Tummy Tuck

Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck Surgery

Pregnancy and substantial weight loss can result in excessive abdominal skin that is troublesome, embarrassing and extremely difficult or impossible to eliminate simply by dieting and working out. A tummy tuck, or excess skin removal surgery, is a great solution; it re-creates the flat, firm abdomen you’re looking for by removing that excess skin.

When the skin has been stretched for a long period of time, as it is during pregnancy or a long period of obesity, it loses its elasticity and cannot tighten to fit a smaller body. In addition, the abdominal wall muscles (rectus abdominis) can become stretched. This leaves some individuals with loose, hanging skin around the midsection. Folds in the excess skin are aesthetically displeasing and can cause discomfort and hygiene issues. A heavy lower abdominal fold (pannus) can also cause back pain.

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How Tummy Tuck Cosmetic Surgery Works

An abdominoplasty typically involves two steps. During the first step, the cosmetic surgeon

removes the excess and overhanging skin from the lower abdomen in a procedure referred to as a panniculectomy. In some instances, a vertical incision may be needed to address upper abdominal skin laxity and to help create a narrower waistline. This is called a fleur-de-lis abdominoplasty.

During the second phase of the surgery, the underlying abdominal muscles are tightened. Liposuction may be performed in some cases. The excess skin is then pulled tight and removed to create a smooth, contoured appearance.

Depending on how much loose skin there is, where it is located and the associated fat pads, the patient may require additional procedures, such as thigh lifts and body lifts, to be performed at the same time.