A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty involves repair of the abdominal wall muscles (rectus abdominus) which is often stretched from pregnancy, fluctuation in weight, aging, prior surgery or heredity. Diastasis recti is the medical term used to describe the stretching of the tissue between the muscles which most often occurs with pregnancy.
A full tummy tuck involves a horizontal incision just above the pubic hairline. The skin and fatty tissue is lifted off of the muscles to the xyphoid (end of the sternum) and the muscles are tightened (sutured) from the xyphoid to the pubic area. The excess skin is removed. The abdomen appears flat and the skin is tight, many stretch marks are removed.
A mini tummy tuck involves a horizontal incision just above the pubic hairline. The skin and fatty tissue is lifted off of the muscles to the umbilicus (navel) and the muscles are tightened (sutured) from the umbilicus to the pubic area. The excess skin is removed from the umbilicus (navel) to the pubic area. At your consultation, Dr. Hardaway will suggest the procedure that will give you the best results.
The procedure can be performed as an outpatient procedure in an accredited office-based surgical center, a licensed ambulatory surgical center or a hospital with a 23 hour admission. This is often determined by your medical history.
Often, liposuction is performed to contour the back at the time of a tummy tuck. This is often called an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck 360.
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