One of the best procedures to effect a youthful change to the body is a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty. A tummy tuck is the surgical removal of excess skin or fatty deposits from the abdomen, along with the repositioning of abdomen muscles into a tighter formation. Sometimes liposuction is added to give a “washboard” or “6-pack” appearance to the abdomen, commonly called abdominal etching.
Weight fluctuations, changes brought about from pregnancy and resistant fat deposits (despite exercise) lead many patients, men and women, to seek this abdominal contouring procedure. In the case of post-pregnancy patients, the procedure is helpful in remedying the vertical separation of abdomen muscles known as diastasis.
Mini-abdominoplasties are performed for lower abdominal laxity that occurs with stretching the infraumbilical region of the abdomen. The laxity is tightened with internal sutures and utilizes a smaller incision with a minimal amount of skin resection. This type of surgery can often be performed under outpatient conditions in conjunction with liposculpture of the upper and outer abdomen.