Body Contouring Plastic Surgery Procedures
Patients who have experienced significant fluctuations in weight, whether due to regular diet and exercise, successful weight loss surgery, or a previous pregnancy, may often have stretched, sagging skin and weakened abdominal muscles left behind. An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck procedure, can remove that excess skin and tighten the underlying muscles, eliminating the proverbial ‘pooch’ and restoring the torso to a slimmer and more contoured appearance. Additionally, a tummy tuck is frequently a central element of a mommy makeover, a combination of body contouring plastic surgery procedures that typically also includes a breast reduction or lift and liposuction, designed to help restore a woman’s body to its pre-pregnancy form.
Patients who are in relatively good physical condition but are still troubled by excess, sagging skin and a minor ‘pooching out’ of the lower belly caused by a stretching of the lower abdominal muscles may benefit more from a less invasive partial abdominoplasty, or mini-tummy tuck. Focusing only on the limited area above the pubic mound and below the belly button, a mini-tummy tuck can improve the appearance of the midsection with significantly less scarring and post-operative recovery time.
Men and women who are troubled by small, hard to reach areas of isolated fat that cannot be easily eliminated through diet and exercise may be able to find relief in advanced liposuction techniques. Liposuction improves the body’s contour by removing fat cells that lie between the skin and muscle, typically in the chin or neck, abdomen, thighs and hips, knees, arms, buttocks, calves or ankles. Liposuction should not be used as a substitute for a healthy diet and regular exercise program, and is not an effective way to achieve generalized weight loss. However it can be an excellent means to address specific areas of concern that have proven resistant to other methods.