Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Surgery
Glendale, Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Mesa, Surprise, & Peoria, AZ
Many Scottsdale, Glendale and Phoenix area tummy tuck patients have benefited from the skill and experience of Dr. Angelchik. In the paragraphs below, he describes the tummy tuck procedure.
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Abdominoplasty surgery, commonly called a tummy tuck, is performed to improve contour of the abdomen. The goal is a smoother, flatter abdomen. The best candidates have loose or sagging abdominal wall skin frequently associated with significant relaxation of the anterior abdominal wall muscles (frequently secondary to multiple pregnancies, major weight loss, or prior surgery).
For patients who have had massive weight loss, a more extensive circumferential abdominoplasty surgery, may be recommended. That procedure also tightens the back and flanks. A variation of this procedure called a lower body lift also tightens the buttocks and outer thighs.
The abdominoplasty procedure tightens the connective tissue covering of the muscle wall, and removes excess skin and fat tissue where indicated. The procedure is modified to accommodate the relative severity of the presenting problem. Some procedures are more extensive than others. It may be combined with liposuction or other body contouring procedures on the breasts and thighs.
Mini-abdominoplasty tightens the lower abdominal wall skin only (shortest scar). Modified abdominoplasty addresses conditions where just the muscle wall or just the abdominal skin requires repair. Standard abdominoplasty tightens all of the abdominal wall skin and muscles (standard scar). Extended abdominoplasty tightens the abdomen and the flanks or sides. The Saldanha Lipoabdominoplasty technique shifts the paradigm to include more aggressive liposuction of the tummy along with less extensive direct undermining of skin for a more sculpted look in appropriate patients. This is becoming a more popular option for our tummy tuck patients.
Abdominoplasty: The Procedure
The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia either within the hospital or in an outpatient setting. (Mini and modified abdominoplasties are similarly performed.) An overnight stay may be required for major abdominoplasties. Body lift patients will typically spend 1 -2 nights in the hospital or recovery facility.
- Major Complications are Rare
- Frequently Asked Questions about Abdominoplasty
- What to Expect with Abdominoplasty.
- Tummy Tuck Candidates
In addition to tummy tuck, Plastic Surgeon Dr. Angelchik also performs other body contouring procedures in his Glendale plastic surgery practice. Visit these pages in the website to learn about how Dr. Angelchik treats Phoenix liposuction, body lift, brachioplasty and thigh lift patients. To arrange a consultation to discuss your abdominoplasty needs, contact our Glendale tummy tuck surgeon Dr. Angelchik today.