Restore Your Body
Tummy tuck and liposuction are some of the most common surgical procedures I perform as an Albuquerque plastic surgeon to improve the abdominal contour. Many people work hard to get in shape but still have to live with their unattractive abdomen. It may be extensive stretch marks, or the extra skin hanging over the lower abdomen, it may also be the muscle weakness allowing the bulging of the lower tummy, or it may be simply too much fatty excess. So, what can tummy tuck and/or liposuction do for your abdominal contour?
Before I recommend a surgical procedure, I would always question whether dieting and exercise have been tried to achieve as much weight loss as possible if the patients are indeed overweight. Abdominoplasty is not a weight reduction operation. Rather, it is a contour improving operation. They do not need to be in the ideal body weight. However, it would certainly help in getting better results. Weight loss will also eliminate or reduce the need for liposuction of the abdomen.
Tin summary, liposuction in general is for the fatty deposit of the abdomen whereas tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is mainly for the laxity of skin. Therefore, typically liposuction and tummy tuck are not interchangeable in most situations. Liposuction will reduce the fatty deposit but will not tighten skin. Tummy tuck, on the other hand, can tighten significantly both the skin and the rectus muscle to achieve a much flatter abdomen.
Some people, especially men, have significant fat inside the belly. You could feel the bulge under the muscle layer. This problem cannot be solved by either liposuction or tummy tuck. Good old fashioned diet and exercise is the first step for this situation. After this is done, tummy tuck can then improve the abdominal contour if there is still laxity of skin.
Abdominoplasty Following Massive Weight Loss
After massive weight loss, most people are bothered by excess skin at their abdomen. This can be addressed by abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck. Not only can the excess skin be removed, the laxity of muscles can be tightened and the abdomen flattened. The trade off is that there will be a long scar at the lower abdomen. Vast majority of people with massive weight loss do not have any problems accepting these scars.
As usual, all surgical plans need to customized for each patient. Call our office to make an appointment for your personal consultation.
Albuquerque Abdominoplasty Surgery Options
In abdominoplasty, two main goals are achieved to result in a firmer and more toned appearance. The first step is to remove excess skin and the second is to tighten the abdominal muscles (rectus abdominis). We take pride in helping our clients feel more confident wearing clothing they have not been able to wear for many years due to their abdominal deformity. For women following pregnancy, an abdominoplasty can help regain self-confidence and a pre-pregnancy body. That is why abdominoplasty is consistently one of the most rewarding operations in cosmetic surgery.
When there is excess fatty deposits at the flanks, we can perform liposuction at the same time there. However, I generally do not perform liposuction at the upper abdomen at the same time of abdominoplasty. Doing so can potentially reduce the circulation at the skin edges, which can in turn cause problems in healing.
Recently, Exparel (an emulsified Marcain solution) have gained significant popularity in post-operative pain management. Exparel is not an opioid and provides an extended numbing effect of the surgical area. Discuss with us in your consultation to determine whether you are a good candidate.