Would you like a flatter abdomen and thinner waist? Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) helps do this by removing excess fat and skin and tightening the stomach muscle fascia layer. (Nothing is done to the actual muscle.) Both are required to achieve the desired result since both the skin and fascia are both always stretched and loose. The best candidates are of normal weight and in good physical condition with localized fat and loose skin that have not responded well to diet and exercise. Abdominoplasty is especially useful if your skin and muscles stretched from pregnancy or weight loss. Ideally, if you are female, you should not plan to have any further children as pregnancy can re-stretch the tissue.
The procedure takes approximately three to four hours (more after massive weight loss), using general anesthesia and can be done as an outpatient or with an overnight hospital stay. Recovery time ranges from two weeks to a month or longer, but, with a balanced diet and regular exercise, results are long lasting and satisfaction is extremely high. Abdominoplasty will leave a permanent scar stretching between the hips, although it should be low enough for even a bikini to conceal it or can be modified for other types of swimwear. We also use buried sutures that do not dissolve for 6-9 months to provide the scar strength while it heals. This usually results in an almost invisible scar once it is completely healed.
Sometimes, by doing more liposuction (a mini-abdominoplasty), you can have a shorter scar if the only excess skin you have is in the lower abdomen (a mini-abdominoplasty). With this procedure, we can also tighten the muscle fascia and thin the waist by using an endoscope (a lighted tube which projects the area under the skin to a TV screen) through a small incision within the umbilicus.