What is an abdominoplasty?
Tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is an operation done to flatten the tummy. There are two main components:
- Removal of excess skin – The skin from just above the belly-button (umbilicus) down to the level of the bikini line is removed. The belly-button is left in place, and a new hole is made for it in the skin that is pulled down. This results in a scar at the level of the bikini line stretching from hip to hip, and another scar around the umbilicus itself.
- Realignment of the abdominal muscles – The rectus abdominis muscles travel in two parallel lines down the abdomen. These are the muscles that form a 6-pack. The space between them is composed of fascia, a tough connective tissue. If the abdominal wall is stretched out, as happens with pregnancy, this fascia stretches and allows the two muscles to move farther apart. The fascia may rebound after pregnancy, allowing the muscles to heal in their anatomic (i.e. normal) position. If it stays stretched, this is called a rectus diastasis (the word diastasis means widening). The second goal of abdominoplasty is to repair this widening. This is done by suturing the two muscles closer together, resulting in a flatter tummy and more defined waistline.
Before and After Photos***
***All patient results may vary, these procedures are for cosmetic purposes only and results are not guaranteed, nor are permanent. All patients are different and in no way will any procedures be alike, nor the recovery period.