Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Excess, inelastic skin that accumulates in the abdominal area can often be very difficult to eliminate, even if you are in relatively good shape and endure strict diet and exercise routines. The good news is, tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) can be very effective at removing extra skin and tightening the remainder for a firmer, flatter look to the stomach region. Dr. Zimmermann can help you achieve a slimmer and more fit appearance with advanced tummy tuck procedures.

Benefits of Abdominoplasty

Weight loss, recent pregnancy, heredity, and the natural aging process are all factors that can lead to an excess amount of skin in the abdomen. A tummy tuck works to eliminate this loose skin, tighten underlying muscles and give the abdomen a smoother, more toned appearance. This procedure can often be an ideal solution for both women and men when traditional weight loss methods have not helped to achieve desirable results.

A tummy tuck can be combined with liposuction, breast augmentation, and other procedures to give you a more comprehensive body makeover.

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Abdominoplasty Procedure

The technique chosen for abdominal rejuvenation obviously depends on many factors: the patient’s desires, the amount of fat or excess skin, and the amount of laxity of the muscles of the abdominal wall.

Liposuction simply contours the amount of excess fat. It does not tighten the skin, nor does it tighten the underlying muscle structures.

“Limited abdominoplasty” or “Mini abdominoplasty” usually consists of removal of a very small amount of skin and tightening of only a portion of the abdominal muscle. It is often combined with liposuction. The scar is smaller than that of a full abdominoplasty. The navel is not transposed as in a classic abdominoplasty, although it may be lowered conservatively. The ideal candidate for this procedure is a person with limited skin excess and minimal muscle laxity.

A “full” or “classic” abdominoplasty typically involves an incision along the pubic hair margin, carried out to the bony anterior prominences of the pelvis. The excess skin extending up to the umbilicus is removed and the abdominal muscles tightened. Depending on the patient, both the vertical muscles in the midline (“rectus”), and the “oblique” muscles laterally can be tightened, improving the waistline. The navel is typically repositioned in a full abdominoplasty procedure, after the upper abdominal flap is transposed.

Tummy tuck surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis. With recent advances in long acting local anesthetics, which can now last for several days, a patient’s comfort postoperatively is markedly improved. Most patients are able to resume normal daily routines after about one to two weeks; however each patient is different and recovery time will depend on your unique needs.

Contact the Aesthetic Surgery Center of Napa Valley

For more information on tummy tuck surgery, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zimmermann, please contact the Aesthetic Surgery Center of Napa Valley.