Sometimes after multiple pregnancies or large weight loss, abdominal muscles weaken, and skin in the area becomes flabby. Abdominoplasty, sometimes called a Tummy Tuck, can tighten the abdominal muscles and, in some instances, improve stretch marks. In men and women who have fat that is concentrated in the abdomen, this procedure will remove excess skin and fat. This surgery will not eliminate minor wrinkling or take the place of dieting, but it can improve a loss of skin elasticity in combination with localized fat accumulation.

The operation may be performed on an outpatient basis or during a brief hospital stay. To smooth out the abdomen, Dr. Nigro works through a low abdominal incision that spans the hips. Because sagging skin will be pulled down over the abdomen before it is removed, it may be necessary to release the naval from its surrounding skin and bring it out through a new skin opening. Resulting scars across the pubic area and around the naval are permanent but flatten and lighten in color over time.

Sometimes, abdominoplasty may be combined with liposuction to achieve the best results. In some instances, when the skin laxity and muscle weakness are limited to the area below the navel, a modified abdominoplasty may be recommended. This procedure usually leaves a shorter scar and no scarring around the naval. Endoscopic abdominoplasty is another technique for limited scars and is useful when patients have only a minimal amount of excess skin and muscle laxity.

Following an abdominoplasty, you will be advised to wear a light support garment during the recovery period and to avoid strenuous activity for a few weeks.