Full Abdominoplasty - Before & After
Abdominoplasty or "Tummy Tuck"
Women and men who have loose abdominal skin and fat that is concentrated in the abdomen can benefit from abdominoplasty. Sometimes these conditions are inherited. In other instances, substantial weight loss may cause abdominal skin to become flaccid. Abdominoplasty also can tighten muscles that have been separated and weakened by pregnancy. The procedure may somewhat improve the appearance of stretch marks, especially those located below the navel.
Individual factors and personal preferences will determine the specific technique selected to smooth and flatten your abdomen.
There are many variations both to the design of the incisions and the technique itself. In some instances, it may be possible to avoid an incision around the navel. When the amount of loose skin is minimal and the excess fat deposits are located below the navel, a short horizontal incision is all that is necessary. This procedure is called a partial, or "mini" abdominoplasty.
Sometimes liposuction may be used alone, or in conjunction with abdominoplasty, to remove abdominal fat. Your plastic surgeon will discuss with you the particular method that he or she recommends for achieving the best result in your particular case.
Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is a body contouring surgical procedure used to remove excess skin and fatty tissue from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. While this procedure is not a surgical treatment for being overweight, it can dramatically improve the contour of the protruding abdomen. Your surgeon will help you determine what is best for you. The incision is usually hidden in the underwear line. The abdominal facia is often relaxed after having children or after significant weight loss, this is tightened with sutures like wearing an internal corset. Liposuction is often used to contour the abdominal wall and blend in the sides. You typically keep your own belly button but it is repositioned and brought up through a new whole in the skin.
A full abdomioplasty usually takes between 2-3 hrs. Surgeons may or may not use drains. The procedure can usually be done as an outpatient and you go home that same day. Bruising is common.
Complications may include anaesthetic problems, bleeding, infection, wound healing problems, irrgularites and contour deformities. Clots in your legs (DVT) and Pulmonary emboli can be life threatening are early mobilization is very important.
Your surgeon will make your abdomen as flat and as tight as they deem safe at the time of the procedure. Tissues relax and soften and at 6-10 months after surgery there may again be some minimal excess.
Abdominoplasty is a common procedure for women after have children and who just can't get ride of a bulge in the lower
abdomen - mommy tummy.
What it does
Abdominoplasty removes loose, excess skin and fat and tightens slack fascia, removing stretch marks and excess skin in the lower abdomen below the belly button.
How it is done
Your surgeon will remove most of the skin and fat between the belly button and pubic hair in a horizontal oval or elliptical shape.
- The fascia overlying the abdominal muscles is tightened with permanent sutures.
- The skin around the belly button is repositioned.
- The belly button is brought out through a small incision and sutured it in its normal position.
- The incision is closed with sutures, which typically run from hip to hip.
- Your scar will be along the natural crease within the bikini line. The length and visibility of the scar varies.
- Liposuction ñ also known as lipoplasty
What it does
Liposuction can improve the contour of your flanks, hips, chest, thighs, neck, upper arms and knees. It is frequently used in conjunction with other plastic surgery procedures following dramatic weight loss. See liposuction for more information.
How it is done
- Your surgeon will make very small incisions in the area where fat will be removed.
- A thin, hollow rod (cannula) is inserted through the incision to create tunnels through the fat.
- Suction forces the fat into the cannula and out a high-vacuum hose.
- After fat removal, the surgeon will apply dressings and most likely put you into a compression garment.
Recovery: Back to work: 2 to 4 weeks.
More strenuous activity: 4 to 6 weeks or more. Fading and flattening of scars: 3 months to 2 years.
In a Minor adbominoplasty the belly button is not usually moved. The procedure concentrates on the lower abdomen with a shorter scar to excise skin and remove a smaller bump. It will usually include liposuction. The risks are similar to a full abdominoplasty but usually less likely.