The Tummy Tuck tightens loose abdominal muscles, removes excess abdominal skin and reduces abdominal fat.
Abdominoplasty is an elective plastic surgery procedure created to restore the appearance of the belly after weight loss and childbirth. Commonly known as a Tummy Tuck, the procedure is extremely effective because it uses a three-step approach to abdominal rejuvenation.
Why Won’t My Belly Flatten?
A common question my patients ask after childbirth or weight loss is, “Why won’t my belly flatten?” Unfortunately, the abdominal skin and muscles can permanently stretch during pregnancy or weight gain.
The abdomen does not always flatten after weight loss. Diet and exercise can increase abdominal muscle tone and reduce abdominal fat; however, they do not remove excess skin and cannot tighten the abdominal muscle sheath.
How Does Abdominoplasty Work?
As mentioned above, the Tummy Tuck is a three-step procedure. It optimally flattens the abdomen by:
Tightening the muscle fascia
Removing excess abdominal skin
Reducing excess abdominal wall fat
Here are the details.
Tightening The Abdominal Muscles
The patient above has very little excess skin and fat; however, her muscles are stretched out of shape. A Tummy Tuck was performed to tighten her abdominal wall, like an internal corset. Also, the available fat she had was used to reshape her buttocks with a Brazilian Butt Lift.
The muscles of the abdominal wall lie beneath the abdominal skin and subcutaneous fat, and superficial to the abdominal organs. With weight gain and pregnancy, the abdominal muscles get stretched out. The muscle fibers still contract and they are strengthened with exercise; however, the case around the muscles (the muscle fascia) remains distended.
As part of the Tummy Tuck, the lax fascia is tightened. It is like applying an internal corset. Since the muscle is the foundation of the abdominal wall, failure to tighten this leaves the abdomen round and poochy. Abdominoplasty is very effective for candidates who are near their ideal body weight. Unfortunately, fat around the organs cannot be removed during a Tummy Tuck, and this internal fat can interfere with the results. For some patients, weight loss is recommended before Abdominoplasty in order to obtain the optimal result.
Removing Excess Abdominal Skin
Tightening the skin removes any skin that folds over. The above Abdominoplasty Before and After Pictures show a small amount of excess skin, but as the muscle is tightened it increases. The pictures in the next section show a large amount of skin excess.
Abdominoplasty means abdomen changing, and one of the biggest changes is the removal of redundant skin. When skin is folding over, weight loss and exercise rarely fix it. Moreover, as additional fat is lost, the support for the skin is reduced, and the skin folds over even more.
Tummy Tucks remove excess skin directly via an incision below the belt line. The low placement of the scar helps keep it well hidden. The wider the skin redundancy, the wider the required incision. In cases of extreme weight loss, the redundancy may extend all the way around the body and a lower body lift is performed.
Reducing Excess Abdominal Wall Fat
My patient above has lost a lot of weight. You can see that her muscle laxity is causing the bulge in her upper abdomen, and that excess skin and fat on the lower abdomen are hiding the results of her work-outs. Her Abdominoplasty tightened skin and muscle and removed excess fat which drastically improved the appearance of her belly and her confidence.
The subcutaneous fat of the abdominal wall tends to be located on the lower half of the belly. This is convenient because when the skin is removed from the lower abdomen, the fat beneath it is also removed.
Fat that extends around the sides and back can also be removed in the same operation with Liposuction. Liposuction of the central abdomen, however, is often delayed a few months to protect the skin’s circulation and to maximize the fat removal.
Tummy Tuck Consultations
For the safest and most predictable Tummy Tuck results you will want an experienced, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. In the San Francisco Bay Area call (925) 943-6353. My Walnut Creek Plastic Surgery office will schedule a convenient, private and personalized consultation appointment to review all the details of the Abdominoplasty procedure.
Mommy Makeovers include breast and belly enhancement in one surgery.
No matter what shape you are in before childbirth, the postpartum physique is rarely an improvement. Pregnancy can wreak havoc on a woman’s body. Cosmetic Surgery Repairs after having children are done so frequently, there’s a name for it: Mommy Makeover. Today’s video is all about the Mommy Makeover, and its many variations.
Breast Augmentation and Tummy Tuck Video (Mommy Makeover)
This Mommy Makeover Video is from my Body Beautiful television show broadcasted on the San Francisco Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4. It reviews the techniques and options available for different types of Mommy Makeovers.
What Is A Mommy Makeover?
