Abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, is a procedure that can give you a flatter, smoother, more attractive stomach.
During a tummy tuck, extra skin is removed, fatty deposits are thinned out, and abdominal muscles are tightened. Keep reading to learn more about your options and find out if abdominoplasty is right for you.
What types of abdominoplasty are available?
Dr. Trussler offers a variety of abdominoplasty options depending on what is best for each individual patient.
Types of abdominoplasty performed at the practice include:
• Endoscopic abdominoplasty: This technique involves making two very small incisions so that the abdomen can be flattened. The incisions are usually made near a previous C-section scar.
• Mini abdominoplasty: If a patient only has an issue with skin laxity on the lower abdomen, a mini abdominoplasty may be performed. During this procedure extra skin below the belly button is removed and central abdominal muscles are tightened.
• Full abdominoplasty: This procedure involves slightly larger incisions, but addresses the entire abdominal area. Extra skin on the upper and lower section of the abdomen is removed, fatty deposits are addressed, and muscles are tightened. This procedure is often used in conjunction with liposuction to shape the abdomen.
• Extended abdominoplasty: This procedure addresses the abdomen, but it also extends to the outer thighs and buttocks. This can flatten the abdomen, slim the thighs, and lift the buttocks.
Are you a good candidate for abdominoplasty?
Abdominoplasty can give you a slimmer waistline and flatter abdomen, but it is not a weight loss tool. This makes it a good option for people who’re recovering from significant weight loss or a pregnancy. In many cases losing weight or pregnancy can leave someone with excess skin and stubborn fat that won’t go away with diet and exercise.
Most women wait until they are finished having children since pregnancy can reverse the effects of the procedure. Patients who’re recovering from bariatric surgery should be at a stable weight for at least 6 months before the procedure.
If you’re at a healthy, stable weight and you’d like to eliminate excess skin and get a flatter stomach, you may be a good candidate for abdominoplasty.
If you’d like to learn more about this procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Andrew Trussler.