What is an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck?

A “tummy tuck”, otherwise known as an abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that removes a combination of excess fat and skin while simultaneously restoring separated muscles smoothing and cinching the abdominal wall. A flat and toned abdomen is universally sought after, however, At RG Plastic Surgery, we understand that diet and exercise are sometimes not enough to achieve this goal. Often individuals can still have a protruding abdomen or loose and sagging skin while being at a normal body weight.

Tummy tucks at RG Plastic Surgery are typically performed in conjunction with liposuction to create a seamless circumferential change and reshaping of the body through the entire trunk. Liposuction to the sides, flanks, and back make for dramatic changes to the body contour. Tighter waists and hourglass figures are made possible using this approach to proportionally address more of the body and not solely one front section. – make a appointment at RG Plastic Surgery today to find out how will be able to help you achive the result you want. 

Limitations of a Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck does not replace a healthy diet and exercise program. While the results are in essence permanent, results can diminish with significant fluctuations in weight. Patients planning on losing significant amounts of weight or women planning future pregnancies should plan their tummy tucks for a later time. Abdominoplasties cannot erase stretch marks, but the look may be improved if many are in the area of excess skin that is excised. 

Further limits on abdominoplasty surgery are the distinction between subcutaneous fat and visceral fat. Subcutaneous fat (or extra abdominal fat) exists over the muscle layer. This fat is generally pinchable and accessible to your surgeon. This fat can be liposuctioned to enhance your procedure. Visceral (or intrabdominal fat) is another matter. Visceral fat lives between and around the organs in the abdominal cavity behind the muscle layer. Visceral fat is not accessible for your surgeon to remove with liposuction. Protruding bellies due to visceral fat may not achieve desired results with tummy tuck surgery because the distended abdominal appearance may not change or blend well after joining the upper and lower portions of the incision. Visceral fat is best eliminated by diet and addressing overall body fat composition because it not surgically reachable. 

Who is a good candidate for a tummy tuck?

Good surgical Tummy tuck candidates are patients who are:

  • Physically healthy and at a stable weight
  • Have realistic expectations
  • A nonsmoker
  • Bothered by the appearance of their abdomen

An abdominoplasty is designed for people who have an excess of lax skin and fat concentrated in the abdomen. Candidates should be within 25 pounds more or less than their ideal weight and be mindful of expectations regarding the capabilities of the surgery. The best surgical candidates are nonsmokers for safety, healing and outcomes. It’s not unusual for both men and women to opt for tummy tuck surgery if the appearance of their midsection is bothersome. 

Consultation Process

Because each patient and their aesthetic goals are unique, a personalized consultation is an important part of the process at RG Plastic Surgery. The success of surgery is dependent on an informed patient with an understanding of what can be achieved with an abdominoplasty. During your appointment, photographs will be taken as part of your medical chart. These are also used as visual tools to help you see and compare other pictures and learn the possibilities of what your outcome could be. In your consultation, you’ll be asked about your general health and surgical goals along with any questions or concerns about surgery you may have. Dr. Ramirez Gavidia will do a physical exam, go over all your options, and what would be the best course of action for you. Along with recommendations, he will show you other surgical results and go over potential risks and complications. 

The success, safety, and satisfaction of your tummy tuck depends on your complete honesty about your health, desired look, and lifestyle. This is the best time to ask questions because it is very important to understand all aspects of your tummy tuck procedure. Don’t let shyness or anxiety keep you from discussing anything with your surgeon.

After talking to Dr. Ramirez Gavidia, a patient coordinator will provide you with a detailed, written estimate of surgical fees for your procedure to conclude your consultation. She will assist you in selecting a date for your surgery and coordinate with the hospital and anesthesia. The patient coordinator will also answer any questions about the payment options available in our office.

Technique and Steps of a Complete Tummy Tuck

It is important to consider that the amount of correction needed will determine the length of your incision. It is through this incision that weakened, separated abdominal muscles will be corrected and sutured back to position. By doing so, Dr. Ramirez Gavidia creates an internal corset cinching in the waist. The skin and excess fat excised in the procedure is shaped like an ellipse and generally extends from the top of the belly button to the top of the pubic bone and hip to hip. The incision is strategically placed to be hidden behind undergarments or swimwear. An incision around the belly button may be necessary to remove additional skin on the upper area of the abdomen. 

What type of results can I expect after surgery?

A tummy tuck creates a smoother, flatter abdomen and more contoured waistline. Patients can expect to feel more proportioned in their body with removal of excess skin and fat. While some results may be visible right away, as with most cosmetic surgeries, the final results are realized in six months to a year.

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