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An abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, can restore those youthful contours and give you back that flat, toned look with a refined waistline and a renewed self-confidence to pursue your active lifestyle.
Dr. O'Connell is a published expert on drainless abdominoplasty and his article, outlining his technique of BAND Abdominoplasty, was published in the journal Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in 2018.
A tummy tuck is a plastic surgical procedure that addresses both skin laxity and muscle separation of the abdominal wall. Excess fat in the abdomen is also commonly treated during a tummy tuck.
The youthful contours of the abdomen can be lost to muscle laxity and skin excess. Despite your best efforts in the gym, the concave, tight abdomen of youth is replaced by a more unflattering shape with loose, hanging skin sometimes called a “muffin top.”
The most common setting in which loose skin and muscle separation occur is following pregnancy or weight loss. The muscle separation that occurs following pregnancy is known as “diastasis recti,” and it is often incorrectly considered a hernia. Some patients also have a true abdominal wall hernia that can be repaired at the time of abdominoplasty. Many patients note a fatty or hanging mons (pubic area) that can also be improved as part of a tummy tuck procedure.
As with all plastic surgical procedures, safety is paramount. During your confidential consultation, Dr. O’Connell will carefully review your medical history including allergies, medication and tobacco use, and, especially, any excessive tendency for clotting. Because pregnancy and weight loss can affect each prospective abdominoplasty patient differently, Dr. O’Connell will carefully evaluate the relative contributions of skin excess, muscle separation (diastasis recti), and fatty excess to help you determine which procedures might provide the best aesthetic results for you.
You will have an opportunity to view explanatory videos and interactive diagrams on TouchMD® as well as photographs of prior tummy tuck patients to help you understand your anatomy and the effects of pregnancy, weight loss, and the aging process and also to understand your aesthetic goals. The various options for abdominal contouring, both surgical and non-surgical, will be reviewed along with their risks, costs, and potential benefits, and you will have ample opportunity to have all your questions answered. Finally, you will be provided with written materials to help you understand the options for abdominoplasty—you can even review your consultation at home with TouchMD.
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