Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
What is a Tummy Tuck?
Abdominoplasty, less formally known as tummy tuck, removes excess skin and fat, while restoring weakened, separated muscles by shortening and tightening. Liposuction is often incorporated to re-contour and shape the abdominal area. These combined techniques create a smooth refined profile.
Many people, both women and men, long to achieve a more smooth, defined abdomen. Healthy lifestyle and exercise alone is not always enough to bring us to these desired goals.
Factor such as aging, heredity, pregnancy, weight loss/fluctuations are all contributing factors that can cause us to develop loose, sagging skin. Unfortunately these factors can affect all body types, even those whom maintain a low BMI (body mass index). We perform variations of this procedure for massive weight loss patients after bariatric surgery.
Abdominoplasty is never a substitute for weight loss and for ideal results patients are recommended to be close to their ideal weight for several months prior to surgery.
Patients planning on future or continued weight loss or pregnancies would be advised to wait, as they can negatively alter your surgical outcome. Stretch marks are only removed in the areas of excess skin being removed. All other areas will remain.
A tummy tuck is a personalized and tailored to your needs. The surgery has some benefits and some limitations in what it can achieve for the abdominal contour. In order for us to assist you in achieving your ideal results, it may take hard work, good nutrition, and a stable weight prior to the procedure. We recommend a healthy diet and protein supplementation in the weeks prior to surgery. Realistic expectations are important.
Here are a few qualities Dr. McRae looks for in his patients.
Physically healthy and maintaining a stable weight
Not satisfied with your abdominal appearance
The information on this page is referenced from American Society of Plastic Surgery.
Campanile, Frank. “Tummy Tuck.” American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2018, www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/tummy-tuck.