Other procedures for figure improvement include abdominoplasty (tummy
tuck), breast lift, breast reduction, and--last but not least--cosmetic
breast surgery. Saline implants, which have now replaced silicone gel
implants, are used both to enlarge and to enhance shape. Following
surgery, many of my patients are particularly happy that the tops of
their bathing suits fit as well as the bottoms.
Any of the procedures described in this article can potentially help
to improve physical appearance and enhance self-image. But no matter
what procedure you choose, be sure to do your homework and choose a
qualified, experienced plastic surgeon.
Abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure designed to flatten
the abdomen by removing excess skin and fat, tightening the muscles
of the abdominal wall. Tummy tucks can dramatically reduce the appearance
of a protruding abdomen.
2 to 5 hours. A partial tummy tuck may take 1 to 2 hours.
Patients may experience temporary pain, bruising, swelling, soreness,
or numbness in the abdominal skin for several weeks or several months.
Back to work: 2 to 4 weeks. More strenuous activity: 4 to 6 weeks
or more. Fading and flattening of scars: 3 months to 2 years.
Possible risks may include infection and blood clots, poor healing
with conspicuous scarring or skin loss, and the need for a second operation.
Usually long lasting if the patient follows a balanced diet and regularly
Most commonly, a surgeon will make a long incision across the hipbone
directly above the pubic area, with a second incision following to
free the navel from surrounding tissue. The surgeon will separate the
skin from the abdominal wall up to the ribs, lifting a large skin flap
to reveal the vertical muscles in the abdomen. He or she will eventually
tighten the muscles by pulling them close together and stitching them
into their new position. Some patients qualify for a â€śminimumâ€?
tummy tuck, if most of their fat is carried below their navel. This
is considered a less complex procedure.
Local with sedation