Better known as a tummy tuck, abdominoplasty is one of the fastest-growing plastic surgery procedures – and for good reason. When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Thomas Nguyen at an accredited surgery center like the Institute of Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery’s facility in the Fountain Valley Regional Hospital outpatient building, the results are very predictable, and the process is safe. Moreover, tummy tuck treatment in Fountain Valley CA at ICRS may be the only way to gain or restore your slim silhouette and attractive curves.
When tummy fat doesn’t respond to diet or exercise
You may find yourself struggling to lose excess around the middle. Perhaps, your post-baby body is not bouncing back the way you thought it should no matter how hard you work out or how well you eat. For starters, fat may not be the only problem. When you lose weight, your skin may not conform to your new contours due to laxity that becomes more of an issue as we get older and experience age-related skin changes. The abdominoplasty procedure, skillfully tailored to your unique needs and goals for treatment, addresses not only stubborn fat but also lax skin and muscles. Diet and exercise alone don’t remove excess skin or tighten muscles. Tummy tucks do it all; excess fatty deposits and skin may be removed and weak or separated muscles restored to create a profile that is smooth, firm, and attractive. Clothes will drape better. You’ll be more comfortable, and you’ll wear the clothes rather than them wearing you, due in part to newfound or restored confidence.
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While many mothers have experienced excellent results with tummy tucks – alone or combined with other mommy makeover procedures – abdominoplasty is also ideal for healthy individuals who are bothered by:
- Age-related changes brought on by skin-related laxity or sagging, as well as changes to how fat is distributed throughout the body
- Lifelong paunches – You and your family members may be genetically predisposed to a protruding belly
- Post-weight loss troubles – If you’ve had major weight loss, congratulations! The team at ICRS wants you to enjoy your successes to the fullest and will remove excess skin that can take the thrill out of your weight loss achievements.
A tummy tuck technique for every patient
The abdominoplasty is not a single procedure, but rather several variations customized to your needs. Following that all-important consultation, Dr. Nguyen will recommend either a standard tummy tuck, or the mini-tuck or extended-tuck.
The mini procedure is generally more affordable but may only be suitable for very small patients or those who have very little skin removed. Overall, the smaller the procedure is in scope, the quicker you can get back to normal activities. On average, the procedure takes about three hours. You’ll receive lots of information on post-surgical care, as well as how to maintain those restored or newfound curves with a healthy lifestyle and weight management. To see if you’re a suitable candidate for abdominoplasty or other body-shaping procedures available at ICRS, call (714) 421-4022 to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Nguyen.
- The mini-tuck targets the lower abdomen between the tissue that covers the pubic bones and the belly button. It involves a small incision between the hipbones, which is well-hidden by bathing suits and other garments. With access to underlying muscles and tissues, Dr. Nguyen can then tighten and repair muscles and remove excess.
- The standard tuck includes incisions that are used to remove most of the tissues between the belly button and the pubic region, and to tighten the fascia or connective tissue over the abdominal muscle. Whereas the mini alternative doesn’t touch the belly button, full abdominoplasty also repositions the skin around the belly button – bringing it through a small incision that is sutured or closed back into its normal position. The remaining hip-to-hip incision and scarring is concealed along the natural creasing at the bikini line.
- With an extended tummy tuck, the incision goes up as far as is necessary to remove loose abdominal skin. If this laxity is significant, the incision may extend further to the sides, so the incision length is longer than that required for a traditional standard treatment.