A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. Stretched beyond the capacity to return to normal, abdominal tissues don't always respond to various exercise and diet programs. In such cases, a tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, may provide a highly effective, immediate solution in the treatment of stubborn abdominal areas.
A tummy tuck, helps shape and flatten the abdomen and waist. This surgical procedure removes excess fat and skin while tightening the muscles underneath. An abdominoplasty may be considered when the muscles of the abdomen are no longer taut due to pregnancy, weight loss, weight gain or aging resulting in a protruding stomach. Dr. Agha may choose to perform a tummy tuck along with other related surgeries such as liposuction for a more desired outcome.
If your excess skin and fat is confined to the lowwr abdomen, then a mini tummy tuck may be the best procedure to tighten up that area. The incision is smaller and the muscle tightening and liposuction combo is less aggressive than a full tummy tuck. Also, there is no incision around the navel in a mini tummy tuck surgery, leaving the navel intact. A mini tummy tuck can be done as an outpatient procedure.
A full tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that removes excess abdominal skin and fat from the lower abdomen and tightens the underlying muscles of the abdominal wall through an abdominal incision. As an added benefit of the tummy tuck, not only will the abdominal region be firmer and flatter, but the waists will be smaller as well. While the degree of improvement varies significantly depending on the magnitude of the abdominoplasty surgery, other factors contribute to the surgical outcome such as the patient's skin tone, body build, and the individual healing process.
Orange County Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Siamak Agha has created athe High-definition Abdominoplasty ™ technique. The hallmark of this procedure is recreation of the abdominal contour in a three-dimensional manner, including waist concavity, sculpted muscular features, improved thigh smoothness, and low-lying scars that are well-hidden in the smallest bikinis.
An extended tummy tuck (also known as extended abdominoplasty), is essentially a tummy tuck that extends out around the hips. This procedure is ideal for patients that have excess skin laxity beyond their lower abdominal area, affecting the waists. Liposuction of the flanks and love handles is typically combined with this procedure.
At Orange County Plastic Surgery, for selected patients, Dr. Agha combines liposuction with abdominoplasty in the form of the new technique of lipoabdominoplasty. With this technique, not only the excess abdominal tissue is removed, but also the thickness of the abdominal skin fat is reduced. Liposuction is typically performed for the upper abdomen, central abdomen, and flanks in order to thin these areas.
A reverse abdominoplasty, also known as reverse tummy tuck, is performed in order to address upper abdominal laxity that cannot be tightened by a traditional tummy tuck. The reverse tummy tuck incisions are placed within the mammary crease under the breast. This is the same incision that is commonly used for a breast lift. Therefore, many patients that seek to have a reverse tummy tuck will also have a breast lift in order to reduce future surgical procedures.
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Good candidates for a tummy tuck are individuals in good health who are otherwise unhappy with the appearance of their stomach. If diet and exercise have not worked in reducing the loose skin and excess fat around the abdomen, you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck. Women who plan to become pregnant should not have this surgery. Individuals who wish to lose a significant amount of weight should hold off on the surgery.
An abdominoplasty takes about two to five hours to perform. The doctor uses general or local anesthesia, as well as a sedative. The procedure requires an incision across the lower abdomen and around the navel. The doctor may decide to perform liposuction as part of the overall plan in order to remove any excess fat.
Recovery from an abdominoplasty can take place at home. You may spend the first night in an after-care facility so that you can be monitored. Your abdomen may be swollen for a few days but any pain or discomfort can typically be controlled with medication.
Most of the stitches are dissolvable and under the surface of your skin, therefore, the stitches will disappear in a matter of weeks. Any stitches that are on the surface of your skin are removed in five to seven days. Eventually the dressing used for your incision is replaced with a support garment. The doctor provides instruction for showering and changing the surgical dressings.
Partial or complete abdominoplasty usually produces highly desired results in individuals who have excess abdominal skin or weakened abdominal muscles. Regular exercise and a proper diet help patients enjoy a long-lasting outcome for years.