia. The muscle fascia is tightened with sutures and the surplus skin removed. Skin is then pulled downwards to the low abdominal scar, making a new opening for the original umbilicus.

This procedure has the added problem of increased risk of seromas and haematomas and is now obsolete at the Cadogan Clinic.

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