Sometimes after multiple pregnancies or large weight loss, abdominal muscles weaken, and skin in the area becomes flaccid. Abdominoplasty can tighten the abdominal muscles. In men and women who have fat that is concentrated in the abdomen, the procedure will remove excess skin and fat. Sometimes, Abdominoplasty may be combined with liposuction, a procedure to reduce areas of fat accumulation, to achieve the best result. In some instances, when skin laxity and muscle weakness are limited to the area below the navel, a modified or mini-Abdominoplasty may be recommended. If there is a considerable amount of skin an extended abdominoplasty procedure may be recommended. To smooth out the abdomen, we work through a low abdominal incision that spans the hips. Because sagging skin will be pulled down over the abdomen before it is removed, it is necessary to release the navel from its surrounding skin
and bring it out through a new skin opening. Resulting scars across the pubic area and around the navel are permanent but flatten and lighten in color over time. Following Abdominoplasty, you will be advised to wear a light support garment for two to three months and avoid strenuous activity for a few weeks.
Abdominoplasty is best suited to women and men who are in relatively good shape, but have loose abdominal skin and/or a significant amount of abdominal fat that won’t respond to dieting or exercise.
You may be a good candidate for Abdominoplasty if you have one or more of the following conditions:
- excess or loose, sagging abdominal skin
- an abdomen that protrudes and is out of proportion to the rest of the body
- abdominal muscles that have been weakened by pregnancy or aging
If you plan to become pregnant or lose a significant amount of weight, you should discuss these plans with your surgeon. Scars from previous abdominal surgeries may limit the results of an Abdominoplasty. However, in some cases, an existing scar can be used for the new incision, as is often the case for women with cesarean section scars. Some women can combine a procedure such as a hysterectomy with an abdominoplasty. Please discuss any plans you may have with your surgeon at the time of your consultation.
A new procedure, known as the Mommy Makeover, is quickly gaining popularity among women longing to restore their bodies back to its pre-pregnancy shape. The most common patient is between 25 and 45 years of age, who has already had one or more children. Body contouring, breast surgery and tummy tucks – alone or in combination- are key components of this new post- pregnancy enhancement. Liposuction and Labiaplasty can also be part of the mix. If the appearance of your genitalia has been affected by pregnancy and if you are self-conscious about it, we can help.