The Mommy Makeover has two goals: to enhance the shape of the breasts and to flatten the belly. With pregnancy, the breasts enlarge and then often shrink and collapse. Breast Augmentation and Breast Lifting are used to enlarge and lift the breasts. On the other hand, if the breast remain too large after pregnancy, a Breast Reduction can be substituted to improve breast and body proportions. The differences and options for Breast Augmentation and Breast Lifts are discussed further here: Breast Augmentation or Breast Lift?
For the belly, a Tummy Tuck is the workhorse that dramatically improves the appearance of the abdomen by tightening the abdominal muscles and skin, and by removing excess fat. When abdominal laxity is confined to the area below the belly button, a Mini Tummy Tuck may be the procedure of choice to restore a pre-baby toned belly. Lastly, if the skin and muscle tone are good, but disproportionate fat is bothersome, Liposuction alone may be the answer. The differences between the procedures are discussed here: Liposuction or Tummy Tuck?
Mommy Makeover Consultations
If you are considering a Mommy Makeover, or its component cosmetic procedures, Breast Augmentation or Tummy Tuck, be certain to consult with an experienced, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. In the San Francisco Bay Area, call (925) 943-6353, and schedule a personal and private consultation appointment today.
Mommy Makeovers may include Breast Augmentation, Breast Lifts or Breast Reduction combined with a Tummy Tuck, Mini Tummy Tuck or just Liposuction, depending on the areas that need improvement and the patient’s wishes.
There is no denying that breasts and bellies take a hit with pregnancy. Fortunately, there is a solution. Mommy Makeovers rejuvenate both the breasts and the belly, to help restore your pre-pregnancy body.
Mommy Makeover Options
The term Mommy Makeover comes from the frequently requested combination of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures used to restore a woman’s body after childbirth. The most common combination is Breast Augmentation with a Tummy Tuck, but variations are available when indicated.
Mommy Makeover Breast Options
The motivation for having a Mommy Makeover is the desire to restore the breasts and belly to their pre-pregnancy shape. For breast enhancement, the best procedure depends on how the breasts have changed:
Smaller Breast may benefit from Breast Augmentation.
Larger Breast may benefit from Breast Reduction.
Sagging breast may benefit from a Breast Lift.
Changes to the nipples and areolae can also be reversed.
Mommy Makeover Before and After Pictures
This Mommy Makeover included Breast Augmentation and a Tummy Tuck, the most common combination for restoring the body after childbirth.
Mommy Makeover Belly Options
Just like with the breasts, there options are available for treating the belly, depending on each patient’s needs. While the most common surgery to restore a pre-baby belly is the Tummy Tuck, sometimes a smaller operation is the better choice. Regardless of the procedure used, the best results are obtained when your weight is optimal.
Common scenarios and treatment options include:
Loose abdominal skin and muscle laxity are treated with a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Loose skin and muscle laxity confined to the lower abdomen may respond to a Mini Tummy Tuck.
If the muscle and skin are tight, but disproportionate fat is present, Liposuction might be the best solution.
The abdominal fat, which is removed during the Mommy Makeover, is sometimes repurposed to enhance an atrophied bootie. Fat from the abdomen can often be transplanted to the buttocks as part of a Brazilian Buttocks Lift.
This Mommy Makeover combined a Breast Augmentation Lift with a Tummy Tuck and Liposuction.
Mommy makeover Consultations
There are many treatment options for Mommy Makeovers, so it is necessary to have an experienced professional to guide your decision making. The Internet can give you an idea of what is possible; however, there is no substitute for an in-person consultation with an experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
If you have Mommy Makeover questions, call me at (925) 943-6353, and schedule a private consultation appointment. Your options will be discussed and your questions will be answered in a manner specific to your needs.
Coming Soon to a Station Near You
Stay tuned to the Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4. Later this month, I will be starting my television show Body Beautiful with a segment dedicated exclusively to the Mommy Makeover, and more before and after pictures will be revealed.
The Tummy Tuck remains one of the most requested and among my favorite cosmetic plastic surgery procedures. It helps restore a youthful, flat, pre-baby belly, and works after weight loss, too. Unlike bariatric surgery, it is not for weight loss. Abdominoplasty is designed to tighten the abdominal wall, muscles and skin, after weight loss or pregnancy.
