If you have experienced transformational weight loss or have been through the experience of pregnancy and motherhood, you may have ended up with persistent loose skin and sagging abdominal muscles that will not go away—even with a healthy diet and exercise!
A tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure that aims to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your abdomen*. This is achieved by first removing excess skin and fat from this area. Then, your stomach muscles are pulled tight around the abdominal cavity to produce a tighter, slimmer midsection*. A tummy tuck is ideal for people who have lost large amounts of weight or those who might otherwise struggle with a stubborn “pouch” of loose, lax skin around the belly area because of significant stretching*. Healthy mothers who do not plan on getting pregnant again are considered among ideal candidates for a tummy tuck*.
Your doctor may recommend a tummy tuck as part of a package or series of procedures designed to achieve a larger aesthetic goal. In the case of women who have been pregnant, a tummy tuck may be paired with a diastasis recti repair operation to suture closed abdominal muscles that have separated. A breast lift, breast reduction or breast augmentation can be added for a comprehensive “mommy makeover” package. Liposuction is often performed before, during or after a tummy tuck to enhance results*. Check out PPSG’s blog to learn more about all of our aesthetic procedures. *results may vary
Extended Abdominoplasty or the “extended tummy tuck” reaches beyond just the front of the body. The extended procedure is for patients who would like to address their sagging belly as well as their lateral flanks (the “love handle” area) and back, which may also need work to appear consistent with the rest of the body’s tight new profile*.
Ideal candidates for the extended procedure have much more loose skin and muscle hanging from their trunk because of large weight loss or pregnancy issues. Age and genetic factors also play a role in the severity of excess skin. Sometimes several pounds of skin and tissue must be removed to achieve the desired result*.
Extended Tummy Tuck Vs. Full Tummy Tuck
PPSG also specializes in a variation on the tummy tuck, a procedure called panniculectomy. Like the classic tummy tuck, a panniculectomy is intended to reshape the contours of the abdominal region beyond the scope of mere diet and exercise*.
Patients who are obese or who have recently undergone transformational weight loss may derive great benefit from a panniculectomy*. A panniculectomy is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. It is a surgery in which the panniculus is removed. The panniculus is a dense curtain of excess subcutaneous fat that can form as a result of obesity. The panniculus may also be composed of loose skin resulting from dramatic weight loss.(1)
Diastasis recti repair is often incorporated into a tummy tuck. The procedure’s aim is to repair the rectus abdominis—muscles in the middle abdomen that can separate during pregnancy or as the result of severe obesity. During your abdominoplasty, your doctor will stitch the muscles back together, like lacing up a new pair of sneakers. Diastasis recti repair will narrow and taper the waist*. In women, the procedure contributes to an “hourglass figure*.” In men, it helps to sculpt the “six-pack” ab muscles*.(2)
The full abdominoplasty begins with a horizontal incision above the pubic area but below where the waistbands on most bathing suits tend to lie. A second, smaller incision encircles the navel to free it from the underlying and surrounding tissue.
A typical tummy tuck is usually performed under general anesthesia. Starting at the horizontal incision, the skin is pulled upward, revealing the stomach muscles. Your surgeon will pull the stomach muscles tight with a series of sutures.
Then, like pulling down a curtain, the skin is drawn tight back over the abdominal area. Excess skin and fat tissue are removed.(3) Next, your doctor makes a small circular incision for your belly button. This will be its new home. The lower incision is stitched closed. Finally, bandages are applied.
What Are The Benefits Of A Tummy?
You have done all the hard work already. You lost a significant amount of weight. Or, you have given birth to children. (Or both!) But the sagging skin and loose muscle left behind is unaffected by diet or exercise. Let the skilled, compassionate professionals at PPSG help you complete the last, most satisfying part of your transformation journey*. Dr. Edward Miranda is one of San Francisco’s top plastic surgeons. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.Schedule a Consultation
Abdominoplasty can produce dramatic, even life-changing results*. Plan on one to two weeks of downtime immediately following the surgery. Recovering patients are very often required to wear a compression garment to reduce swelling and to encourage safe healing. The stitches will be removed within the first two weeks. It is recommended that you avoid standing up straight during this time.
Pain, tightness and bruising of the affected area are common and to be expected*. You will require the assistance of a friend or loved one during the initial recovery as your range of motion will be limited*. Emotional support is important, too. Choose a “recovery buddy” with whom you have a close, comfortable relationship and make sure they’re available to assist you while you get better.
Your recovery buddy can help motivate you to stand up and move about regularly which will increase circulation and boost healing*. It is important to keep moving to encourage blood flow and promote healing. You will be given personalized aftercare instructions from Dr. Miranda and the staff at PPSG. You will return for follow-up appointments to make sure you are experiencing your ideal recovery*.
Take good care of yourself to minimize scarring and shorten your recovery time. Our compassionate staff and dedicated team of healthcare professionals at PPSG are available to you during the recovery portion of your journey. Dr. Miranda and his team will monitor your recovery progress and help you look forward to your preferred results*. While it may take time to enjoy your final result, remember–a slimmer more confident you awaits*!
A relatively healthy person who is not planning on getting pregnant shortly after the procedure.
Tighter skin and muscles around the abdomen. The procedure targets loose skin and muscles resulting from weight loss, pregnancy, aging or genetic factors.
You should expect one to two weeks of downtime after your surgery.
The mini tummy tuck is a variation on the standard procedure. It produces more targeted results.
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