What is a tummy tuck?

Abdominoplasty. An abdominoplasty, commonly called a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure to remove loose, excess skin from the abdominal wall and tighten muscles of the stomach that typically loosen with changes in weight or pregnancy. This is not a substitute for weight loss and is very common to fix a woman's (or man's) "muffin top" or the appearance of the waist after finishing having children.
Abdominoplasty. An abdominoplasty is generally a two part procedure that tightens your abdominal muscles (stretched usually from pregnancy) and removal of excess skin and fat.
TT candidate. Patients who are healthy but have EXCESS SKIN OR FAT that does not respond to diet and exercise. Patients who have undergone SIGNIFICANT WEIGHT LOSS and have hanging skin. Women with loose skin and stretch marks FOLLOWING PREGNANCY. Anyone with LOSS OF SKIN ELASTICITY. Patients who are unable to tighten the abdominal wall with exercise are candidates for a TT.
Abdominoplasty. Good afternoon! A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a very commonly performed procedure usually coupled with liposuction to remove excess fat and skin from the abdomen. Many surgeons also combine a tightening of the internal fascia layer to further flatten the stomach. There are different types and incision lengths depending upon the amount of tissue to be excised. I hope this helps.
Tummy tuck. Simply put, a tummy tuck removes excess skin from the abdomen using scars that can be hidden under most types of clothing and tightens lax muscle on the abdominal wall.
Skin/muscle/fat out. A tummy tuck is the lay term for an abdominoplasty. An individual's shape is determined by several factors such as: the skeleton, muscles, visceral components (organs), fat, and skin laxity. Following pregnancy or weight loss, it is quite common to have loose skin that cannot be eliminated without surgical excision. Muscle separation (diastasis) is commonly associated with this & localized hip fat.
Plastic surgery. A tummy tuck will remove extra skin and fat from the lower abdominal wall. This will tighten up the skin and make it look flat. It's best used for "muffin tops" and post pregnancy sagging of the skin. Liposuction is the alternative. Ask a plastic surgeon which procedure may be best for you.
Great Operation. Great operation for the right patient; the “ideal” patient for tummy tuck surgery is one who has completed pregnancies, is medically/psycho socially/emotionally/financially stable,  has an excellent social support system surrounding him/her,  does not smoke, is capable of arranging enough recovery time and who has reached a long-term stable weight. Best wishes.  .
Tummy Tuck. Tummy tuck surgery is an operation to tighten the abdominal wall and remove/reduce fat and skin that commonly loosely hangs after weight loss or childbirth.
See video link below. There are many types of tummy tuck: laparoscopic, endocorporeal, endoscopic, micro, mini, marriage, full, extended that all vary depending on the extent of the skin incision, muscle repair, and fat removal. See this video for a description: http://www. Youtube. Com/watch? V=djmer5b5bx4&feature=youtube_gdata_player.
Abdominoplasty surg. "tummy tuck" is the lay description for surgical abdominoplasty, which is removal of the loose, stretched abdominal skin with tightening of the underlying abdominal wall muscles (rectus sheath plication). After pregnancy or weight loss, and if family is done, liposuction may be an option, but more commonly tummy tuck is the best option. Mini-tucks may fit in-between but often yield poor results.
Simple Description. The rectus abdominis muscle is the vertical muscle in the middle of your abdomen. If your rectus abdominis muscles are separated, a repair of the muscle tightens that gap by stitching it together. It functions much the same as how shoe laces work in a shoe.
Tummy Tuck. Weight loss, pregnancy and genetics are all factors that can cause the tummy to develop loose, sagging skin. In a tummy tuck procedure, the plastic surgeon removes excess skin and repairs the weakened muscles in order to restore a flat, smooth appearance to the abdomen.
A nice procedure. A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that is most commonly appropriate for women that have loose skin after a pregancny. But we also perform it in peopl who have lost weight, or have a good amount of 'looseness" in their abdomen. Sometimes that looseness is just skin and sometimes it involves the muscles as well. You should talk to an experienced plastic surgeon to go over all your options well.
Abdominoplasty. Tummy tuck is the popular word for abdominoplasty which is a cosmetic surgery to improve the shape of the abdomen. It does three things: removes excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen, tightens the muscles and repositions the umbilicus. It is for patients who have normal weight and are done having children.
Varies. Most have the skin and fat between the belly button and pubis all the way across the front of the abdomen removed then the 6 pack (rectus) muscles are tightened with stitches, the upper abdominal skin is stretched done to cover the entire abdomen while making a new opening for the belly button. Thus, there is one long transverse scar along the lower abdomen and one around the belly button.
Several goals. The primary goals of a tummy tuck are the following: 1) correction of separated abdominal muscles by suturing them together to flatten the abdomen. 2) removing loose stretched skin. 3) +/- liposuction of the flanks for waist definition. 4) removal of lower abdominal stretch marks.

