Shedding significant weight can be life-changing. Even after hard work and lifestyle changes, many people still face challenging body contour issues due to excess skin and fat pockets. Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgery can target multiple concerns for the midsection after weight loss.
Skin is incredibly resilient and often retracts somewhat when body weight fluctuates. However, substantial weight loss (50 pounds or more) might leave you with an apron of skin along the lower abdomen, stretch marks, and even lax abdominal muscles.
Tummy tucks can sculpt a person’s figure to reveal the more toned, slimmer form they’ve worked hard to earn. Aesthetx offers transformative cosmetic surgery options for the abdomen, including full and mini tummy tucks.
Read on to consider whether an abdominoplasty could help you feel more confident and love your shape again.
What is a Full Abdominoplasty?
The experts at Aesthetx use a Brazilian technique called the Saldanha abdominoplasty. This method, also called “lipoabdominoplasty,” provides dramatic reshaping because it combines excess skin removal with liposuction sculpting.
An incision is made along the lower belly to reduce the sagging skin between the navel and pelvic bone. The vertical rectus muscles can be pulled together like a corset to reduce space between them and slim the waistline.
Liposuction for the midsection/flanks reduces subcutaneous fat and ensures that a strong, toned abdomen can be revealed.
During a full abdominoplasty, the belly button is also reconstructed. The result is a smooth, firm, and tight abdomen and waist— often a stunning transformation.
What is a Mini Abdominoplasty?
When sagging skin and pockets of fat are localized just in the lower abdomen below the belly button, a mini tummy tuck can be sufficient to flatten and reshape the abdomen.
This variation of tummy tuck uses a smaller incision and doesn’t affect tissue above the belly button. It can be an excellent option for those in good shape with a relatively good skin tone and only minor muscle separation or excess skin in the lower midsection.
Modified Tummy Tuck
At Aesthetx, a specialized, hybrid type of abdominoplasty can target significant muscle separation to slim and flatten the tummy without removing significant skin.
Some patients who have given birth are left with a rounded, protruding belly due to diastasis recti, though their skin is still elastic and toned.
An endoscopic camera will be inserted through a small incision above the pubic bone and around the navel. This allows access to the muscles underneath and leaves minimal scarring.
Tummy Tuck Recovery
Your procedure should take between 3-4 hours and will be performed in our beautiful, fully accredited surgical facility. We use pain pumps placed deep in the abdominal tissue to help limit discomfort and make the recovery process much smoother.
Tummy tuck surgery is an outpatient procedure, so you can go home with a friend or family member the same day. Most patients take two weeks off work and will have a few temporary activity restrictions until they are completely healed.
Schedule Your Consultation for Tummy Tuck At Aesthetx
At Aesthetx, we’re renowned for providing welcoming, in-depth, and informative consultations. There’s no obligation to you, and we’ll ensure you can ask all your questions and share your concerns and goals. Weight loss is an impressive achievement, and loose skin shouldn’t hold you back from enjoying your healthy new form. We can help. Get started by calling (408) 559-7177 or contacting us online today.