Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck is a surgical procedure for men and women that aims to abdominal wall reconstruction. For this removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen and muscles are treated to improve the contour. It leaves a scar on the lower abdominal ( pubis) that can go from hip to hip but is done in a way that can be covered with underwear or bathing suit. A positive aspect is that in many cases, some scars and stretch marks below the navel disappear with the skin and fat is removed. Time, pregnancy, dramatic weight loss, or many other factors may have contributed to your inability to achieve the flat tummy you’ve always dreamed about. No matter what the cause, with a tummy tuck performed by Dr. Rodriguez you can finally have the look you desire.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
Abdominoplasty, known more commonly as a "tummy tuck," is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. While a tummy tuck is very effective at producing a flat tummy, it can result in a significant scar, possibly extending from hip to hip.
A complete tummy tuck usually takes two to three hours, depending on the extent of work required by each tummy tuck patient. A mini-tummy tuck may take an hour or two.
Most commonly, the surgeon will make a long incision from hipbone to hipbone, just above the pubic area. A second incision is made to free the navel from surrounding tissue. With a mini-tummy tuck, the incision is much shorter and the navel may not be moved.
Next, the plastic surgeon separates the skin from the abdominal wall all the way up to your ribs and lifts a large skin flap to reveal the vertical muscles in your abdomen. The surgeon then tightens these muscles by pulling them closer together and stitching them into their new position. This provides a firmer abdominal wall and narrows the waistline.
In a mini-tummy tuck, the skin is separated only between the incision line and the navel. This skin flap is stretched down, the excess is removed, and the flap is stitched back into place.