An abdominoplasty is commonly referred to as a tummy tuck. This procedure is designed to tighten the abdomen by removing loose skin, wrinkles, or stretch marks. There are three sub- categories under the abdominoplasty category—the mini tummy-tuck, the full tummy-tuck, and the endoscopic abdominal muscle tightening.
The mini tummy tuck is designed to remove excess skin from below the belly button. Dr. Frenzel makes a crescent type incision just above the pubic hairline, keeping the belly button unaltered. In addition, the muscles can be tightened in the lower abdomen.
A full abdominoplasty removes excess skin from the upper and lower abdomen as well as tightening the muscle structure. The incision location is the mid or lower abdomen under the belly button area. For this procedure, the skin is lifted up to the rib cage area. In addition, another small incision is made around the belly button itself so that it is free from the rest of the skin to be brought through another place on the abdomen. This step is necessary because the upper skin is pulled downward, tightened, and repositioned. Any excess skin is trimmed away and the abdomen is stitched back together with the lower skin.
During an edoscopic abdominal muscle tighten, the muscle structure is tightened. Candidates for this procedure are those who do not have excess loose skin, but have a pouch in their abdomen. For this procedure, a small incision is made in the belly button, an endoscope is inserted so Dr. Frenzel can see the muscles through a special monitor, then the muscles are tightened with sutures.
Each of these procedures is designed to remove excess fat and tighten muscles. In most cases, excess fat lies between the muscles and the skin is suctioned off with liposuction either before or along with the tummy tuck.
After a tummy tuck, patients are required to wear a firm compression support garment for about a month to six weeks. The effect of this garment is to achieve maximum shrinkage as well as a smoother appearance. Because of this, physical activities are limited.
The result of a tummy tuck is the removal of fatty bulk, which allows the area to appear smoother, flatter, and, thus, more pleasing in appearance. If you have excess skin, fatty deposits, and weak abdominal muscles resulting from weight gain during pregnancy, weight fluctuations, or hereditary causes, contact Dr. Frenzel today for a consultation.
During your meeting, Dr. Frenzel will go over all of the different procedures and options for your body. At this time, you can voice any concerns, ask any questions, and get feedback. Dr. Frenzel and his staff at Advanced Bariatric Surgery are ready to help you achieve maximum results. Not only does the tummy tuck affect your body, but you will notice a drastic difference in your self-confidence. Wear your clothes with confidence. With the help of Dr. Frenzel, you get a tight, smooth abdomen.