Abdominoplasty

Abdominoplasty & Liposuction Tummy Tuck Photos

A protuberant abdomen can be a cause of distress for men and women alike. It can be the result of excess fat, weak abdominal muscles or loose skin that has been over-stretched and no longer responds to diet and exercise.

Patients who feel they are at their ideal weight are the best candidates for a tummy tuck or “abdominoplasty”. Many patients combine their tummy tuck with other cosmetic procedures such as liposuction.

Your Procedure

There are two basic techniques used to flatten a protuberant abdomen.

Liposuction alone can produce a thinner abdomen for some patients with excess fat but firm skin.

However, for those with excessive skin and laxity of their abdominal muscle, a tummy tuck (complete or partial) may be their only solution.

The classical complete tummy tuck done in most places involves an incision around the belly button and another long incision that runs in the lower abdomen. The abdominal skin is lifted and the muscle is tightened with sutures, then the excess skin and fat is removed.

The “Mini-Dissection” Tummy Tuck

The “Mini-Dissection” tummy tuck is the technique performed on our patients using minimal dissection.

This Mini-Dissection technique is often performed under local anesthesia with sedation, and allows you to return home the same day.

Recovery

Most patients return to their normal activities within one to two weeks.

Anesthesia

In general, local anesthesia with sedation is used.

Risks

As for any surgical intervention, complications are possible but not common, such as injection, bleeding, excessive scarring, sensory changes, cutaneous necrosis, asymmetry, numbness, pain, seroma (liquid accumulation), etc.

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