TUMMY TUCK (ABDOMINOPLASTY)

Proper diet and exercise alone do not always result in the flat stomach you seek. Loose skin, excess fat, and lax abdominal muscles can sometimes limit your abdominal appearance no matter how many stomach crunches and sit-ups you do. If you are bothered by the less than sleek appearance of your stomach, a tummy tuck may be a good option for you. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, surgically removes redundant skin and unwanted fat from the abdominal area and may also tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. The result is a sleeker profile and a tighter, flatter tummy. The tummy tuck is a very popular surgery that can even improve the appearance of stretch marks. 

 

In addition to all the cosmetic benefits, abdominoplasty has been shown to improve urinary incontinence in women above the age of 40. The improvement of urinary incontinence was specific to women who had children deliveries. Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) greatly improves women’s overall quality of life, body satisfaction, sexual functioning, effectiveness, self-esteem, and mental health.

 

Dr Samer Bassilios Habre has performed many successful tummy tucks resulting in a flat, firm, and beautiful contour. Undesired excess fat and stretched skin around the belly is very common after a significant weight loss, aging, or after pregnancy. Abdominoplasty offers a great aesthetic solution, often leaving patients very comfortable and pleased after this procedure.

BEST CANDIDATES

Abdominoplasty offers great benefits to healthy men and women of all ages. It is best suited for those in relatively good shape, but with loose abdominal fat that won't respond to dieting or exercise. Patients considering a tummy tuck surgery should be at or near their goal weight. Dr Samer Bassilios Habre, believes that this surgery garners the most effective results once all pregnancies have been completed and additional weight gain can be avoided.

  • Men or women bothered by any of the following conditions are often good candidates for a tummy tuck:

  • Loose, sagging abdominal skin

  • Excess fat in the abdominal area

  • A protruding abdomen

  • Abdominal muscles weakened by pregnancy or aging

DURING/AFTER SURGERY

Abdominoplasty may require a short, one- to two-night hospital stay, though some patients are able to return home the same day.

General anesthesia is used to allow you to sleep during the procedure.

Abdominoplasty procedures generally use a horizontal incision above the pubic area. The incision will be kept within average swimsuit lines. The incision length will depend upon the amount of loose skin to be removed. Skin is separated from the abdominal wall all the way up to the ribs. Abdominal skin is drawn down and excess is removed. Using this incision, the surgeon may tighten the abdominal muscles, if needed, by pulling them together and stitching them in place. He will also trim any excess skin from the lower abdomen. Though it is not always possible to remove them all, stretch marks are often removed with the excess skin.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Soon after surgery, you may begin to notice an improvement to your abdominal shape. As you heal and your swelling subsides, your firmer, sleeker contour will begin to emerge. Many patients report a boost in their confidence and a heightened body image after surgery. Though your tummy tuck scarring is permanent, it is generally easy to conceal beneath undergarments and will fade significantly over time.

Generally, you can expect long-lasting results from your abdominoplasty procedure. If you maintain a fairly steady weight, you can expect to keep your new contour for many years.

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS

A full, traditional tummy tuck is not needed for all patients. Some patients will achieve the results they seek with a limited or "mini" abdominoplasty. Liposuction alone may also meet the needs of some. During a consultation for abdominoplasty, Dr Bassilios, will explain these options and evaluate whether they are viable options for you.

The "mini" abdominoplasty procedure is used to correct issues in the lower abdomen only. It entails less scarring than a full tummy tuck, but will not address loose skin above the navel.

Liposuction alone is the option viable only for those with good skin elasticity and muscle tone. Though liposuction can remove abdominal fat, it cannot smooth loose skin or tighten abdominal muscles. It is, however, a popular option for women who are planning future pregnancies.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT SURGEON

Dr. Samer Bassilios Habre believes choosing a qualified surgeon to perform a successful tummy tuck is one of the most important factors. Though it's hard to believe, not all physicians who perform cosmetic surgery have had formal surgical training. It's important to research the credentials of all surgeons you consider for your procedure. Dr. Samer Bassilios Habre is fully trained in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery, and holder of the European Board in Plastic Surgery. He is one of the few in Lebanon who completed multiple fellowships in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery in the US and EUROPE. He is always updated with the latest techniques, to provide you with the best results.

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