"....we did not invent the tummy tuck procedure....we just helped write the textbook on it....The Atlas of Abdominoplasty."
One of the most common cosmetic body contouring procedures performed is abdominoplasty, also called a tummy tuck. For our Phoenix and Scottsdale patients, we can provide dramatic improvement in the shape and contour of the waist and abdomen, eliminate unsightly stretch marks, and create a beautiful, youthful looking belly button.
The popularity of tummy tuck procedures is in part due to the fact that some parts of our body do not respond to diet and exercise. Loose skin caused by sun exposure, time, weight loss, and pregnancy will not improve with diet and exercise alone. Similarly, stretched abdominal muscles after weight loss or pregnancy will not improve regardless of how many sit-ups you do. In Scottsdale and Phoenix, we use the tummy tuck to help patients restore their youthful figure by removing excess skin and fat, tightening the abdominal muscles, and rejuvenating the shape and appearance of the belly button.
There is a large variety of tummy tuck and abdominal contouring procedures available. From the mini tummy tuck to the circumferential lower body lift, the right procedure for each individual must be selected and tailored to ensure the best possible results. Dr. Prichard, Dr. Repta, Dr. Andres, and Dr. Bajnrauh have extensive knowledge of the most current body contouring techniques. For further information, visit the video, media & news section of the website where body contouring developments including The Atlas of Abdominoplasty, Mommy Makeover, Purse-String Gluteoplasty, and the back fat contouring surgery, Bra-Line Back Lift are showcased.
Recently completed, The Atlas of Abdominoplasty serves as a comprehensive reference for plastic surgeons worldwide that perform abdominoplasty and body contouring procedures. Co-authored by Dr. Repta, The Atlas of Abdominoplasty is a testament to the knowledge and skill of the plastic surgeons at Advanced Aesthetic Associates.
Tummy Tuck Considerations
Each patient requesting a tummy tuck or abdominal contouring is unique. Age, body type, and desired goals require that many different types of tummy tuck procedures be available meet the individual needs of each patient. The plastic surgeons at Advanced Aesthetic Associates have the knowledge, skill, and experience to provide each patient with an individualized procedure to suit their body and meet their goals. Below you will find information about the different types of tummy tuck procedures that Dr. Prichard, Dr. Repta, Dr. Andres, and Dr. Bajnrauh can offer to help you achieve your goal of a beautiful tummy.
Endoscopic Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty
The endoscopic tummy tuck or endoscopic abdominoplasty is designed for patients that need muscle tightening but do not have skin and soft-tissue laxity and therefore do not require tissue to be removed. The benefit of the endoscopic tummy tuck procedure is that it can be performed without any visible scars. One small incision is made inside the belly button and a small incision is made in the hair bearing part of the pubic area. With the use of tiny cameras and special surgical equipment the muscles are tightened, allowing the profile of the abdomen to be flatter with improved contour. We often perform liposuction together with the endoscopic tummy tuck.
Mini Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty
A mini tummy tuck, or mini abdominoplasty, is ideal for patients that have only a moderate amount of abdominal skin and soft-tissue located primarily below the belly button. The mini tummy tuck procedure requires a smaller incision and therefore the final scar will be shorter than a traditional or full tummy tuck procedure. The belly button is also left intact without any scars present in that area. Muscle tightening and liposuction can still be performed if needed, and additional procedures to enhance the body like breast augmentation can also be chosen.
Full Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty
The most frequently performed tummy tuck procedure is often full abdominoplasty. Most patients that request abdominal contouring or a tummy tuck are best served by the full tummy tuck. It allows all of the excess skin and soft-tissue laxity to be removed, the abdominal muscles to be tightened, the belly button to be rejuvenated, and the contour and profile of the abdomen to be improved. The incision is usually longer than a mini tummy tuck procedure often spanning from one hip bone to the other. Liposuction is frequently performed at the same time to contour and blend in the shape and profile of the flanks and hips.
Extended Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty
Patients that have a significant amount of abdominal skin and soft-tissue laxity are often better served by either an extended tummy tuck or a circumferential tummy tuck. The extended tummy tuck is simply a full tummy tuck with a longer incision. The longer incision, which by definition goes beyond the hip bones, is needed to remove the significant amount of skin and soft-tissue laxity without creating excess folds of tissue at the ends of the incision. Many of these patients would also be good candidates for a circumferential tummy tuck – also known as a body lift. However, for various reasons patients that choose not to have a circumferential tummy tuck can still be well served by the extended abdominoplasty.
Reverse Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty
The reverse tummy tuck is a unique procedure designed to help remove abdominal skin and soft-tissue laxity that is primarily located above the belly button. While the majority of the patients that present for abdominal contouring and tummy tuck have abdominal skin and soft-tissue laxity that is located primarily below the belly button, a small number of patients have the complete opposite. The reverse tummy tuck allows removal of this excess skin and soft-tissue located above the belly button, placing the final scar at the level of the breast fold. Muscle tightening, liposuction, as well as various breast procedures such as breast lift and breast reduction can be performed in conjunction with the reverse tummy tuck since the final scar is placed at the level of the breast fold.
Circumferential Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty/Body Lift
Patients who have significant skin and soft-tissue laxity of the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks are best served by a body lift or circumferential tummy tuck. It involves removing excess skin and soft-tissue from the abdomen, the hips, as well as the upper part of the buttocks. Muscle tightening, liposuction, and buttocks rejuvenation can all be performed at the same time. The end result of this powerful procedure is a slimmer, flatter tummy, smoother hips and thighs, and lifted and rejuvenated buttocks.
Tummy Tuck Repair
Many patients come to our practice to correct or improve a previously performed tummy tuck or body contouring procedure. Reasons for revision surgery may include:
- Unattractive scars
- Too much skin laxity
- Residual fat
- An unattractive belly button
- Presence of a pseudobursa (internal scar tissue)
Our doctors have solutions to help you achieve the result you wanted from the start. Tummy tuck repair or revision tummy tuck procedures encompass a variety of different solutions to improve prior surgical results. So, if there are things about your tummy tuck result that bother you, there is no need to worry. At Advanced Aesthetic Associates, Dr. Repta, Dr. Prichard, Dr. Andres, and Dr. Bajnrauh have the experience to help you finally achieve a satisfying result.
For more detailed information about tummy tuck surgery, request a consultation at Advanced Aesthetic Associates today. Or you can call our office at (602) 331-7811 to schedule your appointment.