Abdominoplasty, often referred to as a “tummy tuck”, is a procedure that tightens the abdomen or stomach area, in manner that could never be obtained by simply going to the gym. During surgery, the rectus abdominus muscles are tightened and the excess skin and fatty tissue is removed. A beautiful new belly button is then created to complete the transformation. The result, is a flatter, firmer, tighter and younger “tummy” that is expertly contoured in order to create a desirable shape. This procedure is most commonly performed on women after they have had all their children. Most women find it is impossible to get rid of the extra skin at the lowest part of their abdomen despite aggressive diet and exercise. Abdominoplasty surgery is also commonly performed on patients who have experienced massive weight loss, for example, patients who have undergone bariatric (stomach shrinking) surgery. After major weight loss, most people end up with an excessive amount of loose skin, especially in the belly area. By removing this redundant skin, a patient can greatly improve not only the appearance of their body but also the quality of their life.

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Abdominoplasty Surgery

An abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure, and it is performed under general anesthesia. It is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. At the start of the surgery an incision is made low on the abdomen in an attempt to hide the incision line as low as possible below the bikini line. Excess skin and fatty tissue is then removed and the abdominal wall muscles are tightened in the midline in order to give a firm result. Although not every procedure requires it, in most cases supplemental liposuction in the flank are significantly improves the final contour.

After Abdominoplasty Surgery

Following surgery, drains are commonly used for approximately one week. In addition, a compression binder is worn for comfort. Patients may experience some discomfort and swelling immediately following the surgery, however this improves quickly over a few days. While walking is encouraged at all times in order to facilitate blood flow in the legs, exercise is not permitted until three weeks following the procedure.

Types of Abdominoplasty Surgery

The type of abdominoplasty surgery a person receives generally depends on the amount of excess skin they have in their upper and lower abdomen. For patients with a large amount of loose skin, a complete or even an extended abdominoplasty might be recommended. However, for patients that have minimal excess skin on their bellies, usually below the navel region, occasionally a mini abdominoplasty is possible:

  • Complete abdominoplasty: The surgeon makes an incision from one hipbone to the other, contouring the skin, fatty tissue, and muscle as necessary. The belly button is repositioned and the patient requires drainage tubes for approximately one week.
  • Partial or mini abdominoplasty: Mini-abdominoplasties are typically performed on patients that have a small excess of skin and fatty tissue that is confined to the lower abdominal area only. This type of abdominoplasty typically does not require the navel to be moved. In addition, a partial abdominoplasty is a shorter procedure with a faster recovery.

Why Choose Dr. Robert Morin

Dr. Morin has an extensive amount of experience performing abdominoplasty surgery. The specific techniques he uses were taught to him by world renowned experts in the field. Dr. Morin now flawlessly executes these techniques on patients in the New York and New Jersey area in order to help both men and women gain back the natural beauty they lost following either pregnancy or massive weight loss. Some of these innovative techniques include unique ways to create beautiful belly buttons, more effective management of the lower abdominal fat and secure methods to tighten the abdominal wall as much as possible. The results are often dramatic and exceptional.

When making the decision to undergo abdominoplasty surgery it is important to choose a skilled plastic surgeon with experience in cosmetic surgery and abdominal wall reconstruction. Dr. Robert Morin is an experienced board certified plastic surgeon that makes patients’ safety and personal satisfaction his top priorities. If you are in the New York or New Jersey area, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Morin’s office for a consultation. Along with his highly trained staff, Dr. Morin will help you achieve your goals.

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