Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure to remove excess fat and skin from the abdominal region to make the tummy flatter. This is a highly recommended procedure when the stubborn fat and loose skin in the tummy area does not respond to exercise or diet. The surgery involves tightening of the muscles within the abdominal wall, which have often been stretched and loosened from pregnancy or from weight gain. The result after tummy tuck is a taut and firm abdomen. Abdominoplasty is a major surgery, and it is recommended only for people who have already tried exercise and dieting without much success. The procedure can be one major step in restoring your tummy to its appearance before pregnancy. Tummy tuck should not be considered as an overall weight loss procedure because it is confined only to fat and skin removal in the tummy region.
Tummy Tuck Procedure
Abdominoplasty may be performed as a mini or full tummy tuck surgery, depending on the patient’s needs. A mini tummy tuck involves a short incision below the bathing suit line. Through this incision, Dr. Prince will remove the excess fat to tighten the skin and perform some liposuction to reduce the upper abdominal fat. A full abdominoplasty is a bit more complex. The incision is a bit larger, and the abdominal muscles are tightened. The procedure also involves repositioning of the belly button to a more aesthetic location. Tummy tuck surgery may be performed safely as an outpatient procedure and pain can be alleviated with a special device called a “pain pump”.
Candidates for Tummy Tuck Surgery
Abdominoplasty is equally suited for women and men as long as they are in good health. Dr. Prince will consult closely with your primary care doctor to make certain that you are a candidate. Women who may be suffering from excess loose skin and fat in the abdomen following multiple pregnancies will find excellent success with this procedure. Additional candidates include patients who have undergone major weight loss, but still have fat deposits around the tummy and loose skin. Patients who have not completed their weight loss or who plan to become pregnant should avoid abdominoplasty.
Contact Dr. Prince
Dr. Prince believes in a surgical philosophy of individualized assessment of form and function to ensure optimal results. During your initial consultation, Dr. Prince will discuss all of your cosmetic body surgery options, and will work in partnership with you to formulate a customized treatment plan tailored to fulfill your unique aesthetic goals. If you would like more information about cosmetic body surgery, please contact Dr. Prince today. We look forward to speaking with you, and to setting up your initial consultation with Dr. Prince.