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Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Fort Lauderdale

Women and men who have loose abdominal skin and fat that is concentrated in the abdomen can benefit from abdominoplasty. Sometimes these conditions are inherited. In other instances, substantial weight loss may cause abdominal skin to become flaccid. Abdominoplasty also can tighten muscles that have been separated and weakened by pregnancy. The procedure may somewhat improve the appearance of stretch marks, especially those located below the navel.

Who is a good candidate for Abdominoplasty?

You may be a good candidate for abdominoplasty if you have one or more of the following conditions:

If you plan to become pregnant or lose weight in the future, you should discuss this with Dr. Moon and his staff. Scarring from previous abdominal surgery may limit the results of your abdominoplasty.

What can I expect?

Dr Moon may examine your abdomen while you are standing as well as lying down. Your skin tone and the degree of loose skin in the abdominal region will be assessed. He also will evaluate the amount of excess fat in your abdomen and the condition of your abdominal muscles.

Abdominoplasty will enhance your body contour by making your abdomen firmer and flatter. You may find that you feel more comfortable in your clothing and are more confident about your appearance.

The incisions from the procedure will heal and fade over time. It is important to realize, however, that the incision lines will be permanently visible. In some instances, they will eventually be only faint lines. Certain individuals may have incision lines that are more noticeable. Fortunately, the incisions for your abdominoplasty are usually in locations concealed by most bathing suits and undergarments.

You should come to the consultation prepared to discuss your medical history. This will include information about any medical conditions, drug allergies, medical treatments you have received, pregnancies, previous surgeries and medications that you currently take. It is important for you to provide complete information.

What is the procedure?

Individual factors and personal preferences will determine the specific technique selected to smooth and flatten your abdomen.

Generally, a horizontal incision is placed just within or above the pubic area. The length of the incision, which extends laterally toward the pelvic bones, depends largely on the amount of skin to be removed. The contour of this incision will vary somewhat according to the structure of your abdomen and the style of bathing suit or undergarments that you prefer.

Some patients have loose skin above the navel. In such cases, Dr. Moon may make a second incision around the navel so that the redundant skin above it can be pulled down. The excess abdominal skin is then removed. The position of the navel remains unchanged.

To tighten the abdominal wall, the surgeon brings loose underlying tissue and muscle together with sutures.

Skin of the lower abdomen that contains stretch marks may be removed as well. Any remaining stretch marks may be somewhat flattened and improved, but you should not expect a dramatic change in their appearance.

Sometimes liposuction may be used alone, or in conjunction with abdominoplasty, to remove abdominal fat. Endoscopic abdominoplasty is another technique for minimizing scars and may be useful when patients have only a mild degree of excess fat and muscle laxity.

Are there risks?

Fortunately, significant complications from abdominoplasty are infrequent. Every year, many thousands of people undergo successful aesthetic surgery of the abdomen, experience no major problems and are pleased with the results. Anyone considering surgery, however, should be aware of both the benefits and risks.

Following surgery, occasionally, fluid may accumulate under the skin. Removal of this serum is a painless process but may require several visits to our office.

You can help to lessen certain risks by following the advice and instructions of Dr Moon and his staff, both before and after surgery.

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