Lipoabdominoplasty, aka the tummy tuck, has seen a rise in popularity in the past decade and a half. This is, in part, from our more ready acceptance of plastic surgery procedures and body positivity, advancements in surgical and recovery technology, and also in part to a more health conscious society.
Now, what do I mean by that last part?
In the following video, you will hear Dr. Weiler stress that tummy tucks are NOT a weight loss procedure. While historically and currently the majority of tummy tuck patients are made up by women who have undergone pregnancy and weight gain. More recently, though, an increasing number of patients have been acquired through their journey in weight loss, which often results in extra or loose skin.
Dr. Weiler briefly explains tummy tucks:
While not a weight loss procedure, Dr. Weiler states that, with liposuction and abdominoplasty, one can look to lose 15-25 lbs from the procedure alone.
The actual procedure includes liposuction to the upper/lower abdomen and love handle areas, tightening of the abdominal muscles, removal of excess skin below the belly button, and a tightening of the remaining skin for a natural look. One of the downsides to tummy tucks in the past was the downtime due to surgery, which could take anywhere from 6-8 weeks. Fortunately, now that number is significantly reduced. Patients can expect to be ambulatory and back to work in as little as two weeks!
After the surgery, the incision scars are significantly reduced from older procedures and are designed to hide well under swimsuits. Overall, the final outcome is a significant improvement to the individual’s silhouette and a noticeable transformation to shape as a whole.