Abdominoplasty

Abdominoplasty

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Abdominal contour problems may be the product of one or more of three possible factors: excess subcutaneous fat, excess skin, or abdominal wall laxity. When excess subcutaneous fat alone is the cause of the abdominal protrusion, liposuction works wonderfully. However, many patients, particularly women who have had previous pregnancies, have more complex reasons that cannot be fixed by liposuction alone. Due to stretching to accommodate an expanding uterus, the abdominal wall gets lax and the skin expands in surface area. After the pregnancy is completed, often the abdominal wall remains lax and the skin excessive. This combination of problems is also seen in patients who have large weight fluctuations. All the crunches in the world won’t fix these problems.

Abdominoplasty gives the surgeon the ability to address any situation contributing to a protuberan abdomen. Excess skin and fat is removed and the abdominal wall is tightened. It is done at the expense of an incision along the bottom of the abdominal wall.


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