Tummy Tuck at Plastic Surgery Seattle

tummyTuckIt is no secret that many men and women are bothered by the appearance of their stomach. After all, who wouldn’t want a flat mid-section or rock hard abdomen? While diet and exercise are an excellent way to work on reducing the fat in your abdomen, for some people no amount of diet and exercise will help. Abdominal wall surgery treats flabby, stretched-out abdominal muscles and skin with the aesthetic goal to improve the appearance and strength of your abdomen. Many patients can once again feel confident in form-fitting clothes and no longer have to hide their shape with loose fitting garments.

There are a number of different tummy tuck procedures, varying from a full to a mini-tummy tuck. Generally, an abdominoplasty surgical procedure involves making an incision beneath the bikini line. Then Dr. Haeck carefully tightens the weakened abdominal muscles by using sutures. After the muscles are tightened, Dr. Haeck precisely removes the excess tissue and skin. This full tummy tuck procedure typically is used for patients that have extensive abdominal muscle weakening.

For individuals who have lost significant amounts of weight (post bariatric surgery patients), a panniculectomy and or a full body lift might be recommended. A panniculectomy removes hanging fat and skin and may be combined with a tummy tuck. Dr. Haeck advises that a panniculectomy only removes excess skin and fat. An abdominoplasty may be necessary to tighten the abdominal wall muscles.

For those patients who are good candidates for abdomen liposuction to remove excess fat, a mini or partial tummy tuck may be performed. This procedure differs from a full abdominoplasty as a smaller incision is made to tighten the abdominal muscles.
Who is a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)?

There are many reasons patients decide to proceed with a tummy tuck. Dr. Haeck and his professional team advise that the following are candidates for a full or partial tummy tuck.
Men and women who have gained and lost a moderate amount of weight are possible candidates for a mini tummy tuck as the abdominal skin has lost elasticity with weight fluctuations. The best candidates are men or women who are in good health and have small amount of fat deposits on their belly with moderate degree of excess skin folds. Dr. Haeck understands his patient’s frustrations as no amount of exercise or topical lotions will tighten the loose hanging skin on the abdomen.

Women and men who have gained and lost a significant amount weight and who have a large amount of hanging skin around their abdomen are also good candidates. Women who have gained weight during their pregnancy often desire to have their stomach returned to its pre-pregnancy shape. During pregnancy, as the baby grows, the abdominal muscle begins to separate to accommodate the growth of the baby in the uterus. For many women their abdominal wall may return to a normal state after delivery, but for some a visible abdominal pouch and loose, sagging skin, often with stretch marks, remains.

Unfortunately, for these women, no amount of exercise or dieting will improve their abdomen. This popular tummy tuck procedure is often referred to as a “Mommy Makeover.”
Patients are advised that to achieve the full effect of a “flat stomach” a full abdominoplasty is generally required. Be sure to discuss your concerns and questions with Dr.Haeck so that your desired cosmetic goals are realized by the aesthetic procedure best suited for you.

Patients that are NOT a good candidate for a tummy tuck are those who intend to lose a lot of weight and will benefit by postponing the surgery. Also, women who plan future pregnancies should wait, as vertical muscles in the abdomen that are tightened during surgery can separate again during pregnancy.