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Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
If you've reached your ideal body weight through diet and exercise but you still have an excess of skin and fat in your abdominal area that will not reduce, we'd like to recommend lipo-abdominoplasty or as it's usually known, a "tummy tuck.
There are many ways this extra skin and fat stays around the abdominal area, and no amount of diet or exercise will eliminate it:
• Multiple pregnancy
• Loss of elasticity in the skin
• Sudden, extreme weight loss
After tummy tuck of the abdomen and waist to sculpt the body, a shallow incision is made in the skin. The length of the incision is dependent on the extent of the area of the damaged skin. Then, we bring your abdominal muscles closer together and affix them in place. Finally, we remove excess skin, stretch the skin back down and make a new spot for your navel. There is a single drain in place in the middle of the incision to prevent any fluid collecting under the incision. This drain is removed after 5 days. Due to the minimally invasive nature of the lipo-abdominoplasty procedure, all of our patients go home the same day. Within 2 weeks, all of your stitches will be able to be removed and you can get started on the healing process. Normal activity such as work or school can be resumed within 12-14 days. Exercise can begin after 4 weeks.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
The tummy tuck is a procedure that will remove excess fat and skin and tighten underlying muscles in the abdomen. It also gets rid of loose or wrinkled skin and stretch marks. Both women and men can benefit from this extremely effective body contouring surgery. Pregnancy, weight gain, and weight loss have a devastating impact on a woman's abdomen. Only rarely can diet and exercise fully restore the abdominal wall to its flat desirable shape after the skin and muscles have been stretched to their limit. After losing weight, men can also have difficulties regaining their youthful flat abdomen.
Liposuction is ideal for contouring the abdomen for those who have good skin tone and excess fat that are resistant to diet and exercise, but the tummy tuck is a better procedure for women and men who have loose abdominal skin following pregnancy and weight loss.