What is a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?
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.