Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck surgery is a cosmetic procedure performed for patients who struggle with excess skin and tissue on the abdominal area. This procedure helps to improve their body image and self-confidence, but has medical uses as well! Tummy tucks may help to improve scars left by previous surgical procedures such as hysterectomies.
What is a Tummy Tuck Procedure?
Patients undergo tummy tuck surgery or abdominoplasty procedures to get rid of stubborn excess skin and tissue and to make their abdomen shapely and firm. The procedure is also performed for patients who have loose and sagging skin after major weight loss or after childbirth. Extra fat and skin are surgically removed and the muscles of the abdominal wall are tightened during the procedure.
Anesthesia is administered to the patient at first. A horizontal incision is made between the belly button and pubic hairline of the patient. Excess skin and tissue are removed from the lower abdomen and weak muscles are repaired. Another incision is made above the belly button and excessive skin and fat are removed. An opening for the belly button is surgically created and the belly button is pulled through the hole and sutured. Drains are placed under the skin to help prevent seromas. The incisions are closed using sutures and/or surgical tape. Patients must wear a binder for four weeks following the procedure.
a) Mini Tummy Tuck is performed for patients with a firm upper abdomen. The procedure is performed to help make their lower abdomen flat and firm.
b) Full Tummy Tuck procedures are performed for patients requiring removal of fat from the lower and upper abdomen. The surgeon may also use liposuction to remove fat on the patient’s flanks.
Mini Tummy Tuck Pros and Cons
- The procedure is short and quick
- The scarring is only above the pubic hairline
- The belly button is left untouched.
- a) The procedure is performed only for patients with excess fat in the lower abdomen.
- b) It does not always enhance the appearance of the patient and the belly button may need to be tightened.
Full Tummy Tuck Pros and Cons
- a) Patients re-gain their self-confidence after full tummy tuck surgery
- b) Some stretch marks are removed during the procedure
- c) The tummy is firm, tight and flat
- d) The patient gets a trim waistline
- a) Full tummy tuck procedures are expensive
- b) There is a lot of scarring
- c) Risky because the procedure is a major surgical procedure
- d) The recovery period is longer
Before deciding to get a tummy tuck surgical procedure performed, you must make sure that the plastic surgeon is an expert with experience in performing tummy tuck procedures and is Board Certified. Dr. Wilfred R Ehrmantraut Jr. MD is a Board-Certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon with wide experience in performing tummy tuck surgical procedures. He consults with patients at the Westlake Medical Center in Prince Frederick, Maryland. He performs procedures at major hospitals and at a Medicare-certified Outpatient Surgical Center.
If you are a good candidate for a mini or full tummy tuck procedure and the procedure is performed by a qualified and experienced Board-Certified surgeon at a fully equipped and certified surgical center, you will not only look beautiful but feel confident about your body image.