Abdominoplasty and body lift procedures are surgical procedures aimed at reshaping the body. The former is often performed after childbirth or significant weight loss, when there is a lot of excess skin left on the tummy area or there is muscle laxity that can only be improved with a surgical procedure.
A body lift is a more extensive procedure that’s again most commonly performed on patients who have lost a significant amount of weight and have now been left with excess skin on the back, abdomen and thigh area.
What does an abdominoplasty involve?
An abdominoplasty is useful for eliminating excess skin around the abdomen and it can also be used to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. This in turn improves the outline and overall contour of the abdomen. The procedure involves excising excess skin and fat, before tightening the abdominal wall muscles and trimming off the excess skin before re-suturing it. Mr Paul Tulley may also need to relocate the umbilicus so it is sited in a more natural position on your reshaped abdomen.
It’s common for an abdominoplasty to be combined with liposuction to remove any excess fat tissue. Liposuction can also then be used on the flanks, as well as other surrounding areas such as the thighs. An abdominoplasty will produce a flatter stomach and a better defined waist.
Am I suitable for a mini tummy tuck?
A variation on the procedure is a mini-abdominoplasty or mini-tummy tuck which is ideal for younger patients who only have a small amount of excess tissue and skin below the umbilicus. This is a common problem after childbirth and can be associated with unsightly stretch marks. An incision will be made where it will be concealed by swimwear or underwear. Excess soft tissue and skin will be removed and the muscles will be tightened. However, unlike the full abdominoplasty, the umbilicus will not usually be moved. Again, this procedure can be performed with liposuction for excellent contoured results.
As it’s not as extensive as a full abdominoplasty, the recovery time is shorter and the procedure doesn’t last as long.