Tummy Tuck Before and After Pictures
Tummy Tucks work well for the post baby bump. Diet and exercise are important for recovering abdominal tone after pregnancy, but sometimes despite your best efforts, loose skin and abdominal wall laxity persist. Abdominoplasty tightens the muscle wall, removes fat and reduces excess skin, to flatten the belly.
Tummy Tuck Results After Pregnancy
The before picture above shows the typical results after having a baby. The abdomen is stretched out and the baby bump is still present. This patient is healthy and physically fit. Her abdomen is strong and her weight is ideal, but her lower abdomen is bulging. The disproportionate abdominal fullness makes her look out of shape.
The after picture reveals all her hard work. Her Tummy Tuck gave her back a body representative of her fitness level. Her abdomen is flat and tight. Abdominoplasty eliminated the lower abdominal bulge by removing the excess skin and fat and flattened the entire abdominal wall by tightening the rectus and oblique muscles. Now, her clothes fit well. She can appreciate the results of her workouts and just feels better about herself.
Full Abdominoplasty After Weight Loss
Even after the weight loss, the abdomen may appear loose or full. This case shows what a full abdominoplasty, including muscle tightening, can do for a flaccid belly.
Sometimes, even after massive weight loss, abdominal fullness and bulging persist. It’s frustrating. The skin, left damaged after being overstretched, is unable to recoil back to its original form fitting shape. In this case, the muscle wall was also overstretched by intra-abdominal fat caused by weight gain. This allows the abdominal content to push the entire abdominal wall forward. Ironically, the engineering term for this is “plastic deformation,” but we can reverse this appearance with Plastic Surgery. By removing excess skin and fat, and tightening the remaining skin and muscle, the flat belly is restored.
I Only Need A Mini Tummy Tuck
Sometimes a Mini Tummy Tuck is just what the doctor ordered. When the stretching and fullness is confined to the lower abdomen, a mini tummy tuck might just do the trick.
For some patients, the procedure of choice to restore a flat belly is a Mini Tummy Tuck. The Mini Tummy Tuck tightens the lower abdominal wall, and it is a smaller procedure than a full tummy tuck. If you cover the skin below the belly button, and are satisfied with how flat your upper abdominal wall is, a Mini Abdominoplasty might be all you need.
The patient shown above had a great looking upper abdomen before surgery, but the skin on her lower abdomen was loose and jiggled when she walked. The muscles underneath the skin were firm, but bowed outward due to excessive stretching of the lower abdominal muscles during pregnancy. A Mini Tummy Tuck was performed to remove excess skin and disproportionate fat, while tightening the muscles of the lower abdominal wall. The smaller operation provided her a great result with a quicker recovery than a full Abdominoplasty. Not everyone is a candidate for a Mini Tummy Tuck, but it never hurts to ask.
Tummy Tuck Consultations
Tummy Tucks are one of my favorite operations. The results are dramatic, predictable and very rewarding. My patients are delighted with their new and improved bellies. If you are considering a Tummy Tuck or other abdominal rejuvenation call (925) 943-6353 now and schedule a personal consultation appointment.
The Tummy Tuck is half of a Mommy Makeover. The patient shown above wanted her pre-baby belly and breasts back. The combination of Abdominoplasty and Breast Augmentation with a Breast Lift restored what nature had given and taken away.
The Tummy Tuck remains one of the most sought after cosmetic plastic surgery procedures. Also termed, Abdominoplasty, it literally means belly changing, and that is exactly what it does.
Tummy Tuck and Mommy Makeover Video
Today’s episode of Body Beautiful reviews the Tummy Tuck procedure, and beautifully illustrates what Abdominoplasty can do to restore abdominal contours often lost after pregnancy or changes in weight. This video segment is from the Bay Area’s News Station, KRON 4’s, Body Beautiful. The show features the latest in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, and uses before and after pictures liberally to demonstrate what is possible.
Tummy Tuck After Pregnancy or Weight Loss
After pregnancy or weight loss, the abdomen is often left flaccid. The muscles, even when strong, are stretched out and cannot support the abdominal contents the way they used to. The skin itself is stretched out, often leaving stretch marks and rolls. The result: clothes don’t fit the way they used to.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
The breasts often suffer a similar fate, so restoring breast volume and perkiness is often performed at the same time as the Tummy Tuck via Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift or the combination Breast Augmentation Lift.
More Mommy Makeover before and afters: Again, Abdominoplasty is combined with Breast Enhancement. In this case, a Breast Lift was combined with a Tummy Tuck for a uplifted, aesthetic result.
