Tummy Tuck : Abdominoplasty
An Abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” is a surgical procedure that removes undesired fat and excess loose skin from the abdomen. This extra skin, fat and weakened muscle may be naturally caused by pregnancy, aging, or weight change, which proves resistant to improved diet, exercise and lifestyle. People with otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging, and resistant to improvement via exercise.
The goal of abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is to restore the shape and tone of the abdomen to create a firmer and smoother body profile.
A tummy tuck is not to be considered as a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program. Tummy tuck operations cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be removed.
The best candidates for an Abdominoplasty procedure are men or women who are in relatively good shape but who are concerned about excess abdominal skin and/or large fat deposits which have proved to be resistant to diet and exercise. In some cases, this may in fact result from the adoption of good habits by a previously overweight individual. In this situation, it is definitely wise to take the time to demonstrate that new habits or proper diet and exercise are permanent. Best candidates for abdominoplasty have plateaued following weight-loss.
The term “tummy tuck” actually applies to a variety of different abdominal procedures which vary in scope and complexity. These procedures include a complete abdominoplasty, partial abdominoplasty, and circumferential abdominoplasty. Not all patients are appropriate candidates for a specific type of abdominoplasty.
Recovery time varies based on the scope of the procedure, but is typically in the range of one to four weeks. It may be necessary to take time off work during the immediate post-surgical recovery period. Full recovery is normally is normally 3 to 6 months in duration. No two abdominoplasty procedures are alike, and achieving artistry in this procedure requires that Dr. Lynch customize the plan to match your unique requirements.
The differences between the procedures are significant, and will be explained in detail during your consultation with Dr. Lynch. Some patients also desire breast surgery in combination with abdominoplasty. This is sometimes referred to as a “mommy makeover”. If you are interested in this approach, Dr. Lynch will fully explain the available options and provide guidance.