A Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty) removes excess skin and fat from the abdominal area to give a firmer stomach and tighter waist. After childbirth, the lower abdomen has been stretched and excess fat can accumulate in this area which is difficult to “work off” despite adequate and aggressive exercise.
The muscles of the abdomen are also affected and split, causing a “pot belly” appearance. There are three different options for tummy tuck depending on your particular problem.
Since there are variations in body shapes, Dr. Izquierdo will tailor your procedure for the best result with the least down time and surgery.
During your consultation, Dr. Izquierdo will discuss all your options based on his examination. Since there are variations in body shapes, my goal is to tailor your procedure for the best result with the least down time and surgery.
A standard tummy tuck involves removing the extra skin and fat of the abdominal wall between the pubic area and the navel. The belly button is left in place and the rest of the skin on the abdominal wall above the level of the belly button is pulled down to the pubic area. The original navel is brought out through a new incision made in the skin. The final scar is placed in the “bikini line” in the lower abdomen above the pubic hairline. Any weakness or splitting of the abdominal muscles is repaired.
A mini tummy tuck is performed when there is excess skin only in the lower abdomen below the navel. The umbilicus is not affected. Like the standard tummy tucks, any spreading of the abdominal muscles, if present, is repaired. The scar from a mini tummy tuck may be shorter than that of a standard tummy tuck.
A “modified abdominoplasty” is often used in those cases where the laxity of the skin will not allow a full tummy tuck, and a mini abdominoplasty will not address all the the problem areas including those above the navel. In this procedure, the umbilicus is physically moved lower on your abdomen by approximately one inch without a scar around it. This allows for adequate tightening of the skin.
Extended tummy tucks are usually required after massive weight loss. It involves removal of excess skin and fat from the abdomen and circumferentially around the lower back. It will leave a scar around the umbilicus and a long curved scar on the abdomen above the pubic area, and around the lower back. This procedure will help elevate and tighten a portion of the upper thighs and the buttocks.
Recovery from abdominoplasty usually requires 10-14 days, depending on your specific procedure. You will be placed in an abdominoplasty binder to compress the operated area. Your drains will be removed when appropriate, usually in 3-7 days.
You may start light activities at around 10 days after your surgery. Any vigorous activity should be avoided for at least six weeks.
Complications are rare, but can include infection, hematoma, delayed wound healing and scarring, numbness, leg vein thrombosis or embolism.