A tummy tuck, otherwise known as an abdominoplasty, is when excess skin and stretch marks are removed from the lower abdomen and the muscles are tightened. The procedure makes the abdomen flatter and removes skin that has been stretched by having babies or losing weight.
After having several children, many women lose the ability to flatten the lower and mid abdomen. This happens because the connective tissue is stretched and no matter how much working out you do; the connective tissue remains unaffected.
Others gain and lose substantial weight leaving excess skin and sometimes stretch marks. In this case, the skin has lost its ability to contract over the smaller abdomen. To re-gain a youthful tummy, it must be removed.
Still others have had hysterectomies, c-sections, or other pelvic surgery and have an unsightly scar that bulges. This procedure is a great option for all the above problems.
There are two types of this procedure: the full tummy tuck and the mini tummy tuck.
For a full tummy tuck, the incision starts about three inches above the start of the vaginal opening and goes approximately from hip to hip. The skin from the top of this incision to just above the umbilicus is removed and the skin from the upper abdomen is pulled down and sewn. A new opening for the umbilicus is created and the muscles are tightened. Be sure to check our gallery page to see before and after pictures.
The mini tummy tuck is for those that need minimal skin tightened, are wanting to get rid of stretch marks low on the abdomen or need a scar revision and tightening from previous surgery.
Watch the video to hear Dr. Swetnam share how to determine if you are good candidate for a tummy tuck.
If you have ever said, “I would get a tummy tuck if they could do my hysterectomy, gall bladder, or hernia at the same time,” this is your lucky day. In conjunction with the gynecologists, we perform many combined procedure. Hernias and gall bladders are also done in conjunction saving anesthesia and recovery time.
Watch the video to hear Dr. Swetnam explain how combined procedures are performed.
To learn more, read the Tummy Tuck Guide by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery.
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