Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
An abdominoplasty, is an operation that is designed to reshape the entire abdomen. Unlike liposuction or liposculpture which only works on fat, the modern abdominoplasty removes excess skin, fat and tightens any loose musculature. Tightening the abdominal wall also narrows the waistline. Tightening loose muscles of the abdomen is the only way to create a flatter tummy and waistline post-pregnancy if the abdominal muscles have separated. The level of abdominal wall separation can be gauged by ultrasound examination prior to any surgery.
There are essentially two type of abdominoplasties. A full abdominoplasty involves a full redraping of the abdominal skin as well as tightening of the entire abdominal wall musculature and waistline with the umbilicus (belly-button) being reshaped and moved into a more desirable location. A limited abdominoplasty is a smaller procedure which principally concentrates on tightening and reshaping the lower abdomen. It has a much quicker recovery period. Liposuction/liposculpture is an integral part of both types of abdominoplasty and is used to redrape the skin of the abdomen more effectively as well as feather out any contour irregularities which are common post pregnancy and weight loss.
- You must be at a stable weight for at least 3 months prior to surgery
- You must be a non-smoker or stopped smoking (and all other nicotine intake) for at least 2-3 months prior and 2-3 months after surgery