Tummy Tuck

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Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) is an aesthetic surgical procedure. Few patients do have a hanging pouch of skin consisting of more skin rather than fat in lower tummy area. This has to be removed directly as this will not be responding to liposuction alone. This procedure involves removing an ellipse of skin from the lower portion of tummy along with or without liposuction..

Individuals with one or more of the following conditions may be benefited from abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck).

  • Excess or sagging abdominal skin (specially after child birth).
  • An abdomen that protrudes and is out of proportion to the rest of your body.
  • Abdominal muscles that have been separated and weakened (specially after child birth).
  • Excess fat that is concentrated in your abdomen.

Generally, a horizontal incision is placed just above the pubic area that extends towards pelvic bones. The length of the incision depends on the amount of skin to be removed. The incision may vary according to the structure of your abdomen and the style of your bathing suit or undergarments. Plastic surgeons try to keep the incision within your bathing suit lines but this may not always be possible.

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Causes of Abdominal Stretching

Contrary to what one often hears, the accumulation of abdominal fat and the loosening of stomach skin are not always caused by overeating. In women, pregnancy often leaves the abdomen looking loose and flabby, as the expanding womb stretches the stomach’s muscle wall and outer skin. Women who have gone through multiple pregnancies are especially prone to experiencing this phenomenon, and in some cases a tummy tuck may be the only way to restore the figure to its original, youthful form.

Of course, massive weight loss can also necessitate a tummy tuck in order to remove the so-called “apron” of skin that remains when the underlying fat mass is gone. In fact, the tummy tuck is a popular component of the body lifts performed in plastic surgery after weight loss. Age can also harm the stomach’s appearance, just as it can any other part of the body, robbing the skin of elasticity and resulting in a saggy and unfit appearance. Genetic factors can leave a person more vulnerable to this gradual degradation as well.

Those interested in a tummy tuck procedure are encouraged to contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Reetesh Purwar. He and his professional staff at the Ageless Impressions Plastic Surgery Institute can help you identify the cause or causes of your condition and design a solution to address it.

Tummy tuck surgery can be performed in more than one way. The best abdominoplasty method for each individual depends on a number of factors, including the volume of fat present, its position, and the condition of the underlying abdominal muscles. In many cases, other procedures may be recommended along with the tummy tuck, such as liposuction or breast augmentation, in order to achieve optimal results. From his years of offering high quality tummy tuck procedures, Dr. Reetesh Purwar has developed the expertise necessary to recommend the ideal procedure for your individual case. Read below to learn a bit about the various options.

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Complete Tummy Tuck

A complete tummy tuck seeks to rework the entire abdominal area by removing excess skin and fat and strengthening the stomach muscles. In the procedure, the cosmetic surgeon will make an incision just above the pubic area from one hip to the other. The navel will be removed from its surrounding skin via another incision. The doctor then separates the stomach skin from the muscles below and uses sutures to tighten and strengthen them. Any fat deposits to be removed are taken out. Next, a new hole is made for the navel, and the skin is pulled tighter and reattached at the bottom. All told, the complete surgery takes two to five hours. When performed simultaneously with work on the thighs or the flanks, the complete tummy tuck is called an extended tummy tuck.

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Partial Tummy Tuck

In some cases, a partial tummy tuck may be preferable to a complete one. It takes less time, produces less scarring, and costs less money. The procedure involves a smaller incision across the lower part of the stomach and leaves the navel in place. The partial tummy tuck becomes feasible when the excess skin and fat are concentrated below the navel.

For either type of tummy tuck, the patient must plan to deal with the aftereffects. Some bruising and discomfort are normal, and healing may take a month or more. At least some of that time will likely need to be taken off from work as your body recovers from the tummy tuck. Dr. Reetesh Purwar ’ office is well equipped and staffed to help you recover in the time immediately following your operation and beyond. If you think you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck, please contact him today to schedule a face-to-face consultation.

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FAQ For Tummy Tuck

Q. When is liposuction sufficient and when is a tummy tuck necessary?
A. The majority of female patients who have excessive abdominal fat find that they are very happy with the results of a simple abdominal liposuction. Several months after having had an abdominal liposuction, the vast majority of women are so happy with their results that they decline a subsequent tummy tuck.

Q. Is the cost of a tummy tuck greater than liposuction?
A. Tummy tucks are approximately twice as expensive as liposuction of the abdomen. The recovery time required before a person can return to work after a tummy tuck is typically two to four times longer than after liposuction of the abdomen.

Q. If liposuction is safer, what are the reasons for doing a tummy tuck?
A. Abdominal liposuction is safer, gives superior cosmetic results, and has a more natural appearance without disfiguring surgical scars. Thus, liposuction has now largely replaced tummy tuck surgery as the preferred technique for improving the silhouette of the abdomen. There is another reason why a surgeon might recommend a tummy tuck. Some surgeons and some patients believe the aesthetics benefits of a maximally flat tummy outweigh the disadvantages of an abnormal appearance of the belly button and the unnatural appearance of the lower abdominal scar. Patients should be aware of this issue when deciding on liposuction or a tummy tuck.

Q. How can one minimize the risk of complications associated with a tummy tuck?
A. When a tummy tuck is indicated, some surgeons believe it is safer to first do a liposuction and then, several months later, do the tummy tuck. Often the patient is so pleased with the initial liposuction that she no longer sees a need for a tummy tuck. Second, if the results of the liposuction are not sufficient, then dividing liposuction and tummy tuck into two separate relatively minor surgical procedures is usually much safer than one major surgery.

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For exceptional tummy tuck surgery, contact today. Patients come from throughout the world to have Dr. Reetesh Purwar perform abdominoplasty and other plastic surgery procedures on them. Please feel free also to ask us any questions you may have about other procedures you do not see discussed on this site, or visit our video gallery to learn more about the Dr. Reetesh Purwar ’ approach to tummy tuck.