Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Abdominoplasty, or the more popular name “Tummy tuck surgery” eliminates all that excess flabby skin and fat from your abdominal area and creates an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer. In most cases an abdominoplasty is combined with liposuction to make a Lipotuck. After this you will have much better looking body contours around the hips, thighs, and buttocks.
Many women choose to combine the procedure with breast reduction, breast lift, or occasionally hysterectomy. A popular name for breast enhancement procedures performed in combination with an abdominoplasty is a “Mommy Makeover”.
Because it is a major surgery your surgeon can perform different kinds of procedures. At your consultation, you’ll talk about your goals and decide together with him which option is best for your situation. The most common procedures are
- Complete abdominoplasty
This option is for patients who need the most correction. The incision (cut) is made low on the abdomen, at about the same level as your pubic hair, and usually extends from hipbone to hipbone. Your surgeon will then manipulate and shape the skin and muscle as needed. You will also have an incision around your navel (belly button) with this procedure, because it’s necessary to free your navel from surrounding tissue. Drainage tubes may be placed under your skin; these will be removed in a few days as your surgeon sees fit.
- Partial or mini-abdominoplasty
Mini-abdominoplasties are done with shorter incisions and are often performed on patients whose fat deposits are located below the navel. During this procedure, your belly button most likely will not be moved. Your skin will be separated between the line of incision and your belly button. This type of surgery may also be performed with an endoscope (a long tube with a small camera on the end). This procedure may take up to two hours, again, depending on your situation and needs. As with the complete abdominoplasty, you may have drainage tubes after surgery.
- Circumferential abdominoplasty
This surgery includes the back area. When there is a lot of excess fat in the back as well as the abdomen, you may have either liposuction of the back or circumferential abdominoplasty. The latter procedure allows for the removal of both skin and fat from the hip and back areas, which improves the shape of your body three-dimensionally.
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