It’s quite common for people to begin to carry a bit of extra weight around the midsection as they age. Even those of us who are proactive about maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be susceptible to extra skin and fat around the abdomen. This is because there are several factors that can contribute to this unpleasant abdominal appearance including dramatic weight fluctuation, pregnancy, or natural stretching of the skin that can occur over time. These changes can lead to excess skin on the belly that causes the appearance of a belly “pooch”. The abdominal muscles can also become damaged and separated over time.
For patients who desire a flatter, more-toned abdomen, I typically recommend a tummy tuck. Despite the fact that tummy tucks are among the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures today, there is still a lot of information in terms of how a tummy tuck is performed that patients do not understand. Since I often hear from patients who want to know exactly what happens during a tummy tuck surgery, I have decided to explain exactly that. However, the answer ultimately depends on the type of tummy tuck the patient chooses to undergo.
A full tummy tuck is the most common form of tummy tuck surgery. This procedure involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the abdomen, as well as a tightening of the underlying abdominal muscles, to create a more slender, flatter stomach. During a full tummy tuck, I make an incision that extends from one hipbone to the other. I try to make the incision low so that it can be easily concealed under most bathing suits and undergarments. The belly button can also be repositioned. In most cases, I will use my signature Scarpa fascia tummy tuck technique to further enhance the contour of the patient’s waist.
A mini tummy tuck can also be a great option for patients who seek more minor abdominal re-contouring. Unlike the full version, the mini tummy tuck is only designed to address the area below the navel. During a mini tummy tuck, a smaller incision is made and excess skin between the bellybutton and pubic area is removed. Little to no muscle repair is done during a mini tummy tuck.
No matter which variety of tummy tuck method is the best option for your specific needs, I am confident in this procedure’s ability to provide truly outstanding, life-changing aesthetic results for men and women. If you are interested in learning more about tummy tuck surgery and my signature waist contouring technique or you would like to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman. And make sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for additional plasitc surgery tips, videos, news, and more.