Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen. This recontouring surgery results in a flatter abdomen and a trimmer and sleeker waistline. Skin with stretch marks may be removed or dramatically reduced, but always tightened. The abdominal muscles, previously stretched and separated by pregnancy or previous weight gain, are now tightened, which further assists in flattening the abdomen and narrowing the waistline, restoring lost youthful contours.
The severity of the abdominal deformity determines which tummy tuck technique is performed. These include mini-abdominoplasty, which usually tightens the muscles from the umbilicus to the pubis, combined with varying degrees of liposuction of the abdomen in patients who require minimal skin removal. A modified abdominoplasty addresses slightly greater deformities and includes effects of the above, but requires a slightly longer incision and allows removal of additional excess skin. The traditional abdominoplasty tightens muscles from just below the breast and extends down to the pubis, repositions the umbilicus, and removes most of the excess skin from the umbilicus down to the pubis. The extended tummy tuck removes even more skin than the traditional abdominoplasty, but requires a longer incision, which may extend laterally onto the upper hips. This is typically required of patients who have lost significant amounts of weight, such as after bariatric surgery. At the completion of any of the above procedures, the skin is then closed. The final effect results in the creation of a dramatically and more aesthetically attractive and youthful abdomen.
The entire procedure takes between two and four hours, depending on the severity of the skin laxity, muscle weakness, and ultimate goals of the patient. Most of Dr. Funk’s patients from Lancaster, Harrisburg, and elsewhere who undergo a tummy tuck return to work and their daily activities in two to six weeks, depending on which procedure was performed. Please speak with Dr. Funk, serving central Pennsylvania communities including Lancaster, York, and Harrisburg, for more information about the tummy tuck procedure.