A common concern for cosmetic surgery patients, and a legitimate one, is that of loose, hanging skin on the front of the abdomen. This issue can easily be eradicated with the use of an abdominoplasty, also called a tummy tuck. The condition of this loose skin can be the result of:
- Significant weight loss
- Aging abdominal skin
A tummy tuck removes the excess, unsightly, sagging skin and abdominal fat to restore a flat contour to the tummy area. When indicated, this surgery can also repair or narrow the gap between the abdominal muscles, which many women experience during pregnancy, giving the tummy an odd “split” appearance. The belly button is moved to a new, natural-appearing location. An abdominoplasty can also benefit those who have not been able to achieve the taut, contoured tummy they want through diet and exercise alone.
A mini-tummy tuck, is for people have only has loose skin present in the lower portion of the abdomen. This procedure requires less surgical intervention, and typically does not require addressing the belly button. In either this or a more traditional scenario, an initial consultation will help you and your surgeon decide which procedure is best for your needs.
After the Abdominoplasty
After the surgery, patients can expect a life and body they’re more comfortable with. Aesthetically, the visibility of the surgery scars is minimal. The resulting abdominoplasty scar, for example, can be low enough on the abdomen to be hidden well. A tummy tuck alone, or sometimes in conjunction with liposuction, can help patients to achieve that hour-glass, bikini-ready figure they’ve been longing for.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I be concerned about the tummy tuck scar?
The scar from an abdominoplasty is designed to hide well in the bikini line. Once the surgical wound has healed, we advise patients to apply silicone gel to the scar twice daily for 3 months to improve the scar color and prevent it from thickening.
Will abdominoplasty fix my umbilical hernia?
Abdominoplasty surgery can help to fix small umbilical hernias. This is accomplished by repairing the widening of your abdominal muscle covering (fascia), which is often caused by carrying multiple pregnancies.
What is a "mini tummy tuck?"
Mini tummy tuck surgery is ideal for people who have loose skin present only in the lower portion of the abdomen. This requires less surgical intervention, and often does not require changing the location of the belly button.
How hard is the recovery process after abdominoplasty?
Abdominoplasty surgery involves tightening your stomach muscles and skin, so your stomach will feel tight for a few weeks. During the first two weeks, we ask our patients to refrain from any lifting greater than five pounds and to avoid straining. This will give your body the chance to heal and minimize the chance that you might displace one of the tightening sutures.
If I have a tummy tuck and then have another pregnancy, will I need another abdominoplasty?
This answer to this question is impossible to predict. Some women’s bodies just bounce back after pregnancy while others are less fortunate. Having another pregnancy that will stretch your abdominal muscles and skin again does carry with it the risk of a need to repeat the abdominoplasty procedure. For this reason, we advise women to consider whether they are planning to have more children before going through with an abdominoplasty procedure.
Will abdominoplasty get rid of my stretch marks?
Yes, abdominoplasty can be effective in getting rid of stretch marks, but only those that have appeared in the lower portion of the abdomen, below the belly button. It will not necessarily reduce the appearance of remaining stretch marks, but the excess skin removed during an abdominoplasty is often the skin that has been most affected by stretch marks. This method for removing stretch marks is tried and true!
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A Miami Area Cosmetic Surgeon You Can Trust
If you are tired of sagging stomach skin making you feel less confident and happy about your body, or you feel it is a barrier to your love life, or the condition of your tummy is preventing you from wearing a swimming suit, it may be time to talk to a board-certified plastic surgeon about whether you’re a candidate for tummy tuck surgery. Dr. White is proud to offer the most advanced cosmetic procedures in a warm, caring environment at our boutique practice in Miami. Surgical treatments are no substitute for a healthy diet and regular exercise, but we understand that lifestyle changes are not always enough to achieve the results you’re looking for. Contact us to set up your initial consultation in a compassionate, comfortable setting.
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