Dieting and exercise are great, however most of the time they cannot get rid of the tummy pouch; that results from a lifetime of weight fluctuations or pregnancy. Factors such as multiple pregnancies and genetics can contribute to the development of loose skin, fat deposits and stretch marks in the abdominal region. The changes that occur to the body in the mid-section with one pregnancy, let alone multiple pregnancies, can contribute to a lot of damage. Sagging skin, stretch marks and even muscle separation in the abdominal area is very common after a pregnancy.
A tummy tuck procedure applies to both men and women alike and is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures, as any substantial weight loss can contribute to the development of loose skin in the abdomen. Even with proper diet and exercise, sometimes the abdomen will appear disproportionate with the rest of the body. The procedure can improve the appearance of excess abdominal fat, skin and tissue in any healthy adult.
A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR ABDOMINOPLASTY OR TUMMY TUCK SURGERY:
- Has realistic expectations with the surgical outcome
- Is emotionally stable for surgery
- Fully understands the risks of abdominoplasty surgery
- Should be close to their ideal body weight (within 30%)
- Has been a stable weight for at least 6 months or more
- Has specific areas of loose skin or fat that is completely incapable of responding to diet and exercise
- Has skin tone and elasticity that are in good shape
AFTER MASSIVE WEIGHT-LOSS
- OPTIONS FOR PATIENTS WITH MASSIVE WEIGHT LOSS
Increasing numbers of people are losing massive amounts of weight 100 pounds or more with surgical assistance. But what many don’t realize is that gastric bypass is a minor surgical procedure compared to the reconstruction some need after losing all that weight. Excess weight stresses and stretches the skin dramatically. Rapid weight loss does not allow skin to conform to the new body size and shape. The result is excess hanging skin that can only be corrected through surgical body lifts. It is not just an appearance issue for some. Sagging loose skin may become macerated (wet and infected) if not removed, possibly turning into a serious health problem.
After massive weight loss, even young patients with good skin quality may need a lift. Procedures sometimes are staged over many months for comfort, health and safety. Plastic surgeons want their patients to have a safe operation and get through the procedure with minimal risk. The most important thing to remember is not to expect perfection; as with any uplifting procedure there will be visible scarring, and not all contours will be perfectly smooth, symmetrical and proportionately balanced. But to most patients who have undergone massive weight loss, this does not deter them. Massive weight loss patients have the ability to accept scars where they might not have ever considered them before simply because they want a better shape.
A panniculectomy is often confused with a tummy tuck – reduces excess skin and fat which hang below the abdomen like an apron. The degree of overhang can be moderate, with the folds hanging down to just above the pubic region, or much more severe, hanging as low as the knees, over the hips, and around the back. A tummy tuck is performed on people of relatively normal weight, but a panniculectomy can be performed on patients with weight ranges from normal to severely obese, and who have lost significant weight.
An incision is made from the lower area below the navel to the pubic bone. Another horizontal incision is made at the pubic area where the excess fat and skin can be removed. The remaining skin is then pulled together and closed. The reduction of excess fat and skin through panniculectomy can greatly improve quality of life for many patients whose conditions interfere with everyday life, such as walking, standing, or even sitting. The health issues that are caused by this excess skin include back problems, rashes, ulcers and many different skin disorders.
The procedure is often performed under general anesthesia and requires a hospital stay, typically ranging from one day to one week. Insurance coverage for the cost of the panniculectomy varies. If the procedure is strictly for cosmetic reasons, insurance will not cover the procedure. However, the insurance carrier may cover all or a portion of the costs if medical conditions are correlated with excessive weight loss.
I AM INTERESTED! WHAT DO I DO NEXT?
If you are considering a tummy tuck we encourage you to contact us to schedule a consultation and/or treatment at Dr. Del Corral’s office. During this visit we will listen to your concerns and discuss your options. After careful analysis of your abdomen, we will tell you whether you are a suitable candidate for this procedure and inform you of the alternatives and potential risks of the procedure.