Abdominoplasty - Tummy Tuck
Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to contour the abdomen, tighten the muscles  and remove the excess skin. Surgical skin resection, however, is only part of the choices available to correct the protrusion of the abdomen. I evaluate the patient with four components in mind:

  • The skin laxity, quality, texture and elasticity
  • The fat content in the skin and the hips
  • The muscle tone
  • Whether a hernia is present

From this evaluation, I provide recommendations on what is needed to enhance one's appearance. If fat is the main problem and the skin has good elasticity, liposuction alone is recommended. A combination of liposuction of some areas with skin resection in the lower abdomen may be the best choice for other patients. At times, a full abdominoplasty is required.

A full spectrum abdominoplasty addresses the excess skin and the weakened muscles. An incision is made in the pubic area, the skin is separated from the abdominal muscles up to the lower rib cage leaving the umbilicus attached to the muscles. The muscles are tightened narrowing the waist and correcting the bulge. Next, the skin is pulled down and the excess removed. A new opening for the umbilicus is made at its normal anatomic position.

General anesthesia is needed and the procedure is usually done as an outpatient with no hospital stay.

This is a very rewarding procedure because it results in a totally new figure. 

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