Abdominoplasty / Tummy Tuck surgery
Abdominoplasty or more commonly known as a tummy-tuck is a popular procedure to correct abdominal obesity.
It involves the removal of excessive fat, stretched skin, correction of splayed abdominal muscles, and improving the appearance of the navel. This is especially so after significant weight loss, such as after bariatric surgery. It is also commonly performed for ladies after they have completed their family and would like some assistance in the removal of not just the excess lower abdominal tissue, but also removal of the stretch marks that result from pregnancy and correction of any umbilical herniations. Often, these can’t be resolved through diet and exercise alone, although a healthy diet and regular exercise will greatly improve the aesthetic outcome of any tummy tuck procedure.
It should be noted that this is not a weight loss procedure, but rather to augment or correct the after effects of weight loss, in combination with a healthy diet and a regular exercise regime.
There are various types of abdominoplasty, such as
- The mini-abdominoplasty
- The full abdominoplasty
- Belt lipectomy and lower body/buttock lift.
The most common tummy tuck procedure chosen for post-pregnancy mothers would be the mini-abdominoplasty. This is so termed due to the much shorter scar that is required for a good result. The scar of the tummy tuck is well-hidden where a caesarean scar might be, and would not be much longer. Simple umbilical defects and splaying of the abdominal rectus muscles can also be corrected through this short incision.
Patients who aren’t suitable for a mini-abdominoplasty should undergo a full abdominoplasty, with a longer scar, in order to achieve the best body contours. Lipo-abdominoplasty, with the use of liposuction in combination with the abdominoplasty, is a very useful technique to achieve good results. The harvested fat from the liposuction can also be used to create a buttock lift, also termed a Brazilian Butt Lift.
Post-massive weight loss patients often require a much more extensive procedure, such as a full abdominoplasty or a belt lipectomy, also termed a circumferential abdominoplasty. Again, this can be done in combination with liposuction to achieve excellent results.
The choice between the various types of abdominoplasty is reached depending on the patient’s individual characteristics and needs, and after a detailed discussion with the plastic surgeon.
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