An abdominoplasty, commonly called a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that helps to remove excess fat and skin while tightening abdominal muscles throughout the abdomen. This creates a flatter and more appealing profile of your stomach region.
An Abdominolipoplasty combines the tummy tuck with a lipectomy. Lipectomy is a procedure that is similar to liposuction. This process helps to break up the fat tissue and remove it through suctioning it out of the body. By combining these procedures, patients can gain the benefits of both procedures while they only have to schedule a single operation. Dr. Alan Matarasso specializes in abdominolipoplasty, so if you are considering your tummy tuck or liposuction needs, contact our offices now.
Who is a Candidate?
Working on creating a flat abdomen is something that many of our patients have struggled with for months or years. There are a number of different factors that can cause you to store additional fat, or have excess skin and loosened abdominal muscles. Excessive weight gain and pregnancy are two common reasons to consider a tummy tuck. Other factors can include your genetic background, aging, or previous surgeries.
If you are aren’t happy with what your abdomen looks like from the front or the side, contact Alan Matarasso to schedule your consultation today!
Understanding the Limitations
Abdominoplipoplasty should not be used for all patients. If you desire to schedule surgery is due to recent fluctuations in your weight, it may be more appropriate to review your current diet and exercise routine before scheduling an operation. An abdominolipoplasty is designed to remove the fat permanently, but poor eating or exercise habits can cause patients to gain the weight back in the same areas again.
If you are planning on becoming pregnant again, you may also want to hold off on scheduling your procedure.
In addition, this procedure does not remove all stretch marks, although the tightening and removal of excess skin can help to reduce some of their appearances.
When you come in for your initial consultation, there will be a wide variety of topics that we would like to discuss with you. These include the standard medical and family history questions so that we can understand any potential complications that may arise during a procedure. In addition, we will also talk about the goals that you have for the procedure, your current diet, alcohol, and tobacco use. It is also important to have a complete list of medications that you are taking.
Once we have completed the evaluation, we can work with you to help you identify an approximation of what your results will look like and what you should expect. Be sure to ask any questions that you may have during this appointment. If you decide that you would like to go ahead with the surgery, we can get you scheduled following your consultation.
The procedures can vary from patient to patient. Patients will be placed under general anesthesia, so they are not conscious for the procedure. An incision is made across the lower abdomen, being careful to make sure that any scarring will be below your underwear line.
An incision around the belly button will also be made. At this time, the excess fat tissue can be removed. Once that has been completed, we will help to pull the abdominal muscles closer together if they have been separated, and then pull the skin back down. Excess skin will be trimmed away, and then the incision will be sutured together.
Once your surgery is complete, you will be given your discharge information. Be sure to follow this carefully so that you can heal as quickly as possible.
Abdominolipoplasty is a great approach for many patients to help remove excess fat, and skin, while also tightening the abdominal muscles. Contact Dr. Alan Matarasso today to schedule your appointment!