Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a procedure that surgically slims and reshapes the abdomen. Areas treated may include the center of the abdomen or may extend to the entire area between the lower rib cage and pubic bone, as well as to thesides and back.
An Abdominoplasty Can Correct
- A loose or sagging abdomen
- Post-pregnancy abdominal abnormalities, including stretch marks
- Abdominal protrusions caused by weight fluctuations
- Diastasis—weakened or separated abdominal muscles
- Are an adult of any age close to your ideal weight for your body type and size
- Are moderately fit and have good muscle tone
- Are healthy and do not have a life-threatening illness or medical condition that would impair healing
- Don’t smoke
- Have a positive outlook and specific goals in mind
Full Tummy Tuck - A horizontal incision is made in the area between the pubic hairline and navel. The shape and length of the incision will be determined by the degree of correction necessary. Through the incision weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and excess fat, tissue and skin are removed. Four secondary incisions around the navel are necessary to allow the removal of excess skin from the upper abdomen.
Mini Tummy Tuck - When the abdominal correction is isolated to below the navel, a shorter incision is made at the pubic bone. Liposuction may be performed with a mini tummy tuck where excess fat is the only factor.