Abdominoplasty’ is the surgical term for the operation carried out to eliminate excess skin and fat from the mid- to lower-abdominal region. This excess tissue is often the result of childbearing or of obesity, which are followed by considerable weight loss; this, in turn, causes stretching or sagging of all the abdominal structures. Diet and exercise alone cannot provide the required correction, since the deformity stems primarily from a structural change.
The cosmetic surgeon may also suggest Liposuction in conjunction with the standard ‘Tummy Tuck’ procedure in appropriate cases to achieve the desired result. However, please note that this is not a procedure designed to remove weight from the obese patient. There is usually little weight lost because of this operation. This procedure re-contours the body and alters the patient’s abdominal shape, thus improving the profile or silhouette. The Tummy Tuck procedure can also help remove stretch marks and scars from the lower part of the abdomen, but a new scar will result. Obviously, with your physical aesthetics as our goal, the scar will be in your natural crease line as far as possible.
Finally, an Abdominal Lipectomy causes a permanent improvement to the shape of the tummy. After this procedure, patients are able to fit into clothes that they could not wear previously, increasing in confidence about their body.