Abdominoplasty is designed to firm and smooth the abdomen. This cosmetic procedure, known also as a tummy tuck, removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen and may also tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. The result is a flatter, tighter abdominal profile. Abdominoplasty is best suited for women and men who are in relatively good shape, but have loose abdominal skin and/or a significant amount of abdominal fat that won’t respond to dieting or exercise. You are a good candidate for abdominoplasty if you have excess or loose, sagging skin, an abdomen that protrudes or is out of proportion with the rest of your body, abdominal muscles that have been weakened by pregnancy or aging, or excess fat that is concentrated beneath the abdominal skin. Most patients undergo liposuction of the abdomen in conjunction with abdominoplasty. Short scar abdominoplasty’s are also available. For more information regarding abdominoplasty, please contact our office. We are happy to send you a detailed brochure on the procedure.
In abdominoplasty, an incision is usually made across the pubic area and around the navel. Skin in the shaded area is separated from the abdominal wall.
To tighten the abdominal wall, the surgeon brings loose underlying tissue and muscle together with sutures.
Abdominal skin is drawn downward, and the excess is removed. A small opening is made to bring the navel through.
The postoperative patient shown with resultant scars.