Sought out by patients who have gone through pregnancy or major weight loss, abdominoplasty or the “tummy tuck” is among the most common procedures performed by a Plastic Surgeon. Used to remove excess skin in the upper and lower abdomen, the tummy tuck can greatly improve the overall shape and contour of the body.
Once the skin is released from the abdominal wall, the abdominal muscles are tightened via sutures in order to correct diastasis recti, the separation of the abdominal muscles which can occur during pregnancy. Diastasis recti is common among pregnant women and occurs due to the enormous pressure on the muscles of the abdomen during pregnancy.
The excess skin and subcutaneous fat are then cut away, the remaining skin pulled down and stapled. A new incision is made and the navel is pulled through and reattached.
Tummy tuck candidates know the surgery is not a weight loss procedure. Patients in the process of losing weight should wait to reach their goal weight, and maintain their weight for a minimum of three months prior to surgery.
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Last updated: Dec 16, 2017 9:52 pm