Our society puts unrealistic pressure on women to have perfectly flat stomachs. However, patients who experience childbirth, weight loss or the effects of time experience a progressive loosening of the tissues of the abdomen and an unwanted accumulation of skin and fat. Abdominoplasty procedures tighten the abdominal muscles and remove unwanted skin and fat, thus slimming down the tummy. There are different patterns of tissue change over time and a spectrum of different treatments available for patients.
After listening to a patient describe what bothers them about their abdomen, a thorough examination and a customized plan is designed for each patient with the purpose of achieving the most optimal result and the lowest risk.
The full or standard tummy tuck is the most common treatment performed to the front of the abdomen. This procedure treats a wide range of tummy issues, and can have a great effect towards sculpting and shaping the abdominal contour. A full tummy tuck can even help return your abdomen to your pre-pregnancy physique!
Patients who have skin looseness benefit from a full abdominoplasty, as the skin of the lower abdomen is removed and replaced with the more youthful, higher quality skin of the upper abdomen. The other issue that tummy tucks can improve on is the “prominence” of the abdomen. Prominence refers to what patients see as a sticking out of the abdomen, or what we all call a “pooch”. During a full tummy tuck, a space is made under the skin but directly on top of the fascia and the fascia is tightened, flattening out the “pooch.” This can have a great effect on the appearance of the front of the abdomen. A consultation with Dr. David Newman can help you to see how much flatter your tummy can be with a tummy tuck.
Some patients are candidates for lesser procedures, like a mini-tummy tuck or even just liposuction of the front of the abdomen. The results will still be achieved as we discussed above, however a mini-tummy tuck is perfect for patients with smaller fat and skin deposits and just want a procedure to give them the flat tummy they’ve always wanted!
At your consultation with Dr. Newman, different alternatives will be thoroughly discussed. As always, a care plan will be designed to fit your specific needs and your special and individual body shape and size. Tummy tuck recovery varies depending on the person and on the extent of the surgery. Most people need between 3 and 6 weeks for abdominoplasty recover.*