Posted on 29 Nov 2016
If you are contemplating a tummy tuck surgery, or a mommy makeover and you want to regain that pre-pregnancy flat tummy, it is time to educate yourself on all the different choices that are available to you. Tummy tuck surgery is not a one size fits all procedure. Navigating through the tummy tuck, the mini tummy tuck and the mommy makeover will help you decide the best option for you and the issues you are facing.
Also known as an abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a procedure that removes excess fat and soft tissue in the lower abdominal area. Oftentimes, a tummy tuck is done after pregnancies or dramatic weight loss. The inner muscles that have been stretched are repaired, restoring the curve and silhouette that has been missing.
Many factors come into play when deciding on the type of tummy tuck you will need. Some of those factors include the anatomy, medical conditions that can affect blood flow, the quality of the skin and abdominal muscles and whether the patient smokes.
The classic tummy tuck involves elevating the abdominal apron from the wall and tightening the abdominal muscles.
The mini tummy tuck is a variation of the classic tummy tuck and is the choice primarily for woman whose issues are mostly below the belly button. This procedure is ideal for those who have less excess tummy fat localized in the mid – abdomen area and those wanting to tighten the abdominal area below the belly button.
This technique uses a shorter incision and it is placed just above the pubic area, very similar to a c – section incision site.
When you decide that a mommy makeover is for you, it should be customized specifically for your body and desired outcome. Typically, a mommy makeover consists of a tummy tuck and a combination of a breast augmentation, and/or breast lift along with liposuction.
Again, it must be reiterated that not all procedures are for every body. This is why it is imperative that you find an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon to help you navigate through all the facts and information available to you, so that you can make a thoughtful and educated decision about the type of procedure(s) you need which may or may not be a tummy tuck or mommy makeover.
Dr. Keith Neaman
Dr. Neaman is a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in surgical body contouring. He prides himself on being on the cutting edge of plastic surgery. He takes an informative approach to each consultation, and through open dialogue and communication, he helps his patients decide on a treatment plan that meets their needs.