It’s natural for the skin and muscles of your abdomen to weaken and become looser over time, paritcularly with weight change, pregnancy, or advancing age. An abdominoplasty (or tummy tuck) procedure may be right for you if you’re interested in having more of an hourglass figure, trimming away any of the saggy skin that has been left behind after losing a lot of weight, or restoring the firmer, flatter stomach you may have had before pregnancy. Aside from the obvious benefits to your appearance, you may also experience a drastic increase in self confidence, as is the case for many of our patients.
Don’t waste time thinking about how great you could look with a firmer stomach. Call 905-849-4282 now to book your private medical consultation with Dr. Stephen Brown. Dr. Brown founded Briarwood Cosmetic Surgical Centre to provide patients a world class standard of care that far exceeds the norm. We do this by placing special emphasis on providing exceptional care to you, creating an experience that is defined by comfort, safety and total fulfillment of your aesthetic goals. Dr. Brown has over 25 years of experience performing the tummy tuck procedure and because of his calm and courteous demeanour, he has garnered an outstanding professional reputation.
Your improved stomach will let you wear better fitting clothes that flatter your new curves, no longer forcing you to hide your shape in loose outfits or worry about pants that expose an embarrassing “muffin top” bulge.
If you have been pregnant or experienced significant fluctuations in your weight the process described above happens even faster. Women who have carried multiple children are also prone to a condition known as diastasis recti, wherein the left and right abdominal muscles separate along their midline. Weak or damaged stomach muscles will cause your tummy to bulge, your silhouette to appear abnormal, and, in some cases, can even lead to the development of hernias.
Dr. Brown can help you to avoid these problems with an abdominoplasty procedure that is customized to meet your exact body type and personal goals. The procedure works by tightening your stomach muscles and reinforcing the structure of the abdominal wall. This is important since the appearance of your stomach is dictated, in large part, by the strength of this wall. The structure consists of layers of fat, muscle, connective tissue, and fascia that can weaken and accumulate excess fat with time. Once this happens your stomach will become flabby, your posture will suffer, and your abdominal muscles will weaken.
While patients often drop down by one or two dress sizes after treatment, abdominoplasty is not meant to be a shortcut to weight loss. If you are currently at a normal or near normal weight and simply wish to enjoy a stronger, flatter stomach that fits with your current size and shape the procedure can lead to fantastic results.
Evaluating the Abdominoplasty Patient
In addition to an evaluation of your overall health during an abdominoplastyconsultation, the following three things will also be evaluated to determine the most suitable surgical techniques applied:
1. Fat Evaluation
Dr. Brown begins by evaluating not only the amount of fat present in your abdomen, but also where this tissue is located: intra-abdominally or extra-abdominally.
Intra-Abdominal Fat: Treatable Only With A Healthy Diet and Exercise Regimen
Intra-abdominal (or internal) fat is composed of both the fat that surrounds the internal organs and a large blanket-like layer called the omentum. The omentum is also made up of fat and protects the internal organs from infections. When the omentum and the fat surrounding the internal organs becomes too large these two intra-abdominal structures apply pressure and ultimately stretch the stomach muscles. The end result is a large and distended belly that may appear bloated.
Intra-abdominal tissue can only be diminished through traditional weight loss techniques like regular exercise and a healthy diet. Removing the omentum is possible, but is rarely performed since it requires highly invasive and dangerous surgery.
Extra-Abdominal Fat: Treatable With Liposuction and/or a Tummy Tuck
Extra-abdominal (or superficial) fat lies outside of the abdominal cavity between the skin and the muscles. An easy way to test whether skin is intra- or extra-abdominal is to pinch the love handles or belly. The fat that can be easily grabbed from these areas is extra-abdominal and can be removed with liposuction or a tummy tuck.
2. Skin Evaluation
Dr. Brown evaluates your skin by looking at both its quality and the amount of existing excess tissue. Skin quality is measured by the presence of stretch marks, cellulite and the degree of looseness. These traits all signify a loss of skin elasticity. When the skin loses elasticity, it loses the ability to reshape/redrape itself. Tummy tucks remove this skin, along with some stretch marks located below the belly button. Stretch marks situated above the navel can be eliminated to a certain extent if a large amount of excess skin is present.
The length of the tummy tuck scar is determined by how much excess skin you may have. Hanging skin requires a longer scar in order to avoid leaving behind excess tissue that droops over the sides of the belly (commonly known as a “dog ear”). Skin with good elasticity and without cellulite or stretch marks can be treated less extensively, leaving only minimal scarring after recovery.
3. Muscle Evaluation
Abdominal muscle looseness (or diastasis) determines a suitable abdominoplasty treatment approach as well. Stomach muscles may be loose across the entire abdomen or, more commonly, just below the naval. Patients with weak muscles may only need some tightening in the region below the belly button in order to achieve satisfactory results. Looseness across the entire abdomen will require more extensive muscle tightening with a full tummy tuck.