For women and men who have loose abdominal skin and fat concentrated in the abdominal area, a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is the popular cosmetic body procedure that can transform how you look and feel.
Standard Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
This standard procedure is appropriate for the majority of female clients. It removes flaccid abdominal skin and tightens muscles that have been separated and weakened by pregnancy or weight gain. This procedure is particularly effective in women who are finished having children.
Liposuction may be performed at the same time to create a desired contour, although this is up to discretion of each surgeon and patient.
For a small number of patients who visit Charlotte Plastic Surgery with specific concerns and needs, alternative forms of abdominoplasty are available:
Partial Abdominoplasty (Mini Tummy Tuck)
This technique, involving only a short horizontal incision, is used when the amount of loose skin is minimal and the excess fat deposits are located below the navel.
For patients with muscle laxity and only a mild degree of excess fat, the procedure helps minimize scars.
This procedure is most commonly performed on a client who has lost a great deal of weight and fat (perhaps after gastric bypass surgery) and now has loose overhanging skin all around the body. In order to create a desired contour, the surgical scar will extend all around the waistline, lifting the outer thigh and buttock and creating a smoother silhouette. In addition, muscles are tightened when necessary.