A “Tummy Tuck” or abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that flattens a protruding abdomen by tightening the underlying muscles and removing extra skin and fat in the abdominal area. Although weight loss can reduce the amount of fat located in the abdominal area, certain factors, such as weak abdominal muscles, pregnancy, or excess skin resulting from weight loss, can cause protrusion that can be corrected only through surgery.
There are three basic techniques used to flatten the abdomen. Liposuction alone will help flatten a fatty abdomen. If there is mild skin laxity and fat below the navel, a mini tummy tuck may be the answer. If there is severe laxity of the abdominal wall and a large amount of excess skin and/or fat, a full abdominoplasty is often the best solution. Dr. Schantz can assess the nature of your protrusion, explore your concerns and expectations, and explain what type of surgery would be the best solution for your particular problem.
- The ideal tummy tuck candidate is at or near his or her ideal weight and has maximized efforts of weight loss through dietary and exercise means.
- Excess localized fat in the abdominal area.
- Loose and sagging skin in the abdominal region.
- Weakened or separated abdominal muscles due to pregnancy, weight loss, or aging.
Due to Dr. Schantz requiring an overnight stay in the hospital for a 23 hour observation, the tummy tuck surgery is most commonly performed in the hospital setting. Dr. Schantz performs surgery at Samaritan Hospital. Mini-tummy tucks are most commonly performed in our fully accredited surgical facility.