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Tummy Tuck

Also Known As "Abdominoplasty"

An abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is the procedure used to reduce the excess skin and fatty tissue of the abdomen, which frequently occurs after substantial weight loss or pregnancy. Liposuction is often considered along with abdominoplasty to reduce areas of fat accumulation.

The surgeon's choice of the right abdominal procedure, Classic, Modified, or Mini, depends largely on your skin's looseness around the abdomen, localized fat, and the tone of the abdominal wall. Surgical scars from previous abdominal surgery are also taken into consideration.

Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

The best candidates for abdominoplasty are in good physical condition with pockets of fat or loose skin that haven't responded well to diet and exercise. We can also help older, slightly obese people whose skin has lost some of its elasticity. Abdominoplasty can also be useful for women with stretched skin and muscles following pregnancy. Results from the tummy tuck procedure will likely diminish if women continue to bear children, so we advise patients who plan future pregnancies to delay abdominoplasty.

We also encourage patients who intend to lose a lot of weight to postpone the procedure, since skin in the abdominal area typically loosens after substantial weight loss.

A Recovery after Abdominoplasty

A temporary tube may be inserted to drain excess fluid from the surgical site. Recovery time ranges from two weeks to a few months.

Classic Abdominoplasty

Classic abdominoplasty involves fully lifting the skin and fatty tissue of your abdomen off of the underlying muscles, up to the lower level of the rib cage. In most clients, this is followed by tightening the abdominal wall muscles. The stalk of your belly button (umbilicus) is temporarily released from the skin of the abdomen and will be replaced in the same position once the skin of your abdomen is repositioned after removing the excess tissue.

Mini Tummy Tuck (Partial Abdominoplasty)

Modified or Mini abdominoplasty at Madison Plastic Surgery also involves removal of extra skin in your abdomen. This type of abdominoplasty is more appropriate if your skin excess is not as abundant in patients who undergo classical abdominoplasty. In the Modified or Mini abdominoplasty, an external incision around the belly button can be avoided, provided there is little skin looseness above your belly button. If a small amount of excess skin above your belly button is an issue, a limited lowering of your belly button may be performed.

Technical considerations for both procedures at Madison Plastic Surgery include contour corrections and the minimally visible three incisions being placed as low as possible. The length of the horizontal scar depends on the amount of loose skin that you have. The quality of the scar depends largely on the tension of the closure and your natural ability for wound healing. 

Dr. Hamacher and Dr. Bernsten pay special attention and use meticulous techniques to promote particularly unnoticeable incisions that are pleasing to the patient. In the majority of patients, healing results in fine white lines.

Complications from abdominoplasty are uncommon. Delayed healing is very rare but can be a concern for smokers. A seroma or fluid collection beneath the skin flap is the most commonly reported complication. This is an infrequent problem with Dr. Hamacher and Dr. Bernsten's patients.
Pain is almost always easily controlled with medications. Recovery can be expected to be relatively uneventful as long as you are not prone to overexertion.

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