A complete abdominoplasty usually takes 2 to 4 hours, depending on the amount of correction necessary. A mini abdominoplasty usually takes 1 or 2 hours. It is done by a long incision from one hip to another just above the pubic area. A second incision will be made next to the bellybutton to separate the tissues.
In a mini abdominoplasty a much smaller incision is make, also above the pubic area. However, the other incision is not necessary as the bellybutton can be lowered to stretch the skin.
Next, the skin is separated from the abdominal wall upwards until the ribs, exposing the abdominal muscle. They are tensioned and unified in the middle making a firm abdominal wall and a narrower waist. The separated skin is stretched down and excess is removed; the bellybutton is put in its new position. Finally, sutures are made and a bandage is placed along with a temporal drain tube to eliminate excess fluids. In the mini abdominoplasty, the skin is only separated between the incision and bellybutton, excess skin is removed and sutures are made.
The excess skin is removed; in complete abdominoplasty the bellybutton is relocated.
After an abdominoplasty: The stomach is flatter and narrower. The scars, although definitive, will be less visible with time.