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Abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” is a body contouring technique which refers to a range of surgical procedures that address excess abdominal skin and fat to improve the aesthetic appearance of the abdomen. Some of the commonly performed procedures include: mini-abdominoplasty, full abdominoplasty and fleur-de-lis abdominoplasty. Sometimes abdominoplasty is used in combination with liposuction to achieve the desired body contour.
Both women and men may have an abdominoplasty. Excess abdominal skin and fat can be a problem for example after pregnancy or weight loss, where diet and exercise alone will not help. The excess abdominal skin hangs over the waistline like an apron and can appear unsightly. Abdominoplasty is not suitable for patients who seek weight loss by means of surgery.
The primary goal is to remove excess skin and fat overlying the anterior abdominal wall. In some cases, patients who have a loosening of the muscles of the anterior abdominal wall and will need to have this tightened surgically at the same time as the abdominoplasty.
The operation is carried out under general anaesthesia. Dr. Karen Soika will mark your abdomen before surgery so that the resulting scar will lie within or as close as possible to the undergarment/bikini line to make it less visible. If liposuction is to be carried out this is performed first. Following this the actual abdominoplasty is performed removing the excess skin and fat. Muscle tightening procure is performed where appropriate. The wound is sutured with absorbable sutures placed under the skin to minimise scarring. A padded dressing is placed on the scar, and all patients are put in elasticated compression garments to reduce swelling and give a narrow waist.
Patients can expect to be off work and driving for 2-4 weeks, gentle sporting activity for 6 weeks and contact sports for 3 months. The benefits of abdominoplasty should become evident fully by 3-6 months after the operation. The scars take anything up to 12-18 months to reach their final state and patients will be encouraged to start massaging the scars from 6 weeks post-operatively.
The benefits of body contouring procedures can last a life time. However, if the patient gains weight excessively for example, the shape of the anterior abdominal wall can return to the pre-operative state. Therefore it is essential for patients to maintain their results by adopting normal diet and exercise.
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I suffered deep thermal burns to my face caused by the incompetence of a Dermatologist for 1 year with no relief, until I met Dr. Soika. She administered a treatment to give me the relief I was looking for. She was the only Dr.who took the time to listen, diagnose and performed a procedure with great results! Because of her, I am on the road to recovery!
My sons wedding was coming and I wanted to look and feel my best, I called Dr. Soika because I saw her local Ad. It was the best call I made! My skin looks 7 years younger-tighter, and I look for rested and awake. I didn’t believe it was possible without surgery, but Dr. Soika did an incredible procedure in 1 1/2 hours with no down time.A. McCabe · Thermage-Skin Tightening
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