Because this is commonly a problem after pregnancy, the combination of Breast Enhancement and Tummy Tuck goes by the name Mommy Makeover. In the Mommy Makeover Before and After Pictures above, a Breast Lift (Mastopexy) was combined with a Tummy Tuck for maximum aesthetic results.
Tummy Tuck or Mommy Makeover Consultations
There is no substitute for proper training and experience. When considering a Tummy Tuck, Mommy Makeover or any Cosmetic Plastic Surgery, consult with an experienced and Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, call (925) 943-6353 to schedule a private and personalized consultation appointment, today.
Massive weight loss will shrink our volume, but does not reliably shrink our skin. In the before and after pictures above, breast volume is restored with breast implants. Sagging breast skin is tightened with a breast lift. Excess abdominal skin is removed, and the belly bulge caused by stretched out abdominal muscles, is flattened by tightening the muscle sheath.
Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery is Plastic Surgery after Massive Weight Loss. Whether this is after a lifestyle change or after Bariatric Surgery, the amount of skin that persists after weight loss is often large and frustrating. This Post-Weight Loss Plastic Surgery Video reviews several of the most common treatments including: Lower Body Lifts, Tummy Tucks, Breast Augmentation, Breast Lifts and Arm Lifts. The results of Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery are illustrated and narrated in this video with before and after pictures, which describe and demonstrate what Board Certified Plastic Surgeons can do for the skin excess that often occurs after weight loss.
Post-Bariatric Plastic Surgery Video
Extremity Tightening Procedures
The majority of skin tightening procedures performed after weight loss are for the trunk; however, the face, arms and legs can also develop excess skin. Face Lifts (Rhytidectomy), Arm Lifts (Brachioplasty) and Thigh Lifts can help with excess skin on the face/neck, upper arm and thighs. Below is an example of an arm lift.
Brachioplasty literally means arm changing. An arm lift can change the way an arm looks, feels and fits into sleeves.
Brachioplasty changes the arm by removing the excess skin that often hangs off the upper arm after weight loss. The skin is removed from the lower border of the upper arm, leaving a scar along the bottom of the arm. This is the only procedure that can remove large amounts of excess skin.
Post Bariatric Plastic Surgery Consultations
As an active member of the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons, post bariatric plastic surgery is an area in which I specialize.
The American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons was formed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeons specializing in skin tightening after massive weight loss.
When searching for an experienced post-weight loss plastic surgeon, be certain to look for a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who is a Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Additionally, members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery specialize in the cosmetic side of plastic surgery, and members of the American Society of Bariatric Plastic Surgeons demonstrate additional dedication to the cosmetic side of post-bariatric plastic surgery.
If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area and want to learn more about your skin reduction options after weight loss, call (925) 943-6353, to schedule your private consultation appointment.
Liposuction is great for removing disproportionate, localized areas of fat accumulation. On today’s video I discuss Liposculpture and share numerous Liposuction before and after pictures from my latest segment from KRON 4’s Body Beautiful.
What Are The Best Areas For Liposuction?
Liposuction removes disproportionate fat. In the above before and after pictures, Liposculpture is used to further enhance a Tummy Tuck.
As a San Francisco Bay Area Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, I perform Liposuction on many areas of the body. The best areas are localized accumulations of fat which stick out from the surrounding areas. The convexities can be contoured with Liposculpture to bring them back into proportion and enhance your appearance. Sometimes the fat can be repurposed like with the Brazilian Buttocks Lift.
The following video segment reviews Liposuction and reveals the secrets of Liposculpture with numerous Before and After Pictures.
The video’s preview screen above shows the results of Liposuction alone. Fine Liposuction cannulas were used to contour the belly, flanks, back and thighs, and enhance this patient’s feminine curves.
Liposuction Frequently Asked Questions
Love handles handled with Liposuction. By carefully sculpting the lower back fat, Liposculpture reduces the muffin top. Unsightly bulges are transformed into more attractive curves.
Many of the frequently asked questions about Liposuction are reviewed in the Liposuction Video above. If you have more questions, be certain to select Liposuction in the sidebar under Search By Category. More information is also available on my main website’s Liposuction Page.
Personalized Answers to Your Questions
I use Liposuction almost every week to reduce gynecomastia. The combination of Liposculpture of excess chest fat and the direct excision of the firm, stubborn glandular tissue can flatten and masculinize a man’s chest.
