Learn about Sandra’s story after her abdominoplasty
Now she is happy and fits into her long-awaited 38 size again.
Sandra D. was 57 when she came to the clinic.
She had a big complex about her abdomen.
She wanted to fit into her long-awaited 38 size again.
But after her two pregnancies, that goal had turned into a mission impossible for her.
Besides, the hot season was coming and she did not want to spend another summer covering her body with a sarong.
Due to her two pregnancies, Sandra had an abdominal diastasis, this is, a separation of the rectus abdominal muscles.
This produced a significant skin excess in her abdomen she had to live with every day.
Then she decided to visit our clinic to have and abdominoplasty.
What is abdominoplasty?
It is a complex surgical procedure to reconstruct the abdominal wall.
It consists of removing skin and fat excess, and tensing the abdominal wall muscles.
The purpose of the procedure is to reshape the abdomen, waist, and body trunk figure.
In the picture above, you can see Ines, one of our nurses, arranging the last details necessary for Sandra’s surgery.
What does the procedure involve?
Although Sandra wanted to have this abdomen surgery for years, she was afraid of what could happen to her in the operating room or of suffering too much pain.
Sandra had never been in an operating room before; it was a new experience and it was difficult for her to accept she was having a surgery for aesthetic rather than medical reasons.
First, she received general anaesthesia through a deep sedation and, holding the hand of Mercedes, one of our nurses, she fell asleep in a few seconds.
Then, in the anteroom of the operating room, we made a preliminary marking in the area where the incision was going to be made.
After that, the abdomen muscles skin and fat were detached from the pubic region to the lower thorax region, also detaching the navel from its base.
Next, we proceeded to join the muscles with stitches in order to tighten the abdominal wall and reduce the diameter of the waist.
In Sandra’s case we had to keep in mind that the lower part of her abdomen was affected by stretch marks and loose skin.
Therefore, we tightened downward to solve that problem and resected the remaining sections.
Finally, we closed the incision with stitches. One section was done with re-absorbable stitches and another one with superficial stitches that could be removed in the office just 10 days after the surgery.
After the operation, we left her with drainage tubes, which were removed the next day, and a special corset for abdominoplasty, with which she returned to her room in the hospital.
What was Sandra’s recovery like?
Sandra went home the same day of the surgery.
And the following day we removed the drains and she was then able to move more easily.
At first, her back hurt a little, which is completely normal in patients after abdominal surgery.
This is because we as humans walk forward and, at first, someone who has had abdominal surgery, feels tension in the first few days, and this causes the natural posture to be off balance.
As our clinic has staff specially trained in postural behaviour, we helped her correct this to relieve the pain. And she improved noticeably in a few days.
The week after the surgery, Sandra was happy.
She could already see the difference in her abdomen.
Every time she took off the corset to shower, she liked to see herself in the mirror and see that there was no longer excess skin, fat or flaccidity.
Sandra made her dream come true, and now she’s back in her size 38.
Before-and-after of Sandra’s abdominoplasty