Related Questions

Can the scar fade some what after a tummy tuck?

Maybe. Scars will fade over time. It depends on how long ago your surgery was as to whether it will continue to fade.
Scars. Do fade with time, but it takes about a year. If your incision is recent, there is a new breakthrough dressing, called "embrace", which can help the scar look it's best, if it is used early in the healing process. Otherwise, avoidance of sun on the scar, scar massage, and a silicone based scar product are the standard methods for optimizing healing.

What is involved with tummy tuck?

Several things. Abdominoplasty is done to tighten the muscles of the abdomen, which have usually been stretched by pregnancy or massive weight gain, and to remove excess fat and skin from the abdominal wall. It is a big operation with a long incision just above the pubic hair that extends from hipbone to hipbone. You should make sure you are done having children before considering this operation.
Tummy Tuck. Weight loss, pregnancy, genetics are all factors that can cause the tummy to develop loose, sagging skin. The Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) procedure can remove excess fat and and skin off your belly without diet or exercise.
Varies. Most have the skin and fat between the belly button and pubis all the way across the front of the abdomen removed then the 6 pack (rectus) muscles are tightened with stitches, the upper abdominal skin is stretched done to cover the entire abdomen while making a new opening for the belly button. Thus, there is one long transverse scar along the lower abdomen and one around the belly button.
Tummy Tucks. All types of tummy tucks get rid of loose skin between the belly button and pubic hairline. A "full" Tummy Tuck will also remove fat tissue and tighten the muscles in the abdomen. If you do not need muscle work, there is a procedure which is designed to only remove the loose skin (a dermolipectomy). Consider consulting with a board certified plastic surgeon who uses the Lockwood te.

What's the difference between tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and liposuction?

Big difference. A tummy tuck removes the excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen, and pulls the skin from the upper abdomen down to tighten it up. Liposuction removes the fat from under the skin with a sharp edged suction device placed through a small incision or series of small incisions, and does not remove any skin.
Tuck -vs- Lipo. The safest procedure for fat removal is a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise. When diet and exercise are not enough; then liposuction is helpful for problem fat areas. Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to remove lax skin of the lower abdomen, tighten abdominal wall muscles of the abdomen and contour the waist line. Abdominoplasty can be improved with addition of liposuction.
Huge.... Liposuction is a simple operation to remove fat. It doesn't affect much else. Tummy tuck surgery is larger scale surgery to tighten the abdominal wall, and remove skin and fat. It tightens at the expense of a longer operation leaving a longer scar with a longer period of recuperation. Http://www. Cosmeticsurgerytruth. Com/blog/? p=45.
Tummy Tuck. Tummy tuck and liposuction are distinctly different procedures. Liposuction removes fat between the skin and muscle, while a tummy tuck removes skin and tightens the muscle. Seek consultation with a surgeon certified by the american board of plastic surgery.
Comprehensive v fat. Whereas the abdominoplasty treats all components of the abdominal wall (skin, fat and muscle), liposuction only removes fat and does not address loose skin or separated muscles.
Lipo vs. Tuck. Tummy tuck and liposuction are two different procedures with different indications. A tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat, and tightens the abdominal muscles. Liposuction removes only fat. Both can give excellent results for propoperly selected patients.
4 Different patients. If you have great, elastic skin - but a little abdominal fat - then lipo is perfect for you. If you have loose skin, stretch marks and muscle separation ("diastasis"), then you need a tummy tuck. One operation doesn't replace the other.
Very Different. Although both operations involve abdominal wall contouring, they are very different in nature, indications, and recovery. Liposuction removes adipose tissue from the subcutaneous layer of the abdomen; tummy tuck surgery removes excess skin and re approximates abdominal wall muscles as well. Best to seek consultation with board certified plastic surgeons for good advice.
Lipo vs Tuck. The main diference between liposuction and a tummy tuck, is that a tummy tuck removes excess skin, stretch marks, and tightens the muscles, as liposuction does not.
Quite a bit. An abdominoplasty that I perform involves three main things- 1. Skin removal and tightening 2. Muscle tightening 3. Liposuction of flanks for the abdominal region, the typical candidate for liposuction only is less than 40 years, has had no pregnancies and no stretch marks. However these have to be catered to the patient and I suggest a consultation with a plastic surgeon.

What amount for a tummy tuck and thigh lift at same time in new york?

Shop around. Charges for cosmetic surgery is very variable, first you have to find your plastic surgeon, if you want that particular plastic surgeon, will tell the fee. Some times may even see provide free consult.
Longer Recovery. It's possible to do two procedures at the same time, but the recovery time will be extended. Please find a board-certified plastic surgeon and visit for a consultation. During consultation, the surgeon will give you the best solution.

What happens when your tummy tuck is pulled by pregnancy?

Variable. Some women tighten back down quite nicely after a pregnancy. Others require another abdominoplasty to tighten the abdominal wall and remove any additional excess skin.
Stretches again. I have had at least three patients that I know who have become pregnant after a tummy tuck. I have repeated the tummy tuck on one. No one had any pregnancy or delivery problems.
Stretching again. It is optimal to have tummy tuck surgery once you have completed childbearing. The results of surgery can be diminished by pregnancy afterward. The ability to repair it after future pregnancy can vary as well. Fortunately, this is a rare problem.
Differs. Some patients "bounce back” nicely after pregnancy; some patients benefit from revisionary surgery tummy tuck surgery after pregnancy. Factors such as genetics and degree of weight gain/loss come into play.
It stretches. Tummy tucks (witch hazel) do not inhibit pregnancy, or the abdomens ability to stretch. If the belly recoils weel, the result is often good. If the skin and muscle do not recoil, the abdominal wall may need to be tightened again. This is why it is best until after child bearing to have a tummy tuck.
1 of 3 things. 1) everything shrinks back to normal. (the ideal). 2) everything gets stretched (the last thing you want) 3) a little skin stretch, a little muscle separation (most people fall into this group).

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is better; a tummy tuck or thermage treatment?

Depends. Thermage is reported to tighten skin. Tummy tuck can be a very powerful operation. It's for those folks with extra skin and soft tissue. Many want the excess taken away. Some just want to fit into pants better. The abdominal muscles may also have spread out with pregnancy or just over time. The plication sews them back together. This flattens the tummy. See a board certified plastic surgeon.
Thermage for minimum. Thermage is usually indicated for subtle skin laxity without muscle separation or localized fatty deposits. It typically will produce about a 10-15% improvement when compared to a tummy tuck. For a very minor problem, it may be useful. Otherwise the vast majority of patients will see vast improvements with a tummy tuck. Discuss with a board certified plastic surgeon who can perform both.

What's the benefit of a tummy tuck by thermage?

Not surgery. Thermage may tighten the skin, but it should not be considered a tummy tuck. Thermage is not a surgical procedure and does not get the same results you would get with surgery. That said, it is not surgery so there is less downtime and anesthetic risk to go with the lower results.
Minimal! If you need a tummy tuck, thermage will not provide any improvement even close to real surgery. The only "benefit" is to whomever you pay for the no down-time treatment (s) since you will still truly need a surgical tummy tuck! So if you like the idea of spending money and high expectation for scant to no result, choose thermage. If you want a real result, choose a plastic surgeon and a tummy tuck!
Not surgery. Maybe you read an ad or something. There is no "tummy tuck by thermage" except perhaps in the advertisement you read. Thermage affect the skin only and only the surface. Don't expect much.
Minimal to None. Be very careful about nonsurgical modalities that promise “tummy tuck” results. These modalities end up wasting patients' time/resources. Tummy tuck surgery involves removal of “excess” skin/fatty tissue and re approximation of abdominal wall muscles that may have spread with pregnancy and/or weight gain/loss. I hope this helps.
Tummy tuck. Unfortunately, there is no non-surgical treatment that would eliminate the need for a tummy tuck if it is indicated.
Not comparable. Thermage, and machines like it, give a very minor tightening effect to the skin. It's not really even honestly comparable to the dramatic improvement you can get with a tummy tuck. While it sounds appealing to avoid surgery, the truth is that most people are disappointed with these non-surgical methods.

What are the dangers of tummy tucks (witch hazel)?

Safe procedure. Tummy tucks (witch hazel) are generally safe procedures in healthy patients. Risks include bleeding, infection, delayed wound healing, swelling, and bruising. Major complications are rare.
Yes, but... No more than any other operation. Go to a board certified plastic surgeon at an accredited facility and you should be fine.
Many. There are many risks associated with tummy tuck surgery. These include the risk of infection, bleeding, fluid accumulation, intra-abdominal injury, abdominal wall or umbilical tissue necrosis, wound healing problems, deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and even death. During the consultation process, you will likely hear/read about additional risk/potential complications. Best wishes.
Few common ones. Skin necrosis, infection, seroma, dissatisfaction, numbness. Use only an ABPS-certified (or eligible) surgeon, member of ASPS or ASAPS.