Changes to the abdomen are common with aging, weight loss, and pregnancy. These changes include:
- Extra (or loose) skin
- Extra fat
- Diastasis (separation of the abdominal muscles resulting in a bulge over the abdomen). A diastasis that forms as the result of pregnancy frequently resolves on its own within a year of delivery.
Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) procedures can improve the appearance of the abdomen, and reposition the abdominal muscles. These procedures range in complexity, depending on the amount of skin and fat removed from the abdomen.
Full abdominoplasty involves removal of skin and fat from the lower abdomen, with a tightening of the abdominal muscles. The belly button is moved to a new, youthful position. Post-operative scars are from hip-to-hip, and can usually be kept below the underwear line. There is also a scar around the bully button.
Mini abdominoplasty is similar to full abdominoplasty, but with a smaller incision. A smaller incision limits the amount of skin and fat that can be removed, and often eliminates the need for movement of the belly button. The post-operative scar will range in size depending on the amount of tissue removed.
The following images are an artistic representation of procedure results and are intended for educational purposes only. These are not actual patients and are not intended to guarantee results that may be obtained with surgery. Out of respect for patient privacy, Dr. Vial does not publish patient photos on the internet.
Typical redundant tissue with laxity of the abdominal wall.
Full abdominoplasty resulting in scar from hip to hip.