Patients with excess skin and or fat in the abdominal area can benefit from surgical contouring procedures of the abdomen which include abdominoplasty (commonly referred to as “tummy tuck”) and body lifting. After these procedures, patients may find they not only feel more comfortable in their clothing, they also have increased confidence in their appearance and an improved body image.
Sometimes the conditions that warrant abdominal contouring are inherited, but oftentimes the skin becomes loose due to significant weight loss, pregnancy or aging in general. Beyond removing the excess fatty tissue, these procedures can also include tightening muscles that have been separated and weakened by pregnancy. Some patients may see an improvement in the appearance of stretch marks following an abdominal contouring, especially stretch marks located below the navel. Liposuction may be used during a tummy tuck procedure to remove excess fat, helping to further smooth and redefine the contours of the abdomen.
In order to provide a balanced body shape, contouring and lifting of the sides and back of the trunk (body lifting) may be considered or combined with abdominoplasty procedures. In some patients, such as those with significant weight loss and subsequent skin and tissue laxity, the lifting and contouring may be extended completely around the waist, sides and back (circumferential body lift). This may benefit the hips, inner and outer thighs, and buttocks.
During the initial consultation, Dr. Barone will discuss with the patient the specific procedure he recommends for achieving realistic results based upon each individual’s personal goals, medical history and pregnancy or weight loss plans. It is possible that scarring from previous abdominal surgery may limit the results of your abdominoplasty, so be certain to share this information with Dr. Barone. Because pregnancy and weight loss are often key factors leading to the desire to undergo a tummy tuck, patients should discuss their plans with Dr. Barone to ensure appropriate expectations and optimize their outcome.