Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Even though you may be doing everything right regarding diet and exercise, you may find your abdomen to be a challenging area to tone. Conditions like pregnancy, or significant weight gain or loss can lead to soft abdominal skin sagging, stretching, and retaining excess fat. No matter what the cause, no amount of core exercises or green smoothies will help you achieve your desired outcomes.
The good news is that you can achieve a slim contour that you desire with the help of a tummy tuck procedure. Medically known as an abdominoplasty, the tummy tuck can eliminate excess skin and abdominal fat by tightening soft tissues in this area. Finally, you can get into those slim-fitting clothes or wear a swimsuit with confidence.
If you are unhappy with your appearance because of notoriously stubborn fat deposits and loose skin in the abdominal area that are unresponsive to diet and exercise, please contact the office of Dr. Wiser to schedule your tummy tuck consultation.
What is a tummy tuck?
The tummy tuck procedure involves the removal of excess fat and skin, leading to a tightening effect for your abdominal wall, which gives it a toned, tighter, and flatter appearance.
Would a liposuction or tummy tuck work best for me?
The answer depends upon what you are trying to achieve. The liposuction procedure involves the removal of only fat found under the skin. You may be left with excess skin if your skin is inelastic and cannot adjust to sudden fat loss.
Although an abdominoplasty does remove some fat, the focus of the procedure is for tightening excess abdominal skin. It is usually performed for individuals who have lost weight and need the removal of excess skin.
If you would like both skin tightening and weight loss, you may be able to use a combination of a tummy tuck and liposuction procedure to get the best of both worlds. It is the preferred combination to achieve the best outcomes. This combined procedure is known as lipo-abdominoplasty.
Would I make a good candidate for a tummy tuck procedure?
The best candidates for the tummy tuck are those who are:
Struggling to return the appearance of their abdomen to how it looked before childbirth.
Finding toning their stomach more difficult as they grow older.
Close to their optimal body weight, but need some toning.
A person who experienced significant weight loss, either through exercise and diet or surgery, but need excess skin removal.
Candidates for a tummy tuck should:
Be at a stable weight
Have realistic expectations regarding the results of their procedure
Are there different types of tummy tuck procedures?
Yes. There are three types of abdominoplasty procedures. Each of these is designed for targeting various areas of the body so that every patient can achieve the results that they desire with minimal scarring. Each tummy tuck procedure typically takes about two hours to perform under general anesthesia.
Full Tummy Tuck
The full tummy tuck procedure involves the forming of an incision running from hip to hip, and another is required around the navel. The goal of this type of tummy tuck is tightening abdominal muscles for a tighter appearance and a narrower waist. We remove any excess fat and skin during this procedure. Depending upon their location, stretch marks, and C-section scars can also possibly be removed.
Mini Tummy Tuck
The mini tummy tuck is appropriate for anyone whose main area of focus is their lower abdomen. It is a modified version of the abdominoplasty procedure that helps to tighten the muscle and remove excess skin found on the lower abdomen under the navel. This procedure does leave a scar but does not involve a repositioning of the naval or excess skin removal from the upper abdominal area.
Extended Tummy Tuck
If you have excess skin on your hips, commonly known as "love handles," this procedure may be right for you. The extended tummy tuck involves the removal of excess skin from a larger area than the conventional tummy tuck, which is optimal for those who have lost a significant amount of weight. In many cases, the naval will be placed in a higher position after the removal of excess skin.
During your consultation, Dr. Wiser will evaluate excess skin and fat to help determine whether an extended abdominoplasty is appropriate or only liposuction of the waist area.
Does the tummy tuck procedure leave a scar?
The resultant scar from this procedure is dependent upon the chosen procedure and your body. In the case of a full tummy tuck, a scar will typically result running from hip to hip that is in a shape that can be hidden by clothing. After a full tummy tuck, you may also have a scar near your navel. Because of what is involved with the mini tummy tuck, the resultant scar can be placed lower, near the pubic area. It will not cause a scar on the navel. Undergoing an extended tummy tuck may cause scars around the navel and lower back.
Can a tummy tuck procedure be used as a form of weight loss?
Although a tummy tuck procedure can remove some accumulated fat, and possibly minimize stretch marks, it is essential to realize that this procedure is no substitute for weight loss plan and should not be considered as such.
There are three types of treatments for obesity (excess weight): the most common is a dietary intervention, alone or with the help of a dietitian. The second is with the help of prescription medications, which should be planned by an endocrinologist who specializes in weight loss. These medications typically work by decreasing appetite, reaching satiety with small amounts of food, or both. Other types of drugs work by interfering with fat absorption. The third type of intervention is bariatric surgery. These surgical procedures either restrict the amount of food the stomach can contain or decreases the gut ability to absorb food. For the right patient, bariatric surgery provides the most efficient way to lose a significant amount of weight.
What if I become pregnant after my tummy tuck?
Typically, we recommend performing this procedure after the completion of family planning. However, many women who become pregnant after having an abdominoplasty report satisfactory preservation of the aesthetic outcome after giving birth. There are no medical safety concerns reported for pregnant women with a history of a tummy tuck, or to their child either.