Both men and women have a hard time losing the pooch and/or sagging skin in their tummy. Women seek this procedure after childbirth to flatten the belly and remove the sagging stretched out skin. Women and men who have significant weight loss similarly have stretched out skin and belly muscles and benefit from a tummy tuck/ abdominoplasty procedure.
A tummy tuck will address both the sagging skin and the laxity in the muscle layer. An incision is made at the lowest point on the abdomen. The skin and fat is lifted off the muscle layer up to the rib cage. The skin and fat is pulled down like a bedsheet and the extra skin is removed. The more loose skin removed the longer the incision/scar which translates to a tighter more aesthetically pleasing result. The length of the scar is determined by how much extra skin you have. The muscles are tightened by stitching them closer together. Tightening the muscles makes the belly flatter.
There are always exceptions to the rule. In a few people they may have loose muscles creating a pooch but not a lot of extra skin. Some may benefit from a mini tummy tuck which tightens the belly muscles and removes extra skin located below the belly button. An endoscopic tuck can be performed by making a small incision and tightening the muscles to make it flatter with a small incision at the bottom of the belly.
Many patients decide to perform other procedures at the same time as a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty.
• Liposuction to further improve the body contours
• Breast surgery to enhance the appearance of the breasts at the same time as the belly-“Mommy Makeover”
• Fat Transfer. Transferring fat that is being removed anyways and reusing it in areas where greater fullness is desired, such as the face, breasts or butt.
• Combining a tummy tuck with a buttock lift also called a “total body lift”
There are a variety of options. Not all tummy tucks are equal. At Burbank Plastic Surgery we combine our artistic talents, experience and surgical abilities to customize each procedure for each individual patient. All patients come in different shapes and sizes with differing amounts of excess skin and muscle laxity with different medical histories. Our goal is to get you the results you want as safely and as fast as possible.