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Tummy Tuck and Abdominoplasty

What is a Tummy Tuck?

(Abdominoplasty)

A Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) 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, patients can enhance the overall appearance and definition of the abdomen while eliminating an unwanted stomach bulge and loose skin.

A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us look to achieve through exercise and weight control. However, oftentimes these methods just don’t produce the desired results. Even individuals at a normal body weight can develop an abdomen that protrudes, has stubborn areas of fat or has loose, sagging skin.
The most common causes of this include:

  • Aging
  • Heredity
  • Pregnancy
  • Prior surgery
  • Significant fluctuations in weight

 Radiance by Roller offers three variations of Tummy Tuck procedures:

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Full Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

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Mini Tummy Tuck

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Panniculectomy

Full Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

If a patient is bothered by stubborn fat and/or excess skin folds above and below the belly button, a full tummy tuck may be needed. During a tummy tuck — also known as an Abdominoplasty — excess skin and fat are removed from the abdomen and the muscles of the abdominal wall are tightened. The remaining skin is then re-positioned 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 popular procedure for men and women, particularly those whose bodies have undergone dramatic changes from weight loss or pregnancy.

Benefits of a full tummy tuck include a much flatter, smoother abdomen, reduced appearance of stretch marks, and enhanced comfort in pants and skirts. You will also find that form-fitting dresses and swimsuits have a more flattering fit.

Mini Tummy Tuck

One variation of the Full Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) is the Mini-Tummy Tuck. This procedure uses a shorter incision just at, or above the pubic region, similar to the incision for a cesarean section. A Mini Tummy Tuck is used to tighten the lower abdominal muscles and remove excess lower abdominal skin and fat, the “pooch”.

The ideal candidate for a Mini Tummy Tuck is a patient that has most of his or her issues below the belly button and wants to tighten and tone the abdominal area below the belly button. Recovery from a Mini Tummy Tuck is shorter than it is for a Full Tummy Tuck. A Mini Tummy Tuck entails removing skin and tissue from the lower abdomen and repairing the weak muscles on the inside without repositioning the belly button.

Panniculectomy

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, lower abdomen skin. This excess skin is sometimes referred to as an “apron.”

The goal of Panniculectomy surgery is to remove hanging skin and fat from the lower abdomen to create a smoother abdominal contour. 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

Panniculectomy surgery is often necessary for patients with hanging fat and skin on the abdomen to address and resolve medical issues.

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!

-Tawni H.

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