When diet and exercise fail to achieve the waistline you desire, we offer the expertise of plastic surgeons who have perfected procedures to help you attain a flat, well-toned abdomen. There are variations to the tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) procedure:
Standard tummy tuck
Extended abdominoplasty or Fluer-De-Lis
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What is a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)? What is panniculectomy?
A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty surgery, is a type of abdominal plastic surgery that removes excess fat, skin, and in most cases, can reestablish weakened or separated muscles – creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.
Panniculectomy, which can be performed alone or in combination with tummy tuck surgery, removes any overhanging “apron” of skin and tissue from below the belly button. This excess skin is most typically a result of significant weight loss (100 pounds or more) through diet and exercise.
The hanging skin of the abdomen, called the pannus or “apron” can cause a variety of problems, including the inability to fit comfortably into clothing, difficulty in daily hygiene, yeast infections or cysts in the folds of skin, and lower back pain. Different from a tummy tuck, which tightens the underlying stomach muscles, a panniculectomy only removes excess skin and fat.
Many people who have achieved significant weight loss can be left with large amounts of heavy, loose folds of skin around the abdomen, which can sag and lose elasticity as a result of being stretched for a long period of time. This excess skin can lead to rashes above the pubic area and along the groin and hips. As a result, skin removal after weight loss is a crucial next step to take. A panniculectomy can offer relief of these symptoms to enhance your health and appearance.
Am I a candidate for a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)? Am I a candidate for a panniculectomy?
The ideal candidates for tummy tuck surgery are those who have a combination of loose or excess skin on their abdomen and/or excess abdominal fat. Almost all women who have had children will also have some degree of abdominal muscle laxity. Any of these conditions, or all three, can be corrected by a tummy tuck.
Tummy tuck surgery is a good option for you if:
Panniculectomy candidates typically suffer from obesity, have recently experienced significant weight loss or suffer post-pregnancy issues with excessive fat located below the belly button.
You may be a candidate for panniculectomy if:
How do I prepare for a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and/or panniculectomy?
Preparing for your tummy tuck (abdominoplasty procedure) and/or panniculectomy procedure will include a discussion with your plastic surgeon about your health, desires and lifestyle.
To ensure the best results from your tummy tuck surgery or panniculectomy procedure, be prepared to discuss:
Your plastic surgeon may also:
How is a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) performed?
In a traditional tummy tuck (abdominoplasty procedure), a horizontal incision is made just above the pubic hairline. The length of this lower abdominal incision is determined by the amount of excess skin.
The skin is then dissected up toward the rib cage, the muscle is tightened, the belly button is repositioned and excess skin is removed. Your cosmetic surgeon may also recommend combining liposuction with your tummy tuck surgery for the best results.
In those cases where loose skin extends towards the back, the incision can be lengthened into the back area performing a so-called “circumferential abdominoplasty.”
The tummy tuck procedure is generally performed under general anesthesia and can often be performed as an outpatient or with a one-night stay. The procedure itself requires anywhere from two to four hours to perform. Drains are most often used and are removed several days following the procedure.
How is panniculectomy performed?
Panniculectomy may be performed as a single procedure or combined with a tummy tuck. The procedure may also be performed with another abdominal surgery, such as a hysterectomy, repair of the abdominal wall, or hernia repair. When done alone the panniculectomy is intended to only to remove the overhanging skin and fat and is not a cosmetic procedure.
The procedure takes approximately three to five hours and involves an incision just above the pubic area extending outward toward the hips.The length of your incision depends upon the amount of skin to be removed. Depending on the size of the pannus, the naval might get pulled down or completely removed with the panniculectomy. Your surgeon will be able advise you of this in your pre-operative consult.
Panniculectomy may be an outpatient procedure or require an overnight stay, depending on the particular circumstances of your procedure.
What are the different types of tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) procedures?
There are three different types of tummy tuck procedures. The degree of loose skin, excess fat or laxity of the stomach muscle, in addition to a full consultation with your plastic surgeon, will determine whether a traditional or complete abdominoplasty, a partial mini abdominoplasty or circumferential abdominoplasty is right for you.
Learn more about these tummy tuck options:
After a tummy tuck procedure (abdominoplasty)
Whether you’re having a partial or complete tummy tuck & the overall result will be a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight. Your final results after the abdominal plastic surgery may be initially hidden by swelling and the inability to stand fully upright until internal healing is complete. Your new slimmer profile should be will begin to be apparent within a week or two following surgery. It might take several weeks or even months to appreciate the final result.
After a panniculectomy
Most patients are very pleased with the results of the panniculectomy. The majority lose approximately five to 10 pounds in weight. You will notice that your clothing fits more comfortably. Some patients also find personal hygiene and physical activity easier.
While it will take a few months after surgery to realize final results, your body’s new contour will be permanent, providing your weight remains stable. An additional benefit for most patients is that changes in their weight do not result in accumulation in the waist as it did before the procedure.
What is involved in recovery?
After a tummy tuck procedure (abdominoplasty)
Following your tummy tuck procedure, the incision site will be stitched and bandaged. Your plastic surgeon may have you wear either an elastic bandage or a compression garment to minimize swelling and to support your abdomen as it heals.
It’s very important that you follow all of your surgeon’s instructions on wearing this garment (if you are given one) and caring for the bandage in the days following surgery. Your surgeon will also instruct you on how to best position yourself while sitting or lying down to help ease pain.
Tummy tuck procedures are often performed as an outpatient procedure or with a one-night stay at hospital. If your tummy tuck is completed as an outpatient procedure, make certain you bring someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.
You will have to severely limit strenuous exercise for four to six weeks as you go through the healing process, in addition to possibly needing to take up to one month off work after surgery to ensure the recovery and results. Your cosmetic surgeon will help you determine a recovery based on your personal situation.
After a panniculectomy
Following panniculectomy, your surgeon will instruct you regarding showering and bathing. Use a supportive abdominal garment only if your surgeon recommends it.
You will need to avoid strenuous activities for a few weeks, but most people can usually return to work within two weeks of the procedure. Any stitches in the skin are generally removed in about a week. You will also have deeper sutures that dissolve on their own.
Is a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and panniculectomy safe?
All surgical procedures carry some risk.
Possible risks of tummy tuck and panniculectomy procedures include: