Tummy tuck surgery is an excellent option for making several abdominal enhancements, including removing stubborn fat, tightening the skin, and repairing muscle fibers. However, many patients question the areas of their body that can be sculpted with a tummy tuck during their initial consultation. The procedure could sculpt most of the abdomen that carries extra fat or sagging skin despite a few limitations.
In addition, the procedure targets the entirety of the abdominal muscles that may need repair after pregnancy, weight fluctuations, or aging. Ultimately, a tummy tuck could enhance most of your abdomen to make it look slimmer, firmer, and smoother. Contact AESTHETICA LA for more information on the body areas that tummy tuck surgery could target to make long-lasting enhancements.
Primarily, during tummy tuck surgery, areas that could be sculpted include most of the abdomen, including below the belly button. Specifically, the target treatment area for tummy tuck procedures starts from the top of the rib cage and extends to the pubic region, typically where C-section scars would be. Liposuction can also be used to liquefy and remove fat cells from the entire front section throughout the abdomen in order slim the belly down.
In addition, liposuction could remove excess fat from around a patient’s waist and sides of the abdomen, sometimes called love handles. The tummy tuck then removes loose or sagging skin from the waist, about midway through the abdomen, extending to the pubic area. Similarly, loose skin may be removed from the sides of the middle and lower abdomen, which could reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
Lastly, unlike a mini tummy tuck procedure, a full tuck sculpts the entirety of the abdominal muscles, especially after being weakened or fully separated during pregnancy. After surgery, the scar is typically right above the pubic area and may even be combined with previous C-section scars in order to blend in.
After a patient undergoes general anesthesia, the first step