Tummy Tuck or Mini Tummy Tuck?

Tummy Tuck surgery reshapes the abdomen through the removal of excess fat and skin and the tightening of the underlying muscles. Otherwise known as Abdominoplasty, Tummy Tuck surgery is designed to help contour the abdominal wall.

Tummy Tuck or Mini Tummy Tuck

After pregnancy eighty percent of women will have weakness or separation of the central abdominal wall muscles. This gives the abdomen a more prominent appearance. By raising the abdominal wall skin with Tummy Tuck surgery, the underlying muscles can be repaired and then the excess fat and skin removed. The tummy tuck surgery procedure is also valuable for both men and women who have excess fat and/or skin to the extent that liposuction would not achieve the desired results or body shape.

Usually a full tummy tuck starts with a horizontal incision well below the navel in the area commonly known as the ‘bikini line’. The precise location and size of the incision is governed by the degree of correction necessary. Tummy Tuck surgery is actually accomplished by repairing separated or weakened abdominal muscles and removing the build-up of excess fat, tissue and skin. A second incision around the navel is needed to remove excess abdominal skin in that area. All tummy tuck surgery incisions are closed with dissolvable sutures.

There are certain people who may benefit from a Mini Tummy Tuck procedure. This procedure is most commonly requested by patients after having children, losing their weight but noticing a

persistent lower abdominal “pooch”, usually present secondary to the stretching of the muscles during pregnancy.

This procedure is less invasive than a traditional tummy tuck and can be done on an outpatient basis. While a full tummy tuck involves an incision around the navel and across the lower abdomen, a mini tummy tuck leaves the navel intact and requires a smaller incision. Liposuction is done to the entire abdomen prior to tightening muscles from the navel to the pubis. Very often if a patient has had a C-section that scar can be used either alone or with minimal lengthening.

The end result of Tummy Tuck or Mini Tummy Tuck is a more flattering profile and contour that will be in tune with your body type and weight.

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Peter KlainerAbout Peter Klainer, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Peter Klainer, founded Chrysalis Plastic Surgery, in Sterling, VA in 2000. He speaks both nationally and internationally about SmartLipo and was the first surgeon in the Virginia and Great Washington region to perform this procedure. Dr. Klainer is married (Tracy) and they are the proud parents of 2 college aged daughters.

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