Distended skin is removed, the abdominal musculature reinforced, and the lower abdomen “rejuvenated”. The appearance and profile of the lower abdomen may be improved by removing skin folds, scarring and stretch marks.
Patients who gained or lost significant weight often have excess skin tissue around the abdomen which obscures their silhouette. Following a pregnancy, the abdominal muscles may also have loosened (abdominal muscle diastasis). Both issues can be corrected during an abdominoplasty procedure to improve the shape of the abdomen in this area.
The removal of fat using liposuction can be a powerful technique to improve the results of an abdominoplasty. Patients who are deemed good candidates for an abdominoplasty might also want to address bothersome fat deposits such as the flanks (love handles), bra roll (mid- or upper back), posterior flanks or lower back (muffin top), lateral chest wall and hips, as well as other areas of the body (such as thighs). Combining liposuction with an abdominoplasty (lipoabdominoplasty) can provide impressive results by creating better contouring and reaching the desired hourglass shape. Liposuction can also be used to define the underlying musculature by removing fat selectively (a procedure known as Hi Def liposuction).
This term refers to a modified and less extensive abdominoplasty that may be appropriate in some patients with minor skin excess. The advantages are a smaller scar and a shorter recovery time.
The combination of an abdominoplasty with breast surgery (mastopexy, augmentation or reduction) is amicably referred to as a “mommy makeover”. Frequently, women who have had children experience unwanted changes in both the breast and abdominal areas. Procedures to improve contour in both areas can be safely combined in a single surgical procedure to provide maximal results with shorter downtime.