Abdominoplasty in the Philadelphia Area
Sometimes achieving a flat and toned belly takes a little help. While smart diet choices can lead to weight loss, and regular exercise can firm up abdominal muscles, the fact remains that laxity and excess skin in the stomach area can persist, creating a flabby look that will not go away no matter how many sit-ups you do. A tummy tuck in the Philadelphia area with Dr. Laura Gowen can tackle this issue. Men and women alike choose Cirillo Plastic Surgery to help give them the flat abdomen they seek.
An abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is not intended to be a weight-loss procedure. By removing excess tissue and tightening the abdominal wall, it will create a flatter, firmer stomach.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
Since an abdominoplasty brings tone and definition to a flabby abdominal area, it is ideal for patients who have lost a significant amount of weight and are now dealing with loose skin. This weight loss could be for a variety of reasons, including a change in diet, physical exercise, liposuction, or even pregnancy.
For this reason, a tummy tuck is recommended for people who have reached their goal weight. A large weight gain after a tummy tuck, including pregnancy, can undo some of the procedure’s benefits. For this reason, the staff at Cirillo Plastic Surgery recommends that women considering a tummy tuck wait until they are finished having children, and that men and women alike who want the procedure be satisfied with their weight.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
Patients interested in a tummy tuck in the Philadelphia area should know that the procedure is made up of several steps that generally include:
- incision. Dr. Laura Gowen will make an incision below the belly button, generally in what is known as the "bikini line," where a scar would be covered by a swimsuit bottom or underwear.
- tightening. If the abdominal muscles and their overlying layer known as fascia are lax or even separated, they will be tightened during the procedure.
- skin removal. Once the abdominal wall is tightened, the doctor will pull the skin flat and evaluate how much is safe to remove. At this point, the skin is sutured together at the bikini line and the navel is brought back through the skin at its new position.
- liposuction. To put the finishing touches on a sleek abdominal contour, a small amount of liposuction may be performed if deemed necessary. Aggressive liposuction can negatively impact recovery and healing, so if more liposuction is necessary, it may require a second procedure.
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A tummy tuck may improve certain aesthetic issues, such as stretch marks, due to the fact that some or all of the skin bearing the marks may be eliminated during the surgery. Men and women who want to be sure that their stretch marks or other skin issues are addressed should not count on a tummy tuck, however, and would be best served by contacting a skin expert.
What Are My Other Options Besides Abdominoplasty?
Patients who are concerned primarily with fat removal, or interested in a less invasive procedure, may want to consider liposuction. Men and women with sufficient skin elasticity to see their abdomen revert to a flat and toned look after this procedure, or who are having only small amounts of fat removed, may find that a tummy tuck is not necessary.
Final Words on Tummy Tuck
Dr. Laura Gowen will meet with each patient for a consultation to discuss the details of abdominoplasty, including procedure steps, cost, recovery, follow-up care, and more.
Patients can also see before-and-after images to get a better idea of what a tummy tuck in the Philadelphia area could do for them. Though every patient and surgery is unique, the visuals can give a concept of what to expect.
During the consultation, patients should be open and honest about what they hope a tummy tuck will achieve. The doctor will help them to be sure their expectations are appropriate and that the abdominoplasty is the best procedure for them.