Tummy Tuck Incisions
Tummy tuck surgery, abdominoplasty, can flatten your abdomen by removing loose, excess fat and skin and tightening muscles in the abdominal wall. It can also remove some if not all of the stretch marks in your lower abdomen. It is popular following pregnancy, massive weight loss or whenever a flabby abdomen with weak muscles impairs body contour. Most patients report improved self-esteem as a result of this procedure. Tummy tuck surgery sometimes requires a rather large incision. The size and location of tummy tuck incisions depends on the type of tummy tuck procedure you receive. The two primary tummy tuck methods are:
Full Abdominoplasty Incisions
In addition to the incision across the lower abdomen, a traditional tummy tuck involves an incision around the navel. Excess skin is removed, muscles are tightened and liposuction may be used to contour the abdomen. This surgery removes skin from above the navel down to the pubic area that has been compromised by pregnancies, genetic laxity or obesity.
Mini Abdominoplasty Incisions
A single incision is made in the pubic area, which will be placed as low as possible and can range from a few inches to the entire span of your abdomen. Through this incision, Dr. Serota removes excess skin, tightens slack muscles and sometimes uses liposuction to further refine the area. The ideal candidate for a mini tummy tuck has laxity and protrusion below the navel. A mini tummy tuck is usually recommended for those who have always been in fairly good shape but cannot achieve their final aesthetic goals with diet and exercise.
There are different kinds of tummy tucks to address different kinds of aesthetic complaints. All incisions are carefully planned prior to surgery to improve the chances that the resulting scars will be easily hidden beneath underwear, bikinis and other swim wear. In Denver, Dr. Serota can help you determine if a tummy tuck is the best way for you to achieve a sleeker figure. If you would like more information about abdominoplasty or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Serota, contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com.