Advanced Art of Cosmetic Surgery Thomas M. DeWire, Sr., MD, FACS Specializing in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Richmond, Virginia, USA
|Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck|
|Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck:|
|Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck is a Cosmetic Plastic Surgery procedure to remove excess fat and skin from the lower abdomen after pregnancy or significant weight loss. This procedure can also be used to remove significant amounts of lower abdominal fat, and to thin the upper abdominal fat by elevating and redistributing it. Stretch marks below the level of the belly button are removed along with full thickness skin and fat down to the abdominal muscles. The abdominal muscles are sewn tightly together in the midline to flatten and strengthen the abdominal wall and accent the waist line before sharing the remaining upper abdominal skin to resurface the entire abdomen. The belly button is saved and brought through the remaining skin at the appropriate level, recontouring the abdomen in exchange for a low abdominal scar which will hide in underwear or a bathing suit , and will fade with time. This surgery requires placement of temporary silicone drains to prevent fluid accumulation under the skin post-op, and is performed in my ambulatory surgery center as an outpatient under general anesthesia. Down-time is about 7-10 days for light work, and 4-6 weeks before full exercise can be resumed. Abdominal Liposuction is not advisable at the time of full Abdominoplasty, but other areas such as the hips and thighs can safely be treated at the same time. Breast implants or mastopexy with implants and/or liposuction are also often done at the same time as the Mommy Makeover procedure. Representative patient photos are shown below. Mini Tummy Tuck with Liposuction for lesser deformity is discussed on a separate page. ( link below) A Tummy Tuck Data sheet is found here: Abdominoplasty Data Sheet|
Photos Before and After Tummy Tuck Surgery:
|Case 1: A 44 year old woman with excess stomach skin & fat after pregnancies, has traveled from south central VA for surgery. She is near ideal body weight/BMI||Before &
8 week After photos of this patient show the result of the Tummy Tuck.
Her scar is red at this point, but will fade and flatten with time.
|Case 2: A 52 year old woman with excess stomach skin & fat after pregnancies, and at 170 lbs.||Before &
5 month After photos of this patient show the result of the Tummy Tuck. Later she had Tumescent Liposuction of the hips and thighs which are seen
on the Liposuction pages.
See Liposuction links below
|Case 3: A 25 year old woman with excess stomach skin & fat after pregnancies. Many stretchmarks will be removed at surgery as well.||Before &
3 month After photos of this patient show the result of the Tummy Tuck. Scars will fade with time, and in fact she has barely
visible scars on the breasts where she had an augmentation
with a vertical scar mastopexy done 3 yrs
|Abdominoplasty Data Sheet Link|
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