What is an abdominoplasty?
Abdominoplasty is the technical name for a tummy tuck, a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen and the tightening of loose abdominal muscles.
What does an abdominoplasty correct?
An abdominoplasty can correct:
- Excess or sagging skin, especially after weight loss or pregnancy
- Loose or stretched abdominal muscles that have been separated and weakened
- Excess fatty tissue that is concentrated in your abdomen
Overall, the result is a tighter, smoother abdomen.
Who is the best candidate for an abdominoplasty?
The best candidates for an abdominoplasty are men and women who have lower abdominal fat or loose abdominal skin that has not responded to diet or exercise. This surgery is particularly helpful to women who, through pregnancy and aging, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to their prior physique. Loss of skin elasticity is common in more mature patients, which can frequently occur with slight obesity, but can also be improved through this procedure.
You should be near your ideal or goal weight before having an abdominoplasty surgery. When a patient is at his or her ideal weight, Dr. Gonyon can safely remove more skin and get an improved result. If a patient loses more weight after a tummy tuck, the skin may become deflated and sag, requiring additional surgery to remove more skin. Therefore, the closer you are to you goal weight the less likely you will need additional surgery in the future.
Women who plan future pregnancies should wait, as vertical muscles in the abdomen that are tightened during surgery can separate again during pregnancy.
Are there different types of abdominoplasty?
Yes. Dr. Denis Gonyon, a plastic surgeon in Northern Colorado, routinely performs three different types of abdominoplasty.
- Complete abdominoplasty is the most common procedure. Dr. Gonyon utilizes a “hip hugger” incision, where the incision is placed along the lower abdomen from one hip bone to the other. Unless you request otherwise, Dr. Gonyon will keep your incisions as low as possible on the abdomen, just above the pubic hairline. This incision allows excess skin and fat to be removed and for abdominal muscles to be tightened if needed. Your belly button is left attached to the abdominal wall and is placed back in its normal location after the skin has been tightened and redraped.
- Partial or mini abdominoplasty can be used if your fat deposits are located primarily below the navel, you have only minor amounts of extra skin between the navel and pubic hairline, and the abdominal muscles do not need tightening. This is a more limited procedure to mainly remove excess skin and usually requires a shorter incision. During this procedure, your belly button will not be moved and your abdominal muscles will not be tightened.
- Circumferential or extended abdominoplasty is usually reserved for patients who have lost significant weight, either by diet and exercise or by bariatric surgery, leaving them with a large amount of excess skin. The incision goes around the entire lower abdomen. A circumferential abdominoplasty can lift and tighten hips and buttocks in addition to the abdomen.
What is recovery from abdominoplasty like?
Abdominoplasty is major surgery. Everyone heals at a different rate, but you should plan on taking a minimum of three weeks off work for recovery, with activity restrictions lasting upwards of eight weeks. During your initial tummy tuck consultation, Dr. Gonyon will discuss with you standard recovery periods and other post-surgical expectations. The recovery from an abdominoplasty can be extensive, yet most of our patients eagerly state that they would gladly choose the procedure again knowing the exceptional results.
Why should I choose Dr. Gonyon for my abdominoplasty?
To ensure the lowest risk of complications and the highest chance of getting the results you desire, you should work with a board-certified plastic surgeon.
Dr. Denis Gonyon is board-certified and served his integrated plastic surgery residency at Duke Medical Center, and a Plastic Surgery Aesthetic Fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Hospital in Dallas. He has had the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest minds and skillful hands in plastic surgery, and he brings his world-class training and experience to the people of Northern Colorado, including Fort Collins, Loveland and Greeley and beyond. You can see examples of the results he achieves in our before and after gallery.
If you have additional questions or concerns about abdominoplasty that have not been answered here, you can request an answer via email or schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Gonyon to have them answered in person by calling (970) 624-7979 today. Serving Northern Colorado including Fort Collins, Johnstown, Loveland and Longmont.