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Los Angeles Tummy Tuck

 

"Tummy Tuck," also known as Abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to remove loose hanging abdominal skin, as well as to tighten weakened abdominal wall muscles. Because diet and exercise cannot fix these problems, over 80,000 American men and women undergo Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty every year, in order to regain their figure and abdominal strength.

Women and men who have a protruding belly, loose hanging abdominal skin and weak abdominal muscles are candidates for a full Tummy Tuck

In most cases, women considering Abdominoplasty should not be considering additional pregnancies, or they may have the need for a second procedure to re-tighten the belly. In many cases, Tummy Tuck does help rid of stretch marks because it removes most of the "stretched out" skin below the navel.

 

Tummy Tuck is major surgery that can be performed only after any chronic health conditions, such as thyroid disease, diabetes; high blood pressure and arthritis have been optimized. Nonetheless, depending on the patient, it can be safely performed simultaneously with procedures such as Breast Lift, Breast Augmentation and Facial Rejuvenation procedures such as Eyelid Surgery.

There are also other trunk lift procedures that are similar to a tummy tuck. For example a Panniculectomy is a type of abdominoplasty where only the redundant abdominal pannis is removed without tightening the abdominal wall.

This is usually reserved for those with extremely large pannis that are too sick to undergo a lengthier procedure such as an abdominoplasty.

 

A body lift is a combination of a tummy tuck in the front and a buttock lift in the back. With this procedure the surgeon makes a circumferential incision around the waist and lifts the entire lower body. A body lift is reserved for those with much redundant and loose abdominal and lower body skin, such as those who have had Gastric Bypass Bariatric surgery. A belt Lipectomy is another version of a body lift where a belt-like section of the trunk skin flap is removed circumferentially.

A thigh lift is procedure designed to lift sagging thighs. A thigh lift mostly lifts only the inner thighs, while the outer thighs and buttocks are lifted with a body lift. An extensive tummy tuck also to some extend lifts the thighs.

Who is a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

Men and women who have loose, hanging skin and weak abdominal muscles with a protruding belly are candidates for a full Tummy Tuck. On the other hand those who have a firm abdomen, but who have redundant lower abdominal skin folds are better served with a Mini-Tummy Tuck, also known as a Mini-Abdominoplasty.

How Is a Tummy Tuck/ Abdominoplasty Performed?

There are several types of Tummy Tuck, or Abdominoplasty, procedures. These differ depending on the extent of the abdominal wall tightening and removal of loose skin and stretch marks.

Unsatisfactory Results – Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty

Although good aesthetic results are expected, there is no guarantee or warranty expressed or implied that these results may be obtained. A person might be disappointed with the results of their surgery, due to asymmetry, unsatisfactory or highly visible surgical scar location, unacceptable visible deformities, bunching and rippling. The skin near the suture lines or at the ends of the incisions (dog ears), may experience poor healing, wound disruption, and loss of sensation. It may not be possible to correct or improve the effects of surgical scars. Additional surgery may be required to improve results.

How Does a Tummy Tuck Differ From Liposuction?

One of the most common dilemmas for patients who are concerned with their abdomen is whether they would be better served with a Tummy Tuck or Liposuction.

While a Tummy Tuck or abdominoplasty is designed to remove loose abdominal skin and to tighten the belly, Liposuction is designed only to remove excess fat. A Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty will not reduce the dress size in a woman of size 14 who has much fat around her abdomen. Likewise, a woman who has lost all her excess weight after pregnancy and is left with loose, hanging abdominal skin will not be able to tighten her abdomen or remove the stretch marks with Liposuction.

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