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Keynotes on Abdominoplasty, aka Tummy Tuck

To help clarify some of the confusion that exists about abdominoplasty with other procedures (particularly liposuction), I wanted to go over the main points of this procedures because it is an very powerful procedure that can get you exceptional results over simple liposuction–if you are the right candidate.

Who is the right type of candidate for a ‘Tummy Tuck’?

  • An otherwise healthy person, who is not looking to lose more weight, but to contour their body to achieve a more shapely figure
  • A person who has lost a great deal of weight but finds themselves with extra skin they can’t remove
  • A person who finds it difficult to lose those few extra pounds around the hips and thighs through diet and exercise
  • A person who has had children and has an ‘abdominal pooch’ that does not respond to diet and exercise
  • A person has recently undergone a weight loss procedure, who has lost a lot of weight, but now has plateaued with their weight loss, finds themselves with excess and unsightly skin. 

If you fit these criteria, then an abdominoplasty might just be the right procedure for you. But what is it exactly? What does it actually do over liposuction that makes it better than liposuction for me? These are excellent questions. Here is the answer:

Keypoints of Abdominoplasty

  • It is a surgical procedure that removes not only fat, but skin as well, which helps tighten skin and removed hanging skin that will not go away no matter how much diet and exercise you engage in. 
  • The skin is not only removed, but rotated to provide a more shapely body contour (ie ‘The Hourglass Figure’)
  • The abdominal wall is surgically tightened, to flatten the tummy
  • Liposuction is added to removed excess pockets of fat tissue and enhance the aesthetic result
  • Liposuction alone can not remove skin, tighten the skin, move the skin, and tighten the abdominal wall muscles. 

Other points that should be mentioned are as follows: Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that takes about 3-4 hours to perform. It  is performed under general anesthesia, and is almost always done as an outpatient procedure. When a breast augmentation is breast lift is added, this is called a ‘Mommy Make-over’ as it is popular among mothers who have had children, and would like to look better. Abdominoplasties should not be done in people who are planning future pregancies or are otherwise, physically unfit to undergo the procedure.

As a board certified Plastic Surgeon practicing in Chicago, having done many abdominoplasties, I can provide not only abdominoplasties to patients but liposuction, mini-tummy tucks, as well as many other body contouring procedures to help you look and feel your very best.

  • A ‘Mommy Make-over’ includes abdominoplasty with breast surgery. It is a highly popular procedure, and can be done safely and effectively at the same time, saving patients the time and cost of two separate surgeries and two separate recoveries. 

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