An abdominoplasty procedure or tummy tuck involves removing any damaged skin (distended, over-stretched or scarred) and tightening the surrounding healthy skin to form a flat tummy. Before surgery, Dr Merle will first draw on the abdomen where the incisions will need to be made. The specific marks he makes will depend on where and how much skin is going to be removed. He will then proceed to remove a section of skin between the tummy button and the pubis following the lines he drew prior to the operation. Generally speaking, part of the scar will be hidden in the pubic hair and will extend more or less into the creases of the groin. When a full tummy tuck is performed, the scars will inevitably be more extensive: please do not hesitate to discuss potential scarring with Dr Merle prior to the operation, in order to be fully aware of the aesthetic results that may be achievable or obtained.
In addition to removing the section of skin (as described above), Dr Merle can also remove excess fat using liposuction and treat any damage to the underlying abdominal muscles. Healthy skin will be tightened downwards. The tummy button is re-positioned to look normal. An abdominoplasty can be performed in 2 to 3 hours, depending on the extent of the area to be treated. It is carried out under a general anaesthetic.
After surgery, you will need to stay in hospital for 24 hours.
The cost of an abdominoplasty procedure performed in Antibes by aesthetic and plastic surgeon Doctor Roman Merle, starts at €2300 and can, in certain cases, be reimbursed by Social Security.