There is a lot of Liposuction information available on the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog. It’s a good start; however, the only way to get specific answers to your Liposuction Questions is during an in-person consultation with an experienced qualified professional. Call (925) 943-6353 today, to schedule an appointment at our San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgery Clinic in Walnut Creek, CA.
The Tummy Tuck is one of the most requested cosmetic plastic surgery procedures I perform. Whether after childbirth, or weight loss, the procedure removes excess fat and loose skin and tightens the abdominal muscles. On the most recent Body Beautiful on the San Francisco Bay Area’ News Station, KRON 4, I had the opportunity to discuss the latest in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery including Abdominoplasty.
Tummy Tuck Video (Abdominoplasty)
Abdominoplasty Video Presentation
The above Abdominoplasty Video discusses the procedure, its recovery, and I narrate the results for multiple Tummy Tuck Before and After Pictures. Examples of combining Abdominoplasty with Mommy Makeovers and Brazilian Butt Lifts are included, too. More on these next.
Tummy Tuck With Brazilian Butt Lift
Abdominoplasty can be combined with other procedures. The most common add-on is Liposuction. It is used to contour the lateral hip and lower back and reduce the undesirable the muffin top. In some cases, the fat removed with Liposuction is repurposed to augment the buttocks. Also known as the Brazilian Buttocks Lift, the procedure can create, or restore, the fullness to the buttocks and hips. An example is depicted below.
The Above Tummy Tuck before and after pictures show an example of what the combination of Tummy Tuck, Liposuction and Brazilian Buttock Lift can do. In the post operative picture on the right, the abdomen is flatter, the muffin top is missing and the buttocks are fuller and rounder.
Abdominoplasty With Breast Augmentation Lift
Tummy Tucks can be combined with Breast Enhancement also. This class of combination cosmetic plastic surgery is termed the Mommy Makeover. The most common combination is Abdominoplasty with Breast Augmentation using Breast Implants. The Mommy Makeover Before and After Pictures shown below illustrate the combination of Breast Augmentation Lift (Periareolar) with a Tummy Tuck.
Mommy Makeovers are a class of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures that enhance both the breasts and the belly. The Mommy Makeover before and after pictures above are an example of what can be accomplished with the combination of Breast Augmentation Lift and Tummy Tuck. As with all plastic surgery, careful patient selection is very important.
Tummy Tuck Consultations
If you are considering a Tummy Tuck, Brazilian Buttocks Lift or Breast Augmentation, be certain to consult a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in your area. If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, call (925) 943-6353 to schedule a convenient, personalized consultation appointment. My office specializes in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery and discretion. Come in and learn more.
Dr. Mele discusses Cosmetic Plastic Surgery on Body Beautiful – September 12, 2017, at Noon.
Hey San Francisco Bay Area. Body Beautiful will be broadcast this Tuesday, September 12, at noon. You may not have noticed, but KRON 4 was acquired by Nexstar. The good news is that they have decided to continue Body Beautiful, so I’ve got new Plastic Surgery News to share with you.
Body Beautiful on KRON 4
KRON 4’s Body Beautiful with Vicki Liviakis and yours truly on the San Francisco Bay Area’s News Station.
I have been doing Body Beautiful live for the last 10 years. The original show was with host Vicki Liviakis, and we would take viewer calls live, on the air. It certainly added excitement. Since we were on the air live, even the “unusual” questions had to be answered.
The latest version of Body Beautiful with host Janelle Marie.
Now Janelle Marie is the host, but the format remains the same. This week’s show was taped last week. Maybe KRON’s new management was a little nervous about an amateur, me, on the air live. But don’t worry, you can still submit questions for the show via email or the contact form here in the margin.
This Week’s Body Beautiful Discussion
This week’s show is dedicated to four Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Procedures:
The links above will take to more detailed information about these procedures.
Body Beautiful Airs Tuesday At Noon
Body Beautiful will be broadcast this Tuesday, September 12, at noon. Be sure to tune in or set your DVR. I you miss it, don’t worry. I will be posting the segments from the show here, and the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog and on my YouTube channel.
The Tummy Tuck remains one of the most popular Cosmetic Plastic Surgery procedures. Also called Abdominoplasty, the procedure tightens the abdominal wall and is especially useful after pregnancy or weight loss.
Tummy Tucks After Other Abdominal Surgery
The question of how preexisting abdominal surgery effects Tummy Tuck planning, execution and recovery often arrises. While most the time an Abdominoplasty can be safely performed, there are some incisions that make the procedure dangerous. Today, we will talk about how scar location may change your Tummy Tightening Procedure.
Where Is The Tummy Tuck Scar?
The above Tummy Tuck before and after pictures show where the skin is removed.
To understand how previous surgery effects Abdominoplasty, it is important to know the location of the removed skin and the circulation that supplies the remaining skin. As the Tummy Tuck Before and After Pictures above show, the lower abdominal skin is excised to remove the excess from the lower belly, to lift the skin above the pubic region (the FUPA) and to leave a scar which is low enough that it hides below the belt-line. The circulation that keeps the remaining skin alive travels in the superficial circulation of the skin that is located above and lateral (toward the sides). It’s the circulatory pattern of the remaining skin that really determines which, if any, of the surgeries performed prior to the Tummy Tuck are likely to cause problems.
Common Surgeries That Do Not Effect Abdominoplasty
In general, any surgery which leaves a scar within the excised skin is safe. This includes c-section, hernia and low appendectomy scars. Surgeries which leave small scars, such as laparoscopic surgery are safe.
Longer scars in the midline are also safe. Since the blood supply comes from each side independently, an incision that runs up and down the middle is unlikely to cause wound healing problems. Below is an extreme example.
The Fleur-de-Lis Tummy Tuck
The Fleur-de-Lis Tummy Tuck is an unusual Tummy Tuck that includes not only the usual low abdominal skin resection, but also removes skin from the middle of the abdominal wall to tighten side to side.
The Fleur-de-Lis Tummy Tuck is used in cases of extreme weight loss, when the upper abdominal skin is loose from side-to-side. In the example above, my patient had a pre-existing midline scar running from the rib cage to the pubic region. Since the scar is in the middle, it is not cutting across the blood supply and is removed with the excess skin.
The previous scar was excised with the loose upper abdominal skin as evidenced by the removal of the excess skin in her underwear, as well as the excess skin located above the underwear. Her clothes fit much better after her surgery, and her mobility is improved thanks to the loss of the excess abdominal skin. The muscle, too, was tightened to further improve the cosmetic results and to provide better muscular support for her abdominal wall.
No More FUPAs
The FUPA (fat upper pubic area) is the excess fullness located above the pubic region and below the excess belly skin. If not addressed at the time of a Tummy Tuck, this excess skin can be a continued source of annoyance and embarrassment.
The FUPA (fat upper pubic area) can be seen in the Abdominoplasty Before and After Photos above. It is the separate skin fold / bulge seen below the redundant abdominal wall skin and above the pubic region. If a standard Tummy Tuck is performed, the FUPA remains a source of annoyance and embarrassment. These pictures were originally shown on my TV show, Body Beautiful. The before picture did not require censorship, because the FUPA covered the private area.The after picture, on the other hand, had to be covered. The scar from the Tummy Tuck can be seen extending laterally from the sides of the blacked out pubic region.
Common Surgeries That Complicate Abdominoplasty
The most common surgeries that can negatively impact the healing after a Tummy Tuck include the traditional “open” cholecystectomy (gall bladder) and pancreatic or any other upper abdominal surgery performed through a “chevron” incision.
The traditional cholecystectomy scar runs diagonally across the right upper quadrant of the abdomen, parallel to the lower edge of the rib cage. This incision cuts the blood vessels supplying the skin below the scar and can lead to problems with circulation to the sin between the scar and the Abdominoplasty scar. Problems can range from slight redness, to complete skin loss. Options are available to “delay” the skin flap, a smaller operation a few weeks before the Tummy Tuck to improve the circulation to the skin, but sometimes performing the Tummy Tuck may be too risky.
The extreme is the “chevron: incision. This scar extends across the entire upper abdomen from side-to-side, just below the ribs. A traditional Tummy Tuck is usually not advisable after this surgical approach. Instead, a reverse Abdominoplasty may be recommended. The Reverse Abdominoplasty is an abdominal wall tightening procedure which is performed across the top of the abdomen, rather than the across the bottom. In most cases, the skin cannot be tightened as well as with the traditional approach, but in select cases, the improvement is still very good.
Tummy Tuck Consultations
In most cases, previous abdominal surgery is not a contraindication for Abdominoplasty; however, you should discuss your specific situation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, prior to scheduling any elective surgery. If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area call (925) 943-6353 today, to schedule a private consultation tailored to your specific needs.