Abdominoplasty | Tummy Tuck

What is Abdominoplasty | Tummy Tuck?

Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is amongst one of the most commonly performed aesthetic procedures in the United States. There are many reason for someone looking to have this procedure. For patients wanting this technique a number of factors come into play such as bariatric surgery, pregnancy, excess skin causing irritation or looking to improve the look of their abdominal wall. A major benefit of abdominoplasty is improvement in abdominal wall contour.

Due to the number of variations and modifications of abdominoplasties, it is key that we select the appropriate technique for each patient’s needs. We would discuss the best procedure and the expected postoperative desired outcome.

Mini-Abdominoplasty

When discussing a mini-abdominoplasty, it is important to know that this procedure is designed to remove very small amount of unwanted abdominal fat which is resistant to weight loss. This is commonly cause by loose skin that does not have the elastic recoil and will not tighten up.

In this procedure, a single incision is made just above your pubic area, which will allow for the scar to be placed as low as possible. After the incision is made, excess skin is removed, tighten slack muscles and possibly use liposuction to further refinement.

Full Abdominoplasty

In this technique along with the lower incision in the abdomen, we would need to make an incision around the navel. Just like the mini-abdominoplasty excess skin is removed, muscles are tightened and liposuction may be used to contour the abdomen but it is done to a greater extend.

It is expected that this surgical procedures is done under general anesthesia in the outpatient department of the hospital or in a certified surgery center. A couple of drains are left in place for several weeks to drain any fluid that might accumulate. They will be removed several weeks after the procedure. After recovery from surgery, you will be discharged home with care instructions.