Abdominoplasty is the surgical technique used to remove excess fat and skin from the abdomen. It also addresses the underlying musculature and is often performed with liposuction. Designed well it can also taper sides of your tummy.
After pregnancy, the changes that the abdominal wall has gone through may leave residual loose skin, fat deposits or a weakness in the abdominal muscles that cannot be corrected with however much targeted exercise. Abdominoplasty can solve this frustrating situation.
The procedure ranges from a mini to a full abdominoplasty dependent on your requirements.
For a mini-abdominoplasty, the incision is similar to a Caesarean incision, just above the pubic region. This smaller procedure is useful for treating the lower half of the abdomen. In a full abdominoplasty, the incision extends across the lower abdomen, hidden in the underwear line. Through this incision, all layers of the abdominal wall are addressed. The abdominal musculature is tightened and excess skin and fat are removed with the umbilicus returned to a natural position. I routinely use liposuction to areas particularly below the ribs and in the sides to improve contour, maximise good healing and limit the length of scars. Please refer to our abdominoplasty informational post, should you require further information.