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Many men and women who are otherwise in good shape find themselves with a band of abdominal fat that resists all diet and exercise efforts. If this describes your situation, you may benefit from an abdominoplasty, a cosmetic surgery procedure commonly referred to as a tummy tuck. Offered at our Birmingham, Alabama plastic surgery center, a tummy tuck is not right for everyone and it is important to have a thorough consultation with a plastic surgeon to determine if the foreseeable results of a tummy tuck will meet your expectations.

In Birmingham, Alabama, experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Van Hoy is available to discuss your case. Contact Dr. Van Hoy and his professional staff at the Premier Plastic Surgery Center today to discuss your abdominoplasty options by filling out the form below.

Am I a good candidate for a tummy tuck?
You may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) if you have one or more of the following conditions:

  • excess or sagging abdominal skin
  • an abdomen that protrudes and is out of proportion to the rest of your body
  • abdominal muscles that have been separated and weakened
  • excess fatty tissue that is concentrated in your abdomen

If you plan to become pregnant or lose weight in the future, you should discuss this with Dr. Van Hoy. Scarring from previous abdominal surgery may limit the results of your tummy tuck (abdominoplasty).

Where are tummy tuck incisions placed?
Generally, a horizontal incision is placed just within or above the pubic area. The length of the incision, which extends laterally toward the pelvic bones, depends largely on the amount of skin to be removed. The contour of this incision will vary somewhat according to the structure of your abdomen and the style of bathing suit or undergarments that you prefer. Your plastic surgeon will try to keep the incision within your bathing suit lines, but this may not always be possible.

What are some variations to the common tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) technique?
There are many variations both to the design of the incisions and the technique itself. In some instances, it may be possible to avoid an incision around the navel. When the amount of loose skin is minimal and the excess fat deposits are located below the navel, a short horizontal incision is all that is necessary. This procedure is called a partial, or “mini,” abdominoplasty.

Sometimes liposuction may be used alone, or in conjunction with tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), to remove abdominal fat.

Dr. Van Hoy will discuss with you the particular method that he recommends for achieving the best result in your particular case.

Understanding Risks of a tummy tuck
Fortunately, significant complications from tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) are infrequent. Every year, many thousands of people undergo successful aesthetic surgery of the abdomen, experience no major problems and are pleased with the results. Anyone considering surgery, however, should be aware of both the benefits and risks.

I understand that every surgical procedure has risks, but how will I learn more so that I can make an informed decision?

The subject of risks and potential complications of surgery is best discussed on a personal basis between you and Dr. Van Hoy, or with a staff member at Premier Plastic Surgery.

Some of the potential complications that may be discussed with you include bleeding, infection and reactions to anesthesia. Tissue loss along portions of the horizontal incision is a possibility when the abdominoplasty is very extensive. This complication, which delays healing and prolongs recovery, is more common in patients who smoke or have medical conditions such as diabetes. Revisionary surgery is sometimes helpful in certain instances where incisions may have healed poorly.

You can help to lessen certain risks by following the advice and instructions of Dr. Van Hoy, both before and after surgery.

Results of Your tummy tuck (abdominoplasty)
tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) will enhance your body contour by making your abdomen firmer and flatter. You may find that you feel more comfortable in your clothing and are more confident about your appearance.

The incisions from the procedure will heal and fade over time. It is important to realize, however, that the incision lines will be permanently visible. In some instances, they will eventually be only faint lines. Certain individuals may have incision lines that are more noticeable. Fortunately, the incisions for your tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) are usually in locations concealed by most bathing suits and undergarments.

How long will the results last?
Unless you gain or lose a significant amount of weight or become pregnant, your abdomen should remain firmer and flatter for many years. However, gravity and the effects of aging will eventually take their toll. If, after a period of years, you again become dissatisfied with the appearance of your abdomen, you may choose to undergo a second procedure to restore a more youthful body contour.

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If you have abdominal fat that won’t budge, consider talking to us about a tummy tuck. At our Birmingham, Alabama center, we can help you achieve the sculpted abdominal section you’ve dreamed about. Contact the Premier Plastic Surgery Center today.

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