Lifestyle changes adversely affect our body shape where once little was given. As adult life proceeds, the sculptured abdomen of youth, blending muscle support with beauty, gives way to extra pounds in the wrong places. A thoughtful approach to beautifying the abdomen directs our surgical planning toward excess skin and fat removal and muscle tightening. The goal is a flat contoured belly, with good muscular strength and appearance, and a properly positioned belly button. Side benefits include instant weight reduction and strengthening the muscle cylinder supporting your back.
Abdominoplasty, sometimes with discrete liposuction for additional shaping, can often be performed as an outpatient procedure. Reduced rate overnight hospitalization is also available. Special considerations and planning are designed for those who have labored through significant weight loss, now only to find hanging skin aprons everywhere. While the abdomen is the most obvious location, other areas which become bothersome and need adjustment include the upper arms, buttocks, and inner thighs. Incisions are planned to be as unobtrusive as possible, while allowing removal of the excess baggage.
The surgical scar trade-off is preferable to the excess contour and body tissue deformity that comes with significant weight loss. Anticipate a longer recovery and the need to return for subsequent “touch-ups” as these areas relax. Staging surgical procedures is not only safer but affords the opportunity to also return to those prior surgical sites for further modification and improvement.