Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Enhancing the cosmetic appearance of the abdomen with a tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck is an exciting solution for those who have felt uncomfortable in, or out, of their clothing. Plastic surgery now offers the opportunity to get rid of unwanted fat, tighten lax abdominal skin, remove stretch marks and regain tone in the abdominal muscles. There are several surgical options available to improve the appearance of the abdominal wall, so a careful assessment of the anatomy is essential to know which form of abdominal surgery will be most effective at achieving the desired results. It is also essential to be evaluated by a surgeon that is skilled in all options so as not to limit the scope of possibilities. Dr. Zimmerman will spend a considerable amount of time during your consultation, reviewing each technique along with the specifics of your anatomy, so the optimal result can be obtained from your abdominoplasty.

Liposuction of the abdomen removes excess fat in the layer between the abdominal muscles and overlying skin. A favorable outcome requires good tone of the overlying skin to retract and re-drape after the fat is removed. There is a period of postoperative swelling which usually requires approximately three months to fully resolve. The incisions are very small and well hidden within the pubic region.

If one has lost the elasticity to the overlying skin from markedly excessive weight, pregnancy, or has notable laxity of the underlying abdominal muscles, then an abdominoplasty is usually the more appropriate procedure. An abdominoplasty enables one to again obtain a flat, taught abdomen by removing excess fat and skin, and tightening the abdominal muscles. The incision required to remove the excess fat and skin is much larger than with liposuction, but can usually be hidden below the bikini line and achieves the most dramatic improvement in the abdominal appearance.

In instances when one has lower abdominal fullness due to excess fat and abdominal muscle laxity limited to below the belly-button, a "mini-abdominoplasty" may be most appropriate. This technique involves removal of a smaller amount of excess skin than with the full abdominoplasty, but also allows for tightening the abdominal muscles below the belly-button, and liposuctioning excess abdominal fat.

Abdominoplasty surgery offers the exciting possibilities of greatly enhancing or restoring ones' physique in a way not usually possible with exercise alone.