Technically called “abdominoplasty,” tummy tuck surgery is a cosmetic procedure designed to dramatically improve a person’s appearance by reducing a protruding abdomen. A tummy tuck entails the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and/or lower abdomen, as well as tightening of the muscles in this area.
During the initial consultation with Dr. Grazer, your body will be assessed, and he will determine if abdominoplasty is right for you. Typically, the best candidates for this procedure are those who have:
- Excess or sagging abdominal skin
- An abdomen that protrudes and is out of proportion to the rest of your body
- Abdominal muscles that have been separated and weakened
- Excess fatty tissue that is concentrated in your abdomen
- Massive weight loss with loose skin
Tummy tuck surgery can effectively reshape the bodies of both men and women by attaining a flatter, firmer stomach. Patients may also choose to have liposuction with abdominoplasty to further refine the result. Both procedures can also help a woman return to her pre-child birth figure. (To learn how tummy tuck surgery, liposuction and other procedures can help mothers improve their appearance, visit “Mommy Makeover” procedure). Dr. Grazer’s father, Frederick M. Grazer, M.D., popularized tummy tucks in the 1970s and contributed to the safety of the procedure and many of the modern body contouring techniques.
The specific technique used for your tummy tuck surgery will depend on your body condition and Dr. Grazer’s recommendations. A mini tummy tuck targets the lower abdomen (below the belly button), while a full tummy tuck treats both the lower and upper abdomen. The length of time in surgery will vary, depending on the extent of the surgery and which technique is used. Typically, it will take between two and five hours to perform an abdominoplasty. You should be able to return to work within two weeks following the procedure.
Generally, a horizontal incision will be placed in the pubic region, extending laterally toward the pelvic bones (the length of the incision depending on the amount of skin to be removed). The exact placement of the incision will vary on each person, since it will be tailored to the structure of that patient’s abdomen and the type of bathing suits or lingerie she wears. Dr. Grazer will do his utmost to conceal the scarring.
Diet and exercise are always recommended before plastic surgery. However, loose abdominal skin and separated muscles are often not improved with exercise alone. Just as liposuction is used to enhance the body only after the natural methods of weight loss fail, the same rule applies for tummy tuck surgery. In the case of abdominoplasty, women who are still planning to have more children should not undergo a tummy tuck until childbearing is complete. The reason for this is that pregnancy could reverse the results, and the midsection may lose its newly enhanced, svelte appearance.
To learn if a tummy tuck is right for you, please call (949) 644-1240 or complete our contact form to request an appointment with Dr. Grazer.