Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, removes fatty deposits and excess skin from the abdominal area, resulting in a flatter tummy and sleeker silhouette. This plastic surgery procedure also involves tightening the underlying abdominal muscles which further flattens and strengthens the abdominal area.
Clients presenting for tummy tuck surgery are often women dissatisfied with their appearance after multiple pregnancies left them with a permanently protruding abdomen, or older, slightly obese individuals whose abdominal skin has lost some of its elasticity. Good candidates for this procedure will be in good overall health, of normal to slightly above average weight, and frustrated by fatty deposits or loose skin that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise.
During this surgery, Dr. Bedford makes a wide incision along the lower abdomen, then removes the excess skin and fat from the tummy area. She tightens any weak or bulging abdominal muscles before redistributing the skin to cover the entire abdomen. Sometimes, the navel will need to be relocated to a higher position to create the most natural finished effect. Then incision is closed, with the resulting scar located well below the bikini or bathing suit line. Though this procedure requires a big incision, the resulting scar will fade over time and nearly all patients feel that the joys of having a tighter, flatter abdomen far outweigh any concern over scarring.
For additional information on Tummy Tuck / Abdominoplasty, visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons for this procedure.