Commonly called a “tummy tuck”, abdominoplasty involves removing excess skin and fat and restores separated or weakened muscles to create a smoother and firmer abdominal profile.
Individuals who maintain an otherwise normal body proportion and weight can have an abdomen that is saggy and loose. Various circumstances can cause this undesirable appearance, including:
- Significant weight fluctuations
- Prior surgery
The ideal candidates for abdominoplasty are individuals who:
- Are physically fit with a stable weight
- Are a non-smoker
- Are realistic with their expectations and goals with the procedure
- Have excess and sagging abdominal skin they want removed
- Have weakened and separated abdominal muscles
- Have an abdomen that is out of proportion and protrudes
- Have excess fatty tissue in the abdomen
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Before you can undergo the abdominoplasty, your plastic surgeon will evaluate your specific situation to determine the ideal course of action for you. During the initial consultation, the surgeon will examine your abdomen including the amount of loose skin in your abdomen, excess fat and condition of your abdominal muscles.
The abdominoplasty varies from one individual to the next. The design of the incisions as well as the technique used by the surgeon may differ. In some instances, incisions around the navel may be avoided. If the fat deposits are below the navel and the loose skin is minimal, a small horizontal incision may be all that is required. This technique is called a “mini” or partial abdominoplasty.
Sometimes liposuction is implemented with the abdominoplasty to get rid of excess abdominal fat.
The results of the surgery will appear immediately. However, the full effect of the procedure won’t be apparent until swelling subsides. The incision lines created during the surgery will heal and fade as time progresses. The appearance of the post operative scars range from barely visible to more noticeable – this depends on patient’s skin type and propensity to scar. Fortunately, these scars are typically located in areas concealed by undergarments and bathing suits.
A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an alternative to an exercise program. Furthermore, the procedure will not correct stretch marks above the umbilicus but some of these imperfections may be removed or improved if located on the excess skin that is removed (i.e. below the umbilicus).
After the surgery, you will have follow-up visits with your plastic surgeon at scheduled intervals. These visits will evaluate your progress and help ensure you are healing properly without complications.