TUMMY TUCK AND ABDOMINOPLASTY
What is a Tummy Tuck?
Abdominoplasty–otherwise known as a “tummy tuck”–is a procedure that flattens, reshapes, and enhances the look of the abdomen area by removing excess fat and skin while tightening the muscles in the abdominal wall. With this procedure, the overall appearance and definition of the abdomen can be significantly improved while eliminating any unwanted stomach bulge and loose skin.
A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us look to achieve through exercise and dieting. However, these methods aren’t always effective or productive in creating desired results.
The most common causes of this include:
- Prior surgery
- Significant fluctuations in weight
Full Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
If a patient is bothered by stubborn fat and/or excess skin folds above and below the belly button, abdominoplasty may be needed. During this full tummy tuck, excess skin and fat are removed from the abdomen and the muscles of the abdominal wall are tightened. The remaining skin is then repositioned to create a more toned look, and a new belly button is created.
This procedure begins with a horizontal or U-shaped incision just above the groin area, running from hip bone to hip bone. This procedure provides the most drastic improvement of overall abdominal shape and tone. Tummy tucks are a popular procedure for those who have undergone dramatic bodily changes due to major weight loss or pregnancy.
Benefits of a full tummy tuck include a much flatter and smoother abdomen, reduced appearance of stretch marks, and enhanced comfort in clothing and overall confidence.
Mini Tummy Tuck
One variation of abdominoplasty is the mini-tummy tuck. This procedure uses a shorter incision just above the pubic region, similar to the incision for a C-section. A mini tummy tuck is used to tighten the lower abdominal muscles and remove excess lower abdominal skin and fat.
The ideal candidate for a mini tummy tuck is a patient whose main area of concern is around the belly button. Recovery from this procedure is shorter than it is for a full tummy tuck. A mini tummy tuck doesn’t reposition the belly button as it removes excess skin and tissue and repairs weak abdominal muscles.
A Panniculectomy removes excess skin and tissue from the lower abdomen. Unlike a tummy tuck, this procedure does not tighten the abdominal muscles. A panniculectomy is most helpful for individuals who are wishing to eliminate excess, saggy skin from the lower abdomen. This excess skin is sometimes referred to as an “apron.”
In general, you may be a good panniculectomy candidate if:
- You are physically healthy and at a stable weight
- You have realistic expectations
- You are a nonsmoker
- You are bothered by the appearance of your abdomen
- You have recurring or persistent rashes or infections underneath the hanging fold of skin
Before & Afters
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I have had the best experience with Dr. Roller and his team! I am two weeks post op from a full tummy tuck and I couldn’t be happier with my results! I originally didn’t know Dr. Roller did anything but weight loss surgery, but boy was I wrong! He is so skilled in cosmetic surgery as well! I can’t wait to see how I look once all of the swelling is gone! Thank you Dr. Roller for changing this momma belly!