For women with loose, damaged skin on the belly, whether it is from multiple pregnancies or weight loss, a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) may be the best way to get a more youthful and attractive stomach. For these women, there really is no “minimally invasive” or non-surgical substitute for a tummy tuck. Women rave about ‘getting their bodies back’ and being able to wear ‘regular’ clothes or even a two-piece swimsuit again with confidence!
A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that will remove excess skin and stretch marks, typically from the lower part of the abdomen and leave a scar that can be hidden under most underwear and bikini bottoms. While loose skin is being removed, a stretched or damaged looking belly button (umbilicus) can often be rejuvenated. Also, if there has been separation of the abdominal muscles from pregnancies (rectus diastasis), Dr. Albright can improve this with ‘rectus plication’ helping to narrow and feminize the waistline. Full or droopy pubic mound (mons pubis)? Dr. Albright will see about flattening this during the abdominoplasty surgery. Therefore, a tummy tuck is plastic surgery that can rejuvenate the entire abdominal area!
As one of the top board-certified plastic surgeons in San Antonio, Dr. Albright may suggest combining the tummy tuck with liposuction to get an even better result if a patient will benefit from additional body contouring.
Dr. William Albright, MD, is a San Antonio, TX, plastic surgeon. With years of experience and expertise in cosmetic and body surgery, Dr. Albright can help you achieve your desired look.
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure to improve the abdomen's appearance. It involves removing excess skin and fat from the abdominal area and tightening the abdominal muscles to create a smoother and firmer abdominal profile.
The common scar pattern is a horizontal (side-to-side) scar located above the pubic mound near where a C-section scar would be placed. The scar is contoured and positioned so that it should be fairly easy to hide with most types of underwear and bikini bottoms.
The scar is longer than a C section scar, and the length depends on how much skin needs to be removed with a "mini abdominoplasty" having the shortest length scar. Occasionally, if the belly button is being relocated, a short vertical scar may be necessary between the belly button and the low horizontal scar, and a scar will be placed around the ‘new’ belly button.
Other scar options are a “reverse tummy tuck” where the scar is placed, redundant skin is moved upward, and a horizontal scar is placed under the breasts. This is far less common than the traditional lower body scar.
Finally, for patients who have had dramatic weight-loss success including after bariatric surgery, it may be necessary to perform a “fleur-de-lis” incision which combines a traditional lower side-to-side incision with a long vertical incision creating an upside down ‘T’ pattern. This is sometimes needed to address not only top-down skin excess but also side-to-side skin excess.
Although the scar pattern is more visible and difficult to hide out-of-clothing, the resulting improvement in shape and waist definition is usually considered a fair trade by these patients. Please check out video below from Dr. Albright's patient who is one year out:
The cost of a tummy tuck varies widely depending on the surgeon's experience, the geographic location, and the specific needs of the patient.
Non-surgical options, such as CoolSculpting, radiofrequency, and laser treatments, can reduce fat and tighten skin to some extent but are usually less effective than a tummy tuck for significant skin excess or muscle separation.
A tummy tuck is a comprehensive procedure that removes excess skin and fat and tightens abdominal muscles. Conversely, liposuction focuses solely on removing fat from targeted areas and does not address skin or muscle laxity.
A tummy tuck surgery typically takes two to four hours, depending on the extent of the surgery and whether additional procedures are performed simultaneously.
During a tummy tuck, an incision is made across the lower abdomen, from hip to hip. Excess skin and fat are removed, and the abdominal muscles are tightened. The remaining skin is then repositioned to create a more toned look.
Preparation for a tummy tuck surgery includes discussing your medical history and goals with your surgeon, getting lab testing or a medical evaluation, taking certain medications or adjusting your current medications, and cessation of all nicotine use.
Whether you want to enhance your breasts, flatten your tummy, or get a mommy makeover, Dr. Albright can help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Book your appointment at (210)-670-5302 and take the first step towards your dream body.