Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, is a procedure that is meant to “flatten” the abdomen. Frequently, it is combined with liposuction to provide contouring and enhance the shape.
Many patients who have an abdominoplasty are ones who are part of the “mommy make-over” group! These are women who, following pregnancies, have lost the original shape of their bellies. Sometimes it is just that their abdominal muscles have spread apart causing their internal organs to press outward. Sometimes, they have “excess” skin and fat that bulges forward, or downward, causing an unwanted look. In any case, the best treatment is usually an abdominoplasty to remove the excess skin, and the bringing together the abdominal muscles to tighten the abdomen.
Done properly, the abdomen should provide an appropriate contouring of the abdomen. Often, liposuction is combined to improve the shape even more.
Abdominoplasty is a safe procedure and frequently is performed in an outpatient setting. For the select group of “mommy make-over” patients, breast enhancement is also combined. This means a breast lift (“mastopexy”), or breast augmentation or breast implants, to provide fullness to the breast that is also lost following pregnancy.
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