Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
A flat stomach or a "non protuberant abdomen" is important to a physically fit appearance. However, a healthy diet and regular abdominal workouts can sometimes do little to eliminate accumulations of excess fat and loose, sagging skin in the abdominal area. If you are bothered by these appearance problems, abdominoplasty (also called tummy tuck) may be a good choice for you.
Abdominoplasty is designed to firm and smooth the abdomen. This procedure removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen and may also tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. The result is a flatter, tighter abdominal profile.
Is an abdominoplasty right for me?
Abdominoplasty is best suited to women and men who have loose abdominal skin and/or a significant amount of abdominal fat that won't respond to dieting or exercise.You may be a good candidate for abdominoplasty if you have one or more of the following conditions: Excess or loose, sagging abdominal skin, an abdomen that protrudes and is out of proportion to the rest of the body, abdominal muscles that have been weakened by pregnancy or aging and excess fat that is concentrated beneath the abdominal skin.
If you plan to become pregnant or to lose a significant amount of weight, you should discuss this with us. Scars from previous abdominal surgeries may limit the results of an abdominoplasty. However, in some cases, an existing scar can be used for the new incision, as is often the case for women with Caesarean section scars.
How is abdominoplasty performed?
Generally, horizontal incisions are placed just within or above the pubic area. The length of the incision, which extends outward toward the hip bones, depends largely on the amount of skin to be removed. In other words, the looser the skin that needs to be removed, the longer the incision will be.
For women, the incision is kept within swimsuit lines. Working through this incision, we may tighten the underlying muscles by pulling them together and stitching them in place. Any excess skin from the lower abdomen is trimmed away. Skin that contains stretch marks may be removed as well; however, it may not be possible to remove them all.
The navel is relocated to a position in abdomen where it looks aesthetically more pleasing and appealing
Are there other options?
Traditional abdominoplasty isn't the best choice for everyone. We will advise you if either of these other options will work well with your anatomy and meet your surgical goals.
The "mini" abdominoplasty- This procedure may benefit you if you are primarily dissatisfied with the appearance of the abdominal area below the navel. A mini abdominoplasty requires only a short horizontal incision and no navel incision. It's important to realize, however, that the mini abdominoplasty will not correct loose skin above the navel.
Liposuction alone- If you have good skin elasticity and muscle tone, liposuction alone may be used to remove abdominal fat. This alternative may appeal to patients who are planning to become pregnant in the future.
How will I look and feel right after surgery?
After the surgery you will be instructed to sleep on your back with your knees up. You will be allowed to drink by the evening and can take breakfast next morning. You will be encouraged to get out of bed the day after surgery. You will be encouraged to gradually increase your activity and exercise. You will be able to return to non-strenuous work (typically within the first few weeks)
After few months:
You will see a truer picture of the final result of your surgery. Feelings of numbness or tightness will disappear. Your incision line will begin to fade in the months following surgery.
What should I know about my results?
Quite soon after surgery, you will see a noticeable difference in the shape of your body. Many people find that their firmer, flatter abdomen boosts their confidence and makes them feel more comfortable in clothing. As the months pass, your incision line will continue to fade; however, it's important to realize that your scar will be permanently visible. Many patients view the permanent scar as a small tradeoff for their firmer, sleeker appearance. Abdominoplasty produces long-lasting results. Unless you gain a significant amount of weight, you can expect to retain your new shape for many years.