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The abdominoplasty procedure or tummy tuck is a wonderful surgery that can make a dramatic difference in the contour of the tummy. Sometimes, no matter how hard you work out or diet, you just cannot lose that extra bulge in the midsection. This can be especially true in women who have children because the abdominal muscles are stretched and sometimes separated during pregnancy. Let's look at an example.
Shown here is a patient, who has had two children, and has extra skin in the lower abdomen. Also observe where the midline appears to be separated under the belly button. In the postoperative picture, you can see how the extra skin was removed and the separation of the muscles is repaired, which results in a nice, flat tummy.
1. A full abdominoplasty or tummy tuck, which is the procedure most patients need, is usually performed for someone who has sagging skin and muscle above as well as below the belly button. During the procedure, an incision is made below the level of the bikini line and the skin is lifted. The belly button is reset through a new location in the skin so it basically stays in the same position. Often times, some liposuction is done on the love handle areas to maximally smooth the abdomen.
2. A mini-abdominoplasty (mini tummy tuck) is for patients who have only a tiny amount of extra skin hanging below the belly button. It is a shorter procedure with less recovery, and is often combined with liposuction. However, if the abdominal muscles are separated or the skin sagging is excessive, a full abdominoplasty is needed for the best results.
Full Body Lift - This procedure is often done for a patient who loses a lot of weight, or after gastric bypass surgery. The excess skin is removed from all around the abdomen (front and back), which essentially provides a tummy tuck, buttock lift and outer leg lift all at the same time.
Thigh Lift or Buttock Lift - An incision is made high in the inner thighs in order to remove excess skin and tighten the muscle.
Arm Lift (brachioplasty) The incisions are placed under the arms to allow excess skin to be removed and the muscle tightened to take care of the “jiggly area” under the arms.
Dr. Cuber, Dr. Heller, and Dr. Sewell, who specialize in body contouring surgery, will carefully examine you to determine which procedure is best for you. The surgery is performed in our state-of-the-art surgery center, and patients are discharged to the comfort of their home on the same day.
Postoperatively, there will be some tightness in the surgical area, as well as minor pain and swelling. Dr. Cuber, Dr. Heller, and Dr. Sewell will always be available for questions and to make you feel comfortable after surgery. The recovery is about 10 days, and about three weeks is needed before strenuous activities. Please call the office for a free consultation and our surgeons will be happy to discuss everything with you.