What is a tummy tuck?
Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is the surgical solution used by Dr. Zadeh for anyone with excess flabby skin hanging over their tummy. The procedure helps to firm and flatten the belly.
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Tummy tucks are recommended for those with significant relaxation of the abdomen. In women, it may be indicated after one or more pregnancies, after significant weight loss, or in women who want to correct stretch marks and flaccid skin. In men, abdominoplasty may be necessary after significant weight loss to remove excess skin and fat.
According to Dr. Zadeh, the greatest goal of a tummy tuck is to remove flaccid skin (distended, scarred or stretched) and to retighten the healthy skin . You can combine liposuction to remove excess fat and repair and reenforce the underlying abdominal muscles (diastasis, hernia).
The most common technique is romoval of a large section of skin between the umbilicus and the pubis. The healthy skin above the umbilicus will then be lowered to reconstruct the abdominal wall. Dr. Zadeh keeps the umbilicus and sutures it in the normal position with an incision made in the lowered skin. Typically the scar is at the edge of the groin. Its length is predictable and will be discussed with Dr. Zadeh, so that the patient knows the options available to optimize the positioning of the scar.