Weight loss, pregnancy, and the very process of aging all change the body in significant ways. On some level, we can feel pride in accomplishments such as losing a substantial amount of weight or carrying a child. On another level, there is a very real potential for dissatisfaction; not in the experience we have had, but in the way, the body looks. If you have witnessed changes in your body that have left you with loose, sagging skin and tissue around the midsection, you may need more help than what is available with diet and exercise – you may need to explore the benefits of abdominoplasty.
The objective of abdominoplasty is very clear: to tighten loose tissue across the midsection. Many men and women have improved their sense of satisfaction with their body by removing excess skin and tightening core muscles. Ultimately, abdominoplasty can create the ideal silhouette for your frame.
The Intricacies of a Common Procedure
While every abdominoplasty is performed with a common goal, the path to that goal will differ from one person to another. One could not put the tummy tuck into a “cookie-cutter” category of plastic surgery (as if any cosmetic procedure really could be). If you consult with us regarding a tummy tuck, our starting point would be to ascertain your needs. We discuss medical history, current health status, and plans for pregnancy and weight management. These are all factors that affect the outcome of abdominoplasty, so they are important topics of discussion. This conversation, along with a physical assessment, enables us to determine the extent of abdominoplasty you may need.
Not every person needs a full tummy tuck. In many cases, a mini-tuck is sufficient to achieve the desired outcome. A mini tummy tuck requires a small, C-section type incision above the pubic area. Through this incision, the tissue across the lower abdomen can be precisely tightened. Excess skin may also be removed.
The classic tummy tuck tightens skin from the lower abdomen to the area above the belly button. As a part of this procedure, the navel may be repositioned.
There is also an extended tummy tuck, which addressed looseness in the abdominal cavity, as well as the sides, spanning around toward the back.
We are fortunate to have options to address cosmetic concerns such as loose skin, excess fat, and just about anything else we may encounter. To learn how the team at Williamsburg Plastic Surgery can help you feel your best, call (757) 345-2275.