A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is body contouring surgery that targets your midsection and provides better shape to this area by removing excess skin and enhancing the natural lines of the waist. The best results are seen in patients who are fit and are at their ideal weight. It is important to point out that tummy tuck surgery is not a procedure meant to lose weight; rather, tummy tuck surgery is more about shaping your waist. In some cases, tummy tuck surgery will also address any wrinkly or loose skin seen in the lower abdomen and around the belly button.
It is common to perform tummy tuck surgery in conjunction with high-definition liposuction. This approach accentuates the contour of the waist and flanks, giving a more athletic appearance to your midsection. This is a great option for patients who not only need more flatness and definition of the lower abdomen, but also want to decrease the fullness of the flanks (also known as love handles.)
Ideal candidates have a body mass index between 18 and 30, have maintained a stable weight, and keep a healthy diet and exercise routine.
Tummy tuck surgery can reset the appearance of your midsection, specifically targeting the loose and wrinkly skin around the belly button, as well as any fullness or pleating of the flanks (also known as love handles). When high-definition liposuction is added to a tummy tuck, great results can be achieved by providing extra visual definition to the muscularity of the abdominal wall. When Dr. Gonzalez performs tummy tuck surgery he has the goal of delivering a toned and athletic appearance to your midsection.
Tummy tuck surgery is also a good procedure for patients who have lost a significant amount of weight and now need to better define the contour of their waist and midsection by addressing excess skin.
The surgery is performed by placing an incision between the two upper parts of your hip bones, in certain cases this incision can fall along your underwear or swimsuit line, but this can vary on a case-by-case basis. Through this incision the musculature of the abdominal wall is accessed, some stitches may be placed to tighten the underlying muscles along the waist, any excess skin is removed, and in certain situations the belly button can be repositioned.
High-definition liposuction can be used to then address any fullness of the flanks (love handles) and provide further visual definition of the musculature of the abdomen. As part of your recovery, a compression garment is usually worn to support the healing process.
The process begins with setting up a consultation with Dr. Gonzalez. This visit is very comprehensive, most of the time is dedicated to Dr. Gonzalez learning about your goals, reviewing your photos, and then putting together a specific plan for you. Depending on your goals, and your physical exam, Dr. Gonzalez will review which type of tummy tuck is best for you: a mini, traditional, or extended tummy tuck, and the benefits of adding high-definition liposuction.
Surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis in some cases, while some patients require an overnight stay.
The results of a tummy tuck are typically long-lasting, especially when your weight is stable with proper diet and exercise. A leaner and more contoured appearance to your midsection typically starts showing as your healing progresses. It is important to note that individual results may vary. It’s crucial to have realistic expectations when booking a consultation with Dr. Gonzalez and know that determining whether tummy tuck surgery is right for you will be determined during a consultation.