The presence of a relatively flat stomach is an important component of a physically fit appearance. Therefore, the development of a bulging abdominal contour can represent a considerable source of concern for many individuals (both men and women), especially when there is no improvement despite a healthy diet and regular abdominal exercising. The determination of optimal treatment is based on careful examination and evaluation of the quality and amount of abdominal skin, the amount and location of excess fat, the status of the underlying muscles, as well as, the presence and location of any existing abdominal scars. Depending on this evaluation, the optimal recommended treatment may be liposuction, abdominoplasty (i.e. tummy tuck) or combination of these two techniques. Specifically, if skin elasticity and muscle tone are optimal, liposuction alone may be all that is needed to remove excess abdominal fat. Alternatively, abdominoplasty is necessary to remove excess loose abdominal skin or to reinforce abdominal muscles. This is performed through a horizontal “bikini line” incision, the length of which is determined by the amount of skin to be removed. Combining these 2 procedures may afford increased flexibility in treating combinations of loose abdominal skin, weakened muscles and fatty tissue excess (in the presence of good skin elasticity) in the adjacent flank regions. These procedures are routinely performed on an outpatient basis (commonly in a licensed, accredited surgery center). Post operative recovery is dependent on the type and extent of surgery. For patients seeking an improvement in abdominal contour but wishing to avoid surgery, VelaShape non-surgical skin tightening treatment may be optimal. Due to the complexity of the initial abdominal evaluation, as well as the variety of available treatment options, consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon skilled in these techniques is extremely important in developing and executing a treatment plan that is optimal for each individual.
When considering an abdominoplasty, or indeed any cosmetic procedure, be sure to select a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). As a board certified plastic surgeon with over 15 years of clinical practice experience and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (The Mark of Distinction in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery® ASAPS), Dr. Robert Kimmel welcomes the opportunity to help you achieve your goals and enjoy a happier, more confident lifestyle.