Are the results of abdominoplasty permanent?
As a general rule, the more stable your body weight, the better the chance of a permanent result. Even after a slight increase in weight, you can still expect lasting results from this form of figure correction.
Do the abdominoplasty scars remain visible?
Abdominoplasty normally leaves fine, faint scars that will be scarcely visible after a certain period of time. Depending on genetic predisposition and the body’s natural healing ability, in rare cases some thicker or slightly reddish scar tissue may remain. However the incision sites will be well positioned so that any scars will be concealed by your underwear or swimsuit.
Do I need to tell you about any medication I am taking?
It is extremely important in every case that you advise the specialist treating you of any illnesses and any medication you may be taking. For two weeks before surgery you must not take any medication containing aspirin (e.g. Aspirin, Aspégic etc.). These medications may lead to excessive bleeding during the operation and delay the post-operative healing process. The specialist may decline to go ahead with the abdominoplasty at any time if an increased risk is posed as a result of medication taken before the operation.
Are there any risks associated with an abdominoplasty?
As a general rule, any operation carries with it certain risks (e.g. intolerance of certain medication, bruising, delayed healing, inflammation, scar problems or loss of normal sensation). This all depends on the individual’s general state of health. Your specialist will discuss any potential risks with you as part of the consultation process and preparation for surgery.
How long will I be off work?
You should expect to be off work for about two weeks. If your job involves heavy physical activity, you may be unable to return to work for up to six weeks.
When will I be able to play sport again?
Sporting activity may be resumed once the healing process is over (after about six to eight weeks).
How much does abdominoplasty cost?
The cost of an abdominoplasty depends on the type and scope of the surgical procedure involved and can only be determined as part of a private consultation and medical examination. In total you can expect to pay around 10,000 to 20,000 Swiss francs. The preliminary consultation is 200 Swiss francs.
Will this procedure be covered by health insurance?
Abdominoplasty is not normally covered by health insurance. In extreme cases of excessive soft tissue accumulating around the abdomen after massive weight loss, an insurance company may, in rare instances, pay a proportion of the treatment costs.