The appearance of the midsection plays a significant role in a person’s overall figure. The stomach is centrally located and tends to store extra fat as a person ages. This area is especially prone to stretch marks, the separation of muscles, and stubborn adipose tissue deposits.
Problematic tummy areas affect both women and men for different reasons. Women who have been pregnant with children experience an extreme stretching of tissues in this area to accommodate the growing baby. Mothers who have been pregnant with multiples (like twins or triplets), as well as women who have been pregnant numerous times, are especially susceptible to the abdominal changes associated with childbearing.
Men are affected by expanding waistlines as they age. In fact, this is where most men tend to store extra weight. The body’s metabolism naturally slows as we age, and life commitments can infringe upon time spent in the gym. Both genders may experience rapid weight loss, which can result in a flabby stomach in need of cosmetic surgical repair. Tummy tuck surgery performed by Doctors Plastic Surgery can restore a youthful appearance to the midsection.
Why Undergo a Tummy Tuck?
While healthy living can tone certain areas of the body and lower the body mass index, it cannot address loose skin. Once the skin has been stretched to its maximum extent, surgical intervention is required to restore the area. The tummy tuck reforms the abdomen from the inside out by first addressing deeper muscle structures and then removing excess skin.
Many women who choose the tummy tuck are looking to restore their bodies to its pre-baby condition. These cases are often dubbed the “Mommy Makeover” and can be coupled with a breast surgery, such as breast augmentation or breast lift, to transform the areas of the body most affected by pregnancy. Both women and men want to feel more attractive, and a tummy tuck can effectively tighten the abdominal region of the body to create a slimmer, firmer, more appealing midsection.
Extra tissues of the midsection can cause a person to feel social discomfort due to lowered self-esteem, but this condition also has the potential to cause physical discomfort. In weight loss patients, the “apron” of extra skin and fat droops below the natural waistline. The tissue is heavy and especially sensitive to injury because it hangs away from the body. The folds of skin can harbor excess moisture, which may cause yeast infections of the skin, making it prone to other types of infection as well. Clothing is not designed to fit this type of figure, and the waistline of pants can create friction and rubbing against the already compromised skin.
How is the Tummy Tuck Performed?
Abdominoplasty, the technical term for the tummy tuck procedure, involves treatment of the stomach area at the structural level. The doctor creates an incision, which can typically be hidden by a person’s clothing (including underwear and bathing suit bottoms) to gain access to the deeper tissues. Depending on which type of tummy tuck a patient elects to receive, a specific area of the abdomen will be manipulated. A full tummy tuck or abdominoplasty treats the entire abdomen, including the area above the navel, while the partial tummy tuck or abdominoplasty treats the lower section of the abdomen below the navel. Liposuction may also be employed for extra fat removal of the abdomen.
The tissues (skin and fat) are separated from the muscle wall, exposing the abdominal muscles and fascia, which can be surgically altered to create a tighter structure. Loose abdominal muscles will be positioned more closely together and secured by sutures. Extra fat can be excised from below the skin to remove the adipose tissue that has accumulated in this region. The skin of the abdomen is then stretched taught, and extra skin is trimmed away. The suture is closed and the procedure is complete.
Candidates for Tummy Tuck Surgery
Safety is paramount during any cosmetic procedure as these types of surgeries are not necessary for patient health. Tummy tuck is an invasive plastic surgery that should be reserved for patients in good health with excess tissues of the abdomen they seek to eliminate. Tummy tuck surgery is not a substitute for weight loss, and weight loss cannot create the changes that the tummy tuck produces through a surgical procedure. Men and women are good candidates for a tummy tuck if they have outstretched skin and tissues in their stomach region that will not return to its original position. Patients can learn more about how they may benefit from tummy tuck surgery by scheduling a complimentary consultation with one of the surgeons at Doctors Plastic Surgery of New York.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How does Abdominal Liposuction differ from Tummy Tuck?
A liposuction procedure of the abdomen treats only the extra fat that is noticeable in this area. It can smooth uneven texture below the skin but is unable to treat the underlying muscle wall or pull the skin taught. Abdominal liposuction is best suited for a woman who does not have extra skin or the separation of the abdominal wall.
Can Tummy Tuck treat stretch marks?
In many patients, the extra skin to be surgically snipped away contains stretch marks, so some of these lines will be eliminated. Once the remaining skin is stretched to close the long, horizontal incision in the pelvic region, stretch marks become less noticeable.
Can Tummy Tuck be performed following a C-section birth?
Abdominoplasty surgery can be completed after a mother gives birth through a Cesarean section, but she must wait two to three months to undergo the procedure. Due to the use of general anesthesia, new mothers should also be finished breastfeeding.
Will Tummy Tuck surgery address “love handles”?
The flanks are best addressed through liposuction, which can easily be incorporated into a tummy tuck.
Will weight loss affect the results of Abdominoplasty?
The doctors recommend that a patient reach their goal weight – or at least come within 15 to 20 pounds of their ideal size – prior to scheduling the surgery. A more extensive weight loss can create loose skin of the abdomen, even postoperatively. If patients gain weight, an expanding waist line can eventually interfere with muscle tone and the look of a redesigned stomach.
Is the post-surgical scar noticeable?
Most patients are aware that tummy tuck requires a lengthy incision that spans from one hip to the other and remains visible after healing from the procedure is complete. There are a number of ways to minimize the appearance of the mark, including topical ointments and creams and various scar therapies. The scar is only visible when a patient is completely nude. Examples of post-surgery Tummy Tuck are available through Doctors Plastic Surgery Patient Photo Gallery. The photos provide a good representation of the way scars may appear on different skin tones.
About Doctors Plastic Surgery of Long Island City, New York
The board-certified team of plastic surgeons at Doctors Plastic Surgery specializes in restoring and enhancing male and female figures. Their modern techniques and extensive surgical experience provide their large patient base with the best results possible in the field of plastics. Contact the New York office at 718.395.5220. For on-the-go patients, the office provides a convenient Patient Contact Form to submit questions through email.