ABDOMINOPLASTY (TUMMY TUCK) BENEFITS
The myriad of fitness articles focusing on helping both men and women sculpt the perfect midsection highlight the importance many North Americans place on having a taut, toned stomach. Goals of achieving the ever elusive “six pack” abs send countless individuals to the gym, where they perform seemingly endless numbers of crunches and abdominal exercises in the hopes of creating the aesthetically perfect abdomen.
Unfortunately, stubborn fat pockets in the abdominal region can be extremely difficult to eliminate, and oftentimes cannot be addressed or rectified with diet and exercise alone. Nor can diet and exercise correct the frustrating aesthetic problem of abdominal skin laxity (loose, hanging skin), which can be caused by a number of factors, such as: genetics, the natural aging process, stress, childbirth, drastic fluctuations in weight, and/or hormonal imbalances.
Fortunately, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) surgery offers an effective solution to these troublesome aesthetic issues, and can be performed to enhance and improve upon the appearance of a protruding or flabby abdomen.
Tummy tuck surgery involves the removal of surplus fat from the lower and middle abdominal region, followed by a tightening of the abdominal musculature and the excision of any surplus abdominal skin, resulting in a leaner, tighter, more sculpted abdomen.
In order to ensure optimal abdominoplasty results, this surgery should be performed by a plastic surgeon such as Dr. Hani Sinno, M.D., who helps patients sculpt and enhance the appearance of their abdomens with tummy tuck procedures at his private practice in Montreal, Quebec.
There are two primary abdominoplasty options, and after evaluating the degree of skin and fat excision you will require, Dr. Sinno will select one of the following techniques:
- Complete/Full Abdominoplasty: performed on patients with fat deposits both above and below the navel, and involves an incision made from hipbone to hipbone, followed by contouring of the abdominal skin, tissue, and musculature as needed. This surgery involves using a second incision around the circumference of the navel (belly button) to reposition the navel to a more aesthetically desirable position
- Partial/Mini Abdominoplasty: often performed on patients whose fat deposits are located below the navel and does not require a second incision to reposition the navel.
ABDOMINOPLASTY PROCEDURE AND RECOVERY
Tummy tuck surgery is generally performed on an outpatient basis, using general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. During your abdominoplasty procedure, Dr. Sinno will make a horizontal incision between your navel and pubic hairline, and will repair and suture the weakened abdominal muscles. Utilizing the same incision, he will then remove any surplus abdominal fat, tissue, and skin, and (if needed), will reposition the belly button.
Following your tummy tuck surgery, bandages or dressings will be applied to your incisions, and you may be given a surgical compression garment to reduce swelling and promote proper healing. A small, thin tube may be placed under the skin temporarily, as a means to drain any excess blood or fluid.
Your abdominoplasty results will be apparent immediately after your surgery, and will continue to improve over the next few months, as any remaining swelling decreases. Although your total healing time will be determined by your body’s unique capacity to heal itself, you will be advised to refrain from all vigorous physical activity for at least six weeks following your abdominoplasty.
CONTACT DR. SINNO
Dr. Sinno and his well-trained team members have worked to create a welcoming, healing office environment, and will take the time to thoroughly explain your abdominoplasty procedural details and options. Your tummy tuck procedure will be uniquely customized to reflect your specific aesthetic goals, and you can be assured that you will have the best possible patient care throughout your abdominoplasty experience. If you would like additional information about tummy tuck surgery, please contact Dr. Sinno’s office today. We are happy to answer any and all of your questions, and to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Sinno.
Pre and Post Operative Photos
Please Click here for representative examples of pre and post-operative photos of patients from the website of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
For more information on this specific procedure and to watch a 3D video animation, please visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) here: http://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/3d-animations.html