After completing dual fellowship training in bariatric weight loss surgery and cosmetic plastic surgery, Dr. Frenzel offers a wide variety of cosmetic procedures and surgeries to ensure that patients have the confidence and silhouette they have always wanted.
An abdominoplasty is commonly referred to as a tummy tuck. This procedure is designed to remove loose skin, stretch marks, and wrinkles from the abdomen and at times requires tightening of the abdomen muscles.
After having children, aging, or losing a significant amount of weight, patients most often come to Dr. Frenzel with a desire to tone their tummy. Diet and exercise are key factors in maintaining a healthy body. However, there are stubborn areas that resist change after significant events such as pregnancy. This is where Dr. Frenzel can help. The tummy tuck rids the abdomen of fatty bulk and allows for a smoother, flatter, and more aesthetically appealing appearance.
To ensure that patients receive proper treatment, Dr. Frenzel schedules an initial consultation, where it is determined whether a mini tummy tuck or full tummy tuck is required. The mini abdominoplasty is designed to remove excess skin from below the belly button. This procedure requires a crescent-type incision above the pubic hairline. With the mini tummy tuck, the belly button is typically unaltered.
In the full abdominoplasty, however, a small incision is made around the belly button so it is freed from the rest of the skin. This full tummy tuck is designed to tighten the muscle structure and remove excess skin from both the lower and upper abdomen. An incision is made in the lower abdomen, below the belly button, and the skin is lifted up to the rib cage area. Then, the belly button is brought out through another place on the abdomen as the upper skin is pulled downward and repositioned.
In addition to the tummy tuck, an endoscopic abdominal muscle tightening procedure is a viable option. When patients have a “pouchy” muscle wall but no excess skin, the muscle tightening procedure is the best solution. For this surgery, a small incision is made in the belly button or supra-pubic hairline and a small endoscope is inserted to view the muscles. Dr. Frenzel tightens the muscles with sutures and closes the incision.
Post-surgery, patients wear a firm compression support garment for four to six weeks to ensure that maximum shrinkage.
Dr. Frenzel works with patients who have excess skin from pregnancy aging, and significant weight loss. Post-bariatric abdominoplasty is designed to complete the weight loss journey process. As one of the few surgeons in the country that is dual fellowship trained, he understands the mindset post-bariatric patients face mentally, physically, and cosmetically. A lower body lift surgery removes and tightens excess skin in the buttocks, hips, and thighs.
Whether you are a post-bariatric patient or a cosmetic patient, schedule a consultation today and learn more about you abdominoplasty options.