Sculpt Your Abdomen
Westport | Fairfield CT
Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is one of today’s most popular body sculpting procedures, both nationwide and at Dr. Ellen Mahony’s plastic surgery practice serving Westport and Fairfield, Connecticut.
Tummy tuck surgery picks up where a healthy diet and regular exercise leave off, helping to reshape your midsection by flattening and tightening your stomach. It’s designed to remove excess skin from the waist and abdomen, and tighten abdominal muscles that have been stretched and weakened over time.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
Ideal candidates include: people who’ve lost a good deal of weight (including through gastric bypass); women whose abdominal muscles and skin have been stretched and weakened by pregnancy or age; and men who are self-conscious about their spare tire.
If your excess skin is limited to just your lower abdomen, you may only require a mini tummy tuck. This less invasive procedure — which involves only minimal skin removal, scarring and recovery time — is an excellent choice if you want to define your waistline and tighten your lower abdomen.
On the other hand, for some people, a tummy tuck alone will not fully re-sculpt your midsection. In this case, a tummy tuck along with sculpting the hips and flanks with tumescent liposuction may help you explore for a more proportional look.
The Right Tummy Tuck for Your Body
There are a variety of tummy tuck styles to meet the needs of just about every belly! Dr. Mahony believes it is important to customize the approach to best meet your goals and provide the optimal aesthetic outcome:
- A mini tummy tuck removes just a little bit of skin along the lower tummy. An example would be to remove an old cesarean section scar and some nearby loose skin only.
- A modified tummy tuck removes additional skin from the lower belly, but the belly button and upper tummy are not changed. The muscles of the lower belly can also be tightened.
- A full tummy tuck includes removing the maximum amount of skin as well as tightening the upper belly skin and repositioning the belly button. The muscles of the upper and lower belly can also be tightened.
- A vertical style tummy tuck is for women who want a super tight upper tummy but don’t have enough excess skin to remove and perform a full tummy tuck. In this case a small vertical scar will be present in the midline of the lower belly, representing the original opening of the old belly button.
- An extended abdominoplasty includes a longer incision to accommodate the annoying fold, or “ledge”, of excess skin that trails beyond the front of the belly and travels toward the back flank. The beauty of this extension is that the incision and resultant scar smoothly blend into the posterior hip area in a natural crease, avoiding an obvious step-off or pucker which would be eye-catching as well as create mis-proportion between the front, side and back of the body.
- A mons pubis lift raises the sagging hanging (ptotic) pubic area and repositions it to a more natural and elevated location.
Keep in mind that although all tummy tucks include a scar(s) of variable length, the incisions heal well and lie at the belly-pelvis junction which is natural crease, identifiable on all women. The position of this crease varies between individuals. Most importantly, the incisions fade out and contribute to unveiling your beautiful proportioned body…sans belly fat, skin ledge, etc…a trade off easily worth the making! No woman ever said, “give me back my belly!”
What’s the appropriate choice for you? Come in and talk with Ellen and read her blog on the topic here. She’ll discuss your unique situation, outline your options (for example, full or mini tummy tuck), and explain what you should expect in your recovery period — all in the straightforward, honest manner that has become her trademark.
See Dr. Mahony’s results: before and after tummy tuck.
ASK DR. MAHONY
Ellen understands that by educating her patients, they become empowered. Toward that goal, she has provided her personal answers to some of the questions she is often asked by her patients considering tummy tuck surgery in Westport, Connecticut.
If you don’t see your question here or would like to find out whether a tummy tuck is right for you, request a no-pressure consultation with Ellen or call 203-221-0102. She serves tummy tuck patients from nearby communities including Fairfield, Hartford, New Haven, and Westchester, NY, and as far away as Fiji. She looks forward to seeing you soon.
I can relate to any workout obsession (read about my 2014 body building obsession!) Even though you’ll have amazing results after your tummy tuck you still need to keep the underlying muscles strong and flexible. You’ll have to wait about 6-10 weeks post-op; the time varies depending on whether muscle tightening work was done during your surgery. We’ll work together in your post-op appointment to craft a plan to slowly ramp up your activity and to get you back to crunches and other exercises for your midsection- there is no question that what you do after the surgery to finesse your results will continue to contribute to the overall result!