Abdominal contouring, also known as tummy tuck surgery, can take a number of forms and each procedure is designed to address the specific needs of the patient. The keys to a successful tummy tuck are going to address three issues; excess fat deposits, the abdominal muscles, and any excess skin. Each procedure will address one or more of these issues and will produce the best tummy tuck result for you.
5 surgical options for a flatter tummy:
Liposuction will remove excess fat deposits and bring that troublesome tummy area back in line with the rest of the body. Remember though, liposuction relies on the skin springing back into place, so is usually more effective in younger patients whose skin has not been stretched.
A smaller abdominoplasty, also known as a mini tummy tuck, addresses the excess skin below the belly button but does not allow tightening of the muscles. The advantage of this type of procedure is a shorter scar.
An Endoscopic abdominoplasty allows both the skin to be tightened as well as muscles. This is often done through a shorter incision, which usually results in a smaller, shorter scar.
A full abdominoplasty will involve all of the skin below the belly button being removed and the muscles tightened. It can be combined with liposuction of the abdomen to achieve the fat removal, and achieves the maximum tightening of the abdominal tissue. The scar is usually quite large and runs from hip to hip.
If weight loss has lead to excess skin extending around the hip then an extension of the abdominoplasty can be used to remove excess skin over the hip to improve the body contour. The scar is simply a longer scar that will extend over the hip.
One of the above will best suit your abdominal contouring needs, what you need next is the advice of a Plastic Surgeon as to which procedure will best meet your needs and deliver your expectation. Book your consultation with Dr Hunt now.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health professional.