Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty, is a procedure in which excess skin and fat are removed from the lower abdomen and the muscles of the abdomen wall are tightened. This procedure can greatly reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen. The procedure is particularly helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies have stretched their abdomen so that it does not return to its normal shape. A tummy tuck is also helpful for those who have lost a significant amount of weight and now have loose, sagging skin. Tummy tucks are often performed in conjunction with liposuction to reduce the excess fat of the flanks (“love handles”).
The best candidates for an abdominoplasty are men or women in good health and relatively good shape, but who are bothered by hanging loose abdominal skin, and lax abdominal muscles. Those who are considering losing a significant amount of weight, or women still planning future pregnancies, may want to consider waiting before undergoing the tummy tuck procedure. However, some patients benefit from excision of an area of excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen which improves their appearance and allows them to more easily participate in an exercise program to loose weight, and then undergo a full abdominoplasty after they’ve reached their goal.
During the tummy tuck procedure a horizontal incision is made just above the pubic area and excess skin and fat is removed from the abdomen. Skin is separated from the abdominal wall. The underlying muscles of the abdominal wall are then tightened. The abdominal skin is then drawn downward and the excess is removed, and the umbilicus (belly button) is brought out through an incision in the skin.
Some of these risks of tummy tucks include infection, blood clots and loss of the lower edge of the skin flap. Sometimes scarring can be unsightly and may require a second operation.
There are a variety of types of abdominoplasty procedures. A mini-tummy tuck can be performed, in which only improves the appearance of the abdomen below the navel. During a mini-tummy tuck, only a short horizontal incision is made and the skin is separated only between the incision line and the navel. Liposuction can help to further sculpt the contours of your torso and is often performed in conjunction with a tummy tuck. The best choice for you will be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Valauri.