Before tummy tuck: case #1

Before tummy tuck: case #1

 As we age, though our stomach muscles may remain strong, the position of the muscles may change, giving the abdomen an appearance that is less flat than it had earlier in life–moreover, as we age, though our stomach muscles may remain strong, the position of the muscles may change, giving the abdomen an appearance that is less flat than it had earlier in life–furthermore, an abdominoplasty, also known as a “tummy tuck,” removes this excess skin and returns the stomach muscles back into proper alignment; liposuction may be used to help further sculpt and refine the shape of the torso. 

After tummy tuck: case #1

After tummy tuck: case #1

Before tummy tuck: case #2

Before tummy tuck: case #2

A traditional abdominoplasty is performed through an incision that is placed low enough to be hidden below what’s called the “bikini line”–that is, well out of sight when clothed.  A second incision is used to free the skin around the belly button.  The belly-button is left in place and the skin around it is pulled downward and tightened.  The belly-button is then brought out through a new hole that is created for it,  leaving a second incision around the belly-button; this incision is typically hidden in the depths of the belly-button and is essentially unnoticeable. 

After tummy tuck: case #2

After tummy tuck: case #2

A mini-abdominoplasty performs any combination of these procedures through an incision that is smaller in size and without the incision around the belly-button.  It is useful for patients with a small to moderate amount of skin excess and either small or large amounts of excess fat and is often used to fix ridges and overhangs that are left after c-section procedures.

While healing, patients wear an abdominal binder or a special garment.  They are encouraged to walk actively each day, but with a bend at the waist for the first few days until the tightened skin and muscles relax over the course of the first week.  Exercise is limited for the first 2-6 weeks, depending on whether or not the abdominal muscles require tightening, but normal activities can be resumed as the patient feels comfortable to do so.