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Tummy Tuck

Pregnancy can bring on many unwanted changes to a women’s body. Ground Zero for these undesirable changes is naturally the stomach and waistline area. Three issues develop as the result of pregnancy that can leave women unhappy with their abdomen and waistline appearance.

Skin By nature skin is very elastic and usually forgiving but very few women escape pregnancy, especially multiple pregnancies with the same beautifully tight abdominal skin. Loose skin, skin rolls and unsightly stretch marks are often the badges of honor for many moms.
Fat Most women see certain amounts of weight gain with pregnancy. After delivery women usually make an attempt to return to their pre-pregnancy weight and body but it is not always easy. Metabolic changes, not enough time to aggressively exercise and a little increase in the woman’s age makes loosing that pregnancy weight challenging. Despite a woman’s best efforts, undesirable fat deposits in and around the abdomen, flanks and lower back can be extremely diet and exercise resistant.
Muscle When a women becomes pregnant and as the baby grows in size the abdominal wall is designed to stretch to accommodate the pregnancy. With delivery of the child the abdominal wall muscle layer shrinks back to its former size but not completely. An expansion panel in the midline vertically situated between the rectus muscles is often left permanently stretched and with additional pregnancies is even further stretched. The permanent lengthening of this vertical band of tissue in the abdominal wall can leave many women with a rounded postpartum tummy that no amount of crunches is going to completely correct.

So what’s a women to do? Diet and exercise are always the first line of defense but some of the changes to a woman’s abdomen and waistline are rarely totally correctable by a 24-hour Fitness membership or a Weight-Watchers diet program. Sometimes you have to bring in the big guns to get that pre-pregnancy tummy back. Abdominoplasty to the rescue!

Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck procedures are designed to correct all of the evils listed above, skin, fat and muscle problems. In my 360 Degree approach to abdominoplasty and waistline recontouring the abdominal muscles are first retightened to bring them back to their original pre-pregnancy position and lay a good flat foundation for the new tummy. Next, any excessive fat around the entire waistline is aggressively removed and recontoured. Finally, any loose abdominal skin is removed through a very low positioned suprapubic-lower abdominal incision that is usually very well concealed by even low cut style lingerie. As a finishing touch, many patients choose to add buttocks augmentation by fat transfer to their procedure to add fullness and improve contours in this area. The final results from this combination of surgical maneuvers can be most striking. Please visit the Gallery section of our website for several case examples of this exciting surgical approach.

Why consider a tummy tuck?

Stretch marks, belly button deformities and skin laxity are all reasons a mother might benefit from tummy tuck surgery. A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that tightens abdominal muscles and removes excess skin and fat to create a trimmer waistline. Also known as abdominoplasty, women choose this procedure to get their midsection back in shape.

After childbirth, abdominal muscles and skin may be stretched beyond their ability to flatten out again. In most cases, there is no other remedy than a tummy tuck. Tummy tuck surgery allows Dr. Burkett to suture the walls of the muscle together, strengthening and tightening the muscle to create a smaller waist. If you maintain your weight, a tummy tuck can provide long-lasting results.

Many women choose breast augmentation or breast lift to complement their slim new abdomen. Youthful, perky breasts may help you feel even more confident about your appearance.

How it works

Tummy tuck can be performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthetic. There are several different types of tummy tucks, but all of them involve the removal of excess skin and fat using a lower abdominal incision. The abdominal muscles are tightened and the remaining skin is then pulled downward. In most cases the belly button must be repositioned resulting in a circular scar around it. The lower abdominal incision usually extends from hip to hip and is discreetly concealed below the bikini line. During a tummy tuck, drains are used to assist healing, and they’re removed 1 to 3 weeks after the surgery.

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