Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Patient is 35 years old. Before Abdominoplasty. 6 months after Abdominoplasty. Patient is 35 years old. Before Abdominoplasty. 6 months after Abdominoplasty.
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A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes these methods cannot achieve our goals. Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging. The most common causes of this include pregnancy, aging, significant fluctuations in weight, heredity, and prior surgery.

Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck removes excess fat and skin, and in most cases restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.

A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program. Although the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in your weight. For this reason, individuals who are planning substantial weight loss or women who may be considering future pregnancies may be advised to postpone a tummy tuck. Also, a tummy tuck cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised, generally those treated areas below the belly button. The tradeoff is a low abdominal scar that can extend from hip to hip and a scar around the belly button. Virtually all scars fade and improve with time.

Reverse abdominoplasty

A "reverse" tummy tuck is a procedure in which skin and redundant fatty tissue is removed from the upper abdomen. The scar is across the upper abdomen beneath the breasts. You may be a candidate if you have loose skin/fatty tissue in the upper abdomen that droops above your belly button but you’re otherwise happy with the appearance of your lower abdomen.

Ask Dr. Shinn if you are a candidate for this procedure.

Mini abdominoplasty

A "mini" tummy tuck is a procedure in which some of the redundant lower abdominal skin and fatty tissue (less than with full abdominoplasty) is removed and the underlying muscles are tightened. Usually the lower abdominal scar is shorter and there is no scar around the belly button. Recovery time is usually about the same with both procedures.

Ask Dr. Shinn if you are a candidate for this procedure.