Tummy Tuck – Abdominoplasty
Dr. Park’s Approach:
“I consider Tummy Tucks and Body Lifts some of the most transformative procedures done in plastic surgery. The recontouring of the trunk can enhance self-image in dramatic ways. Although the scars tend to be long, they are usually a great trade-off for a significantly improved shape.
I have tremendous respect for these surgeries. I believe they are some of the highest-risk plastic surgery procedures performed in terms of patient health. The risk of blood clots and embolism are real and should be carefully considered when embarking on this type of surgery.
That being said, this surgery can be done safely and effectively with good patient selection and using proven techniques to lower the risks of complications.
I generally use a technique of high lateral tension and multiple site muscle tightening when necessary. This can achieve beautiful results. In the patient population near their ideal body weight who have muscle issues, this is my technique of choice. Drains are used on a case by case basis, but I am using less drains than I have in the past and now it is more the exception to have drains placed.
Earlier in my career, I was more inclined to do muscle work on almost every patient. Yet, many of my patients today are not quite near their ideal body weight and have a primary goal of removing overhanging tissues from the lower abdomen. Most of these patients have loose muscles but in carefully listening to and understanding their goals, I now frequently offer the procedure without muscle tightening. This results in a shorter surgery, a less painful recovery and a much quicker resumption of normal activity. I have found that many patients are thrilled with the results even without muscle tightening.”
What is a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy Tuck surgery, also known as Abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.
A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes, these methods cannot achieve our goals.
Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging. The most common causes of this include:
- Prior surgery
- Significant fluctuations in weight
What a Tummy Tuck won’t do:
A Tummy Tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program.
Although the results of a Tummy Tuck are technically permanent, the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in your weight. For this reason, individuals who are planning substantial weight loss or women who may be considering future pregnancies would be advised to postpone a Tummy Tuck.
A Tummy Tuck cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised.