Remove Excess, Loose and Sagging Skin
What is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is the surgical process by which the separated abdominal muscles can be repaired, excess skin can be removed, and regional fat can be reduced, resulting in a firmer, flatter, more youthful, and more beautiful midsection contour.
Some patients may have relatively little excess skin and fat that may not be adequately treated by liposuction alone. In these cases, a “Mini” abdominoplasty may be a good option. In this procedure, less skin and fat are removed, and less dissection is performed.
For those patients with a significant amount of skin and fat, a full abdominoplasty is needed. This operation also facilitates tightening of the abdominal muscles.
Liposuction is usually performed as a standard part of all abdominoplasties and this is termed a “lipo-abdominoplasty”
Options included with a tummy tuck will be liposuction of the flanks, hips, thighs and lower back. We consider body contouring as being a 360 degree improvement in shape and the term “ 360-degree liposuction” is often used and is what we will apply to all of our cases as needed so that our patient looks their best from the front, and back as well as form the side.
The exact procedure for each individual is determined only after a full examination and consultation is completed.
Over time, the body gradually stops producing collagen and elastin. As this happens, the skin loses its elastic quality, causing it to sag. Major weight loss and pregnancy can compound this problem. Often, once the skin is greatly stretched, it cannot return to a smaller size or shape, no matter how frequently an individual exercises or follows a healthy diet. In addition, pregnancy can cause a woman’s abdominal muscles to become separated or severely weakened so some women cannot tone their midsection, despite all their efforts.
Thankfully, Contour Surgical performs abdominoplasty, or “tummy tuck” surgery to address sagging abdominal skin, separated abdominal muscles and stubborn fat throughout the midsection.