What is Abdominoplasty?
Abdominoplasty is to flatten your abdomen by removing skin, loose and excess fat and tightening muscles in the abdominal wall. In Abdominoplasty, some or all of the stretch marks in the lower abdomen area can be removed.
During the procedure excess fat and skin are removed from the abdomen. Thereafter connective tissue is often tightened with sutures in the abdomen.
An abdominoplasty (tummy tuck procedure) includes the following steps: Anesthesia, incision, and results. Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. A full tummy tuck requires a horizontally-oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairline and the belly button. The shape and length of the incision will be determined by the amount of excess skin. Once the abdominal skin is lifted, the underlying weakened abdominal muscles are repaired. A second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen. The upper abdominal skin is pulled down like a window shade. The excess skin is trimmed and the remaining skin is sutured together. A new opening for the belly button is created. The belly button is popped through to the surface and sutured into position.
When to consider Abdominoplasty
The basic tenet of an abdominoplasty (aka tummy tuck) is to achieve a smoother, flatter abdominal contour when liposuction alone is not adequate. This may occur when your body has experienced pregnancy, significant weight loss, or loss of skin elasticity over time.
Who is an appropriate candidate?
The best candidates for abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, are otherwise healthy patients with an excess of fat and skin in the lower abdomen. Candidates for a tummy tuck could be male or female. Also, patients who are good candidates for abdominoplasty procedures are finished having children and have increased amounts of skin laxity or looseness from the belly button down to the suprapubic region.