What does abdominoplasty/tummy tuck-body contouring mean?

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What does abdominoplasty/tummy tuck-body contouring mean?

Thank you for the question. These terms refer to surgical procedures that serve to improve the appearance of the abdominal wall, often performed for patients who have had pregnancies and/or weight gain and loss.  Generally, the operations involve removal of excess skin/adipose tissue and usually plication (re approximation) of the abdominal wall muscles (that may have spread with pregnancies and/or weight gain/loss).   Liposuction surgery is a tool often used for contouring purposes during these procedures.

 Generally speaking, the “ideal” patient for tummy tuck surgery is one who has completed pregnancies, is psycho socially/emotionally/financially stable, has an excellent social support system surrounding him/her, is capable of arranging enough recovery time, does not smoke and who has reached a long-term stable weight.

 I hope this, and the attached link, helps. Best wishes.

Tummy tuck

Thank you for your question. Tummy tuck, also know as abdominoplasty, is a procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen and to restore the weakened abdominal wall, giving a firmer and smoother appearance.  We nearly always add liposuction to our tummy tucks to sculpt the body 360 degrees to achieve an ideal feminine figure. Tummy tuck is a very powerful technique in the right hands, and can have dramatic results if done correctly.  You definitely have to choose your surgeon correctly and make sure that he/she has the training and experience to meet your goals with absolute safety.  Don’t settle for less than a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with specialized expertise in this procedure.

Abdominoplasty v Tummy Tuck v Body Contouring...what's it all mean??

Thanks for the great question PinkStella!

"Abdominoplast"y is the medical term for "Tummy Tuck."  This is a procedure designed to tighten up loose abdominal/tummy skin following weight loss or pregnancies  There are multiple variations on a Tummy Tuck based on the amount of loose skin removed and whether or not tightening of the vertical muscles of the abdomen are included  

Mini Tummy Tuck:  remove just a wedge of skin from the lower abdomen.  Often performed for a little bit of loose skin associated with a C-section scar

Modified Tummy Tuck:  remove a variable amount of skin from the area between the belly button and pubic hair line.  The belly button is not effected.  Sometimes the vertical muscles of the lower abdomen are tightened.

Full Tummy Tuck:  skin tightening is performed on both the skin above and below the belly button.  The belly button is re- positioned.  If necessary, the vertical muscles of the abdomen (above and below the belly button) are tightened.

All tummy tuck procedures include a horizontal (I prefer a "V" shaped scar) scar at the level of the lower belly above the pubic hair line.

"Body Contouring" is a term that must be defined by each surgeon as it does not have a specific definition.  In general, body contouring can be one or more procedures including tummy tuck, liposuction, lower body lift, arm lift, breast lift/reduction and others.  The intention of these procedures is to reshape the body.

Hope this is of help to you!

In good health,

Ellen Mahony, MD

Ellen A. Mahony, MD
Westport Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck

Thank you for your question.

An abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is a form of body contouring. Tummy tucks are commonly performed on people who have loose skin from significant weight loss or pregnancy. During a tummy tuck the diastasis rectus muscle is tightened which brings in the waist then excess skin is cut out to achieve an overall, smaller waist with a nice flat abdomen and a thin scar hidden below the bikini line. Sometimes, the use of liposuction can be used in combination to help remove any excess fat deposits along with creating a nice, smooth silhouette. I hope this helps!
Good luck in your endeavors!

James Fernau, MD, FACS
Board Certified ENT
Board Certified Plastic Surgery
Member of ASPS, ASAPS, ISAPS, The Rhinoplasty Society, AAFPRS, OTO/HNS, ASLMS, International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics & Science

James Fernau, MD, FACS
Pittsburgh Plastic Surgeon
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What does abdominoplasty/tummy tuck-body contouring mean?

Thank you for sharing your question.  This combination of procedures refers to a process of abdominal contouring that removes excess weight and skin (abdominoplasty/tummy tuck) while reshaping the waist and love handles to further accentuate a woman's silhouette (liposuction).  Hope this helps.

Nelson Castillo, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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What does abdominoplasty/tummy tuck-body contouring mean?

Hello dear, thanks for your post and provided information as well. The combination of a liposuction with the a traditional tummy tuck has become a very common procedure. It is safe to combine the two procedures mainly to address the hip and flank areas. This is a very effective way to extenuate the contour of the waist along with the abdominoplasty. It is also important to realize that there is usually a limit on how much fat can be remove in a combined procedure.In general you may be a good tummy tuck candidate if:You are physically healthy and at a stable weight You have realistic expectations You are a non-smoker You are bothered by the appearance of your abdomen. Also The fat transfer, often called Brazilian butt lift has become extremely popular because it allows your plastic surgeon to transform your entire shape. You improve your waist, hips and of course your buttock.

I recommend to make an appointment with a board certified plastic surgeon for an evaluation, and to talk about your goals.

Good luck :)

Tania Medina de Garcia, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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