Has the skin on your tummy lost its elasticity? You wish to find a harmonious silhouette? Carry out your abdominoplasty in Brussels and remove the excess fat and abdominal skin that is affecting your life. Abdominoplasty can also repair the muscles of the abdominal wall (diastasis). Deterioration of the abdominal wall can occur after pregnancy or weight loss. The aim of this treatment is to remove the most damaged parts of the skin and to extend the healthy skin nearby.
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Pregnancy and weight changes damage the abdominal belt and create a diastasis that must also be repaired during the operation. In addition to abdominal surgery, excess fat in the abdomen and flanks is suctioned off. The aim of this liposuction is to refine and reshape the waistline.
The scar caused by this operation is located at the limit of the pubic hair. Located in the lines usually covered by your underwear or a swimming costume, it will be easy to camouflage. Moreover, it fades with time. During the procedure, Dr Ballieux ensures that the belly button remains centred and natural-looking.
If you have sagging skin and loss of muscle tone that is limited to the lower abdomen, Dr Ballieux can perform a mini abdominoplasty. It does not require any incision around the navel and the scar will be discreet like the one after a caesarean section.
This operation is carried out under general anaesthesia and is performed as an outpatient procedure. The patient is seen again at 24 and 48 hours after the operation. During the first year following the operation, a follow-up visit is mandatory every 3 months. The final result can only be judged after 1 year.
A support girdle must be worn for the first 6 weeks of post-operative recovery. In general, the recovery process is as follows
Swelling may occur during this period. In this case, Dr Ballieux prescribes oral analgesics to limit the discomfort that this may cause. You will make an appointment with the doctor at 24, 48 and 72 hours, then you will be seen at 3 and 6 weeks post-op. Finally, you will be seen every 3 months for 1 year.
After 2 to 3 weeks, most patients resume their daily activities. We advise against driving for the first 7-10 days after surgery.
We advise against physical exertion for 6 weeks after an abdominoplasty in Brussels.
Any surgical procedure involves risks, even minimal ones. The reaction of living tissue cannot be anticipated. Any surgical operation can generate several risks such as the appearance of bruises, swellings, possible bleeding but also infections.
A distinction must be made between complications related to the anaesthesia and those related to the surgery itself. For example, you may experience:
Although these are uncommon, they will be discussed during a consultation.
Some medications can increase the risk of possible complications before and after the operation. We advise avoiding all medications containing or related to aspirin, including anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant drugs, 2 weeks before the operation. Dr Ballieux will advise you if it is necessary to stop any of the medicines you are taking.
Smoking is harmful during the weeks surrounding surgery. It can lead to various complications such as scarring. Infections in the material used for the implants can also result. Dr Ballieux recommends that you stop smoking 6 to 8 weeks before and after the operation.
The fees include the various costs involved in an operation such as the surgeon’s and anaesthetist’s fees and the costs of day hospitalisation. Other elements also enter into the calculation of the final sum. It is not possible to define a predefined rate as some of the elements may vary depending on the patient and the complexity of the operation.
A digital photo album illustrating the before-and-after results will be made available to patients in consultation.
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