What Is a Tummy Tuck?

Abdominoplasty (a tummy tuck) is the sixth most popular cosmetic surgery for women. Trumped only by breast augmentations, nose reshaping, liposuction, eyelid surgeries and facelifts. Abdominoplasty removes excess fat and skin while restoring weakened or separated muscles which create a smoother and firmer abdominal profile.

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Adbominoplasty Options

Complete Abdominoplasty

An incision is made from hip to hip just above the pubic area and another incision is made to free the naval from surrounding skin. The skin is detached from the abdominal wall to reveal the muscles to be tightened. In addition, liposuction is often used to refine the abdominal sculpture.

Partial (Mini) Abdominoplasty

A small incision is made in the lower abdomen and fat is removed below the belly button. The belly button is left in the same position. The resulting scar is smaller than the scar from a complete tummy tuck.

Extended Abdominoplasty

A complete abdominoplasty plus a lateral thigh lift. The procedure does all of the abdominal contouring of a complete abdominoplasty and allows further improvement of the waist and upper thigh.

High Lateral Tension Tummy Tuck

This is an advanced technique that takes more than four hours to complete. In addition to vertical-line tightening, muscles are tightened horizontally. The final result with this technique is a dramatically flat abdomen with a significantly better defined waist.

Floating Abdominoplasty or FAB Technique

This new technique, also known as an extended mini abdominoplasty, allows for tightening and shaping through a smaller incision that isn’t placed around the belly button. The muscles are reshaped and tightened from sternum to pubic area. The skin is then tightened and the belly button is reattached.

Circumferential Abdominoplasty

This procedure is an extended abdominoplasty plus a buttock lift. The resulting scar runs all the way around the body, and the operation is also called a Belt Lipectomy or Body Lift. This procedure is most common for patients who have lost a massive amount of weight.

Combination Procedures

A component of a lower body lift which may be combined with liposuction, contouring, breast augmentation, or breast lift. A popular name for breast enhancement procedures performed in conjunction with an abdominoplasty is a “mommy makeover.”

Things You May Not Know About Abdominoplasty Procedures:

  • Although the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in your weight.
  • If you are planning for substantial weight loss, you are advised to postpone a tummy tuck.
  • If you are considering future pregnancies, you would also be advised to postpone a tummy tuck.
  • A tummy tuck cannot correct stretch marks, although some may be removed or improved if they are located on the areas of skin that will be taken out.
What Can I Expect if I Receive an Abdominoplasty Procedure at bod:evolve?

With an abdominoplasty, the surgeon makes an incision above the pubic region; our doctors aim to keep the incision under the swimsuit lines, so that it would be invisible to public view. Your doctor will remove excess skin and fat from around the abdomen and tighten the abdominal muscles by pulling them together and anchoring them in place.

An abdominoplasty is a serious surgical procedure, and as such, the healing process may take a while. While each person’s body responds differently to surgery, it may take anywhere from 2-6 weeks before you resume all of your normal activities.

What Are the Risks with Abdominoplasty?

Although tummy tucks are considered safe, like other types of surgery, complications may arise. The majority of the risks can be avoided if you carefully follow the instructions received from your surgeon. However, severe complications occur in rare cases and these include blood clots, thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications or infection.

Patients must quit smoking a month before their surgery. Smoking reduces blood flow to the skin, which makes the recovery process a lengthier one. As well, smoking can increase the risk of infection after a major surgery.

A Personalized Approach

Abdominoplasty can enhance both your appearance and self-confidence. At bod:evolve, our doctors will talk to you about reasonable expectations for your surgical outcome. As a patient, both reasonable expectations and an active role in your own recovery are essential for a result that you are happy with.

Contact us today to schedule your complimentary tummy tuck consultation.

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