Pregnancy, aging and weight changes are the most common reasons patients develop a sagging abdominal wall. Though liposuction can often be used to eliminate the bulging of the abdomen, it does little to improve the skin tone. Liposuction alone in a very flabby abdomen can produce excessive amounts of wrinkles. The solution for this is to do an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck. In an abdominoplasty, excess skin is removed, often with a tightening of the abdominal wall. In doing so, the circumference of the abdomen is reduced, stretch marks can be significantly reduced, and a much more youthful appearance can be given to the abdomen.
Abdominalplasties can be done in several different ways. Many abdominalplasties rely on cutting away of excess skin fat from below the belly button. The abdominal wall may be tightened, but the operation is limited to the lower portion of the abdomen. In traditional abdominalplasties, the skin is loosened all the way up to the rib cage and much more skin is removed. The belly-button is left on its own stalk and is left in its original position on the abdominal wall, but it is brought out through a separate opening after the excess skin is removed. Extended abdominalplasties carry the excess skin removal up around the hips and may be continued as a buttock lift as well.
Board Certified Chicago Plastic Surgeon, Dr. David A. Ross of the Liposuction and Cosmetic Surgery Institute offers Tummy Tuck procedures at the Chicago, Oak Brook, Naperville and Arlington Heights, Illinois locations.
There are many different ways to do an abdominoplasty. The operation begins with markings made by Dr. David A. Ross at the time of the procedure. The amount of skin to be removed is determined preoperatively and certain landmarks are drawn on the skin. General anesthesia is recommended for all of these procedures. They are usually performed within two and four hours depending on the complexity of the operation. Drains are utilized to remove any excess fluid that builds up following the operation. These are usually removed within one week. Depending on the complexity and extent of the operation, normal activities can be resumed between one and three weeks. Much more extended abdominalplasties will require more convalescence.
A full tummy tuck requires a horizontally-oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairline and navel. The shape and length of the incision will be determined by the degree of correction necessary. Through this incision, weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and sutured and excess fat, tissue and skin is removed. A second incision around the navel may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen.
Other Procedures Performed by Chicago Plastic Surgeon, Dr. David Ross:
Mini abdominoplasty - A Mini Tummy Tuck is an abbreviated version of a full abdominoplasty that is used for more minor lower abdominal skin laxity and results in a smaller scar.
Lipo abdominoplasty - This procedure is a combination of liposuction and a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty).
RISKS AND POTENTIAL COMPLICATIONS
Numbness, skin irregularities and bruising are temporary inconveniences following abdominoplasty. Skin loss and fluid accumulations are very uncommon. Avoiding smoking and aspirin can significantly reduce them. Blood clots within the veins of the legs have also been reported after this operation, but these are also known to be a potential complication following any surgical procedure. Such serious potential complications are very uncommon.
Though the above descriptions of abdominoplasties are accurate, they are incomplete. The best way to determine whether you are a candidate for a tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty), form of tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) and the tummy tuck cost is to schedule a personal consultation with Board Certified Chicago Plastic Surgeon, Dr. David A. Ross at the Liposuction and Cosmetic Surgery Institute located in Chicago, Oak Brook , Naperville or Arlington Heights, Illinois. That way, your specific anatomical requirements and aesthetic desires can be discussed with Chicago Plastic Surgeon, Dr. David A. Ross and a plan can be made for how to improve the appearance of your abdomen.