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Lipectomy to remove excess skin

Lipectomy is a procedure through which redundant and inelastic tissue (skin and fat) is removed from certain areas such as arms, thighs, back and abdomen, the latter being the best known. In Abdominal Lipectomy, sagging muscles are also corrected. The elasticity of the skin is drastically reduced by massive weight loss or after pregnancies, in which case the abdominal muscles also become flaccid.

Important considerations

Before starting surgery The patient must be in optimal health. Once it is feasible to perform the operation, the person is assessed standing and the excess tissue is marked. The Surgery is performed under general anesthesia.

What is Lipectomy?

In the Lipectomy Abdominally, an incision is made in the suprapubic area that extends towards the iliac spines (hip bone). This incision will be lengthened as much as the excess skin warrants.

The skin is peeled back to the costal margin and at that point the muscle defect is corrected. recovering the appearance of a flat abdominal wall. Finally, the excess tissue is resected and the wounds are closed. The patient must remain hospitalized for the first night after Surgery.

Postoperative care

After the intervention, a lycra garment should be worn for approximately 20 days, avoiding significant physical exertion for this same period and postoperative therapies are suggested.

Complications of the procedure

They can be presented minor complications such as poor healing, hematomas, asymmetries.

Although the incidence is low, there are some major complications such as the formation of thrombi in the legs or lung, for which preventive measures are taken.

In which cases is Lipectomy recommended?

This surgery It is indicated when there is sagging and excess skin and muscle. For example, after pregnancies and large weight losses.