Pregnancy, weight gain and loss, and genetic predisposition can contribute to the development of excess skin and loose muscles in the midsection. Tummy tuck surgery, medically referred to as abdominoplasty, is a procedure designed to address these common concerns. However, there is a multitude of techniques available under the umbrella term “tummy tuck,” and the one that offers you the best possible result may not be the standard method. Dr. Neal Goldberg, our experienced plastic surgeon, will develop a customized treatment plan using the approach or series of approaches that can help you achieve your desired outcome, because he understands that “one-size-fits-all” rarely ever does.
In a basic tummy tuck, a long incision will be made from one hip to the other, typically low enough to be covered by most undergarments. From there, the lax muscles will be lifted to a more youthful location and tightened, the excess skin will be pulled taut and removed, and the belly button will be recreated. However, if you’re having a tummy tuck after bariatric surgery or dramatic weight loss, you may require a longer incision, perhaps even one that completely encircles your torso. If you’re particularly thin, you may have significantly loose muscles but little excess skin. In another example, you may require substantial liposuction and only a small amount of skin tissue removal. Everyone’s experience is unique, and Dr. Goldberg will take your singular anatomic needs and cosmetic goals in mind when planning the surgical approach.
The correct procedure, according to Dr. Goldberg, is the one that can optimize your outcome. If you’re interested in learning more about his personal approach to tummy tuck surgery, or if you would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.