Few body areas cause as much frustration as the abdomen. While most people would prefer a flat, toned stomach, many men and women are plagued with “love handles” or “muffin tops” that are much less cute than they sound. Weight gain and pregnancy can change the appearance of the stomach, leaving it permanently stretched out of shape. Dr. John Anastasatos is a talented and experienced plastic surgeon who offers tummy tuck surgery to flatten and tone the abdomen at his clinics in Athens, Greece, and Beverly Hills, CA.
The abdomen is a common place for weight gain. Men are prone to adding weight on their bellies, and pregnancy can stretch the abdomen to enormous proportions. While the body is incredible in its ability to expand and shrink, some changes to the skin and muscles cannot rebound on their own. When the stomach muscles are stretched and separated or the skin is overly stretched, the abdomen can become soft and flabby. No amount of dieting or abdominal exercises can reshape separated muscles or remove excess skin. Only plastic surgery can restore a flat, tight tummy at this stage.
What Is A Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a procedure that removes excess skin and tightens the abdomen. Most commonly, it is performed on those who have gained then lost a large amount of weight. Pregnancy is a common cause of stretched abdominal skin and muscles, but obesity can also result in permanent changes to the abdomen. While liposuction can be used to remove excess fat, it does not reshape the muscles and skin. A tummy tuck is a more advanced option for reshaping the stomach area.
Most tummy tucks require an incision that extends from hip to hip right above the pelvic bones. This incision allows access to the skin, fat and muscles of the lower abdomen. During a traditional tummy tuck, excess skin and fat can be removed, then the skin is tightened. However, if there are extensive amounts of loose skin or separated abdomen muscles, more extensive surgery is required.
Types of Abdominoplasty
Many people seeking to firm and reshape their abdomen need more than liposuction or a traditional tummy tuck. Women who gave birth to multiple children or those who have had bariatric surgery to lose 100 or more pounds can be left with stretched and sagging skin and muscles. Dr. Anastasatos offers various options in abdominoplasty to restore a flatter, firmer abdomen that is more comfortable and attractive for his patients. These include:
- Lipo-Abdominoplasty – a tummy tuck and liposuction
- Mommy Makeover – tummy tuck combined with breast and body reshaping
- Belt Lipectomy – removal of excessive skin and tissue around the torso after weight loss
- Diastasis Recti Repair – repairing abdominal muscle separation
- Fleur-De-Lis Abdominoplasty – a tummy tuck that requires a vertical and horizontal incision to remove excess skin and tissue
- Pubic Lift – a lifting of the skin and tissue below the abdomen, usually with a tummy tuck
- Tummy Tuck after/with C-section – a tummy tuck performed at the time of a C-section birth or after to hide the scar
Abdominoplasty can dramatically improve the shape of the abdomen and give patients more self-confidence in their appearance. Dr. Anastasatos uses the most advanced methods to reduce scarring and improve the healing process for the best results.
If you have loose skin or a flabby abdomen from pregnancy or left over after weight loss, a tummy tuck may be the right option to tighten and flatten your stomach. To learn more about abdominoplasty options, contact our clinic in Athens, Greece, or Beverly Hills, CA, to schedule a tummy tuck consultation with Dr. John Anastasatos.