A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure that is quickly becoming more popular as more men and women realize its potential benefits. Most commonly, a tummy tuck can help you recover your waistline after pregnancy or dramatic weight loss, but the procedure is also popular for resolving diastasis recti (a separation of the abdominal muscles) and removing excess fatty tissue. To ensure the best tummy tuck results, you can customize your procedure in several ways that address your individual needs.
1. Include Liposuction for Enhanced Contouring
While a tummy tuck can remove a limited amount of fatty tissue from the stomach area, if persistent fat is a concern of yours, you may benefit more from a combination of a tummy tuck and liposuction. Liposuction can permanently reduce fat cells in the abdomen and help streamline your contours for a slimmer waist and more pronounced abdominal muscles.
2. Request a Mini Tummy Tuck
If your contouring needs are minimal, there’s no reason you’ll have to undergo a full tummy tuck to see great results. A mini tummy tuck uses a slightly smaller incision and a less aggressive approach to address only the lower abdomen. While this procedure will not resolve skin laxity or abdominal separation above the belly button, a mini tummy tuck can tighten the lower abdominal muscles and skin.
3. Make It a Body Lift
A body lift is a more extensive procedure often designed for weight loss patients. In addition to all the benefits of a full tummy tuck, you’ll also enjoy slimmer, tighter contours in the thighs and buttocks. This combination approach is ideal for patients with significant skin laxity because the scare goes all the way around the lower body.
A board-certified plastic surgeon with a wealth of experience, Dr. Meade’s enthusiasm for cosmetic surgery is immediately clear when you first meet him. He puts patients at ease with his warm smile, vast knowledge and individualized attention to detail.
He is dedicated to staying current on the very latest techniques and procedures available in the field of cosmetic surgery. In conversation with Dr. Meade, you clearly can see that cosmetic surgery is more than just his career, but his passion.