A tummy tuck, technically called abdominoplasty, is performed to correct excess adipose (fat), excess skin, and correct abdominal wall laxity. This procedure is often combined with liposuction to correct other problem areas such as excess fat in the back, hips and thighs that occurs following pregnancies.
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Reasons for Abdominoplasty
Three factors often cause an abdomen to look unattractive:
- Excess abdominal fat
- Excess abdominal skin
- Deformity of the abdominal wall, muscles and connective tissue
Several factors contribute to this:
- Weight gain
- Abdominal surgeries
If the problem is excessive fat, then liposuction can correct this problem. If there is excess skin or abdominal muscle deformity, then an abdominoplasty is required for correction.
The excess skin is excised and the abdominal muscles are tightened from the previous pregnancies. No liposuction was performed in the above patient. Photos are taken 3 months post-operatively.
Often liposuction near Pensacola and Mobile is combined with an abdominoplasty to correct areas of excess fat in the back, hips, and thighs. In the photo to the right, the patient combined liposuction of the hips with the abdominoplasty. Photos are taken 3 months post-operatively.
The excess skin is excised and the abdominal muscles are tightened from the previous pregnancies. Liposuction is used to correct the areas of extra fat in the back and hips. Photos are taken 3 months post-operatively. The scar will typically remain pink for 3 to 6 months. It takes 6 to 12 months for a scar to mature and completely fade to a fine white line. During the first 6 to 12 months, a scar should not be tanned or become sunburned as it will darken or turn purple.
A new technique called an endoscopic abdominoplasty can be utilized to correct muscle deformity and remove the excess fat. This procedure is not used to correct excessive skin. A short incision is made above the pubic area and a fiber optic camera placed for guidance in performing a muscle placation (tightening). The excess fat is removed utilizing liposuction.
An endoscopic abdominoplasty is performed to correct laxity in the muscles only when there is no extra skin. A shorter scar may be used to correct this muscle laxity when there is no extra skin. Note the incision is covered by the photo panties.
Each Destin plastic surgeon at our practice near Mobile, AL and Pensacola, FL is frequently asked to see patients who underwent procedures at other facilities for possible revisions. Most commonly this is due to concerns about the scar. Many times these can be revised and often, significant improvement can be obtained.
This patient presented with concerns about the result of her previous abdominoplasty and underwent a revision here at Destin Plastic Surgery. As you can see in the lower photos, significant improvement in the appearance of the abdomen was obtained with the revision.
Recovery time after abdominoplasty is progressive. Early after the surgery, your activities will be limited. Most of your time is in bed with trips to the restroom and short intervals up in a chair and walking. As each day passes, your activities will increase. At 3 to 5 days, you will most likely be up walking about slowly and carrying out most of your daily activities such as bathing, cooking small meals, and moving about the house. By 4 to 10 days, you should be walking without much limitation, and performing daily activities. During the 2nd and 3rd weeks, your activities should be back to normal with no strenuous exercises planned. At 6 weeks, you can gradually resume your exercising activities.
Dr. William R. Burden, MD, FACS and Dr. L. Scott Ennis, MD, FACS are known for their experience and dedication to staying in the forefront of leading technology in plastic surgery. Drs. Burden and Ennis not only treat many patients from Panama City, Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, Tallahassee, Dothan, Atlanta, and Birmingham but also from around the world. Many people travel from Europe, South America and Asia to Destin to seek out their services.