Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
A tummy tuck can significantly reduce extra skin from the lower abdomen and tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. This type of body contouring is particularly helpful to women who have had several pregnancies by dramatically enhancing the appearance of the abdomen.
An abdominoplasty can address many concerns in the belly of a woman after pregnancy, or a man or woman after massive weight loss. An abdominoplasty will remove excess skin, fat, and can repair a diastasis recti.
A diastasis recti is a separation of the fibrous portion portion between you 'six pack muscles'. It often occurs from the increased abdominal pressure during pregnany. It can be seen when lying flat, and raising your legs off the ground-this will resort in a buldge. When when lose weight and still complain of a little pouch in the belly area, this diastasis recti is often the culprit.
Left side is normal
Right side is abnormal
The avelar abdominoplasty is a newer technique which has many advantages compared to the traditional abdominoplasty. During your consultation can determine whether you are a good candidate for this. It involved extensive liposuction with smaller amounts of dissection. These patients usually do not require any postoperative drains.
A crescent tuck is a smaller tummy tuck that leaves the belly button in its original position. With the advent of new surgical techniques, recovery time today is much quicker and less painful. Patients can return to work shortly after the surgery. This is performed on someone who has a minimal amount of skin requiring removal.
A tummy tuck performed with a simultanous breast surgery is often referred to as a "mommy makeover".