After childbirth, weight loss or weight gain, and with age, the abdomen becomes stretched
out and loses its youthful form. So many women say that no matter what they do at the
gym, the excess skin and fat in their lower abdomen simply won’t go away. A Tummy Tuck
or abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that removes this excess skin. Additionally,
during the procedure, your TOPS plastic surgeon will bring the abdominal muscles that
were separated by pregnancy or weight gain (a condition called rectus diastasis) back
together to help bring back your hourglass figure. These specialized suture techniques
serve as an internal corset to help cinch in your waist and define your curves. In most
cases, liposuction of the abdomen and love handles is performed to accentuate your waist
and maximize your results. This liposculpting technique, as well as internal sculpting
sutures, help to really define your abdomen, creating a sculpted, sexy look. The TOPS
plastic surgeons then resculpt your belly button through a new hole in the skin after
the skin from the top of your abdomen is pulled down.
On some occasions, the TOPS plastic surgeons can perform what is called a mini Tummy
Tuck. This is reserved for women or men who have very limited excess skin and only
require a small amount of skin removal and limited tightening of the abdominal muscles.
Women who are typically the best candidates for mini Tummy Tuck have only a small pooch
overlying their c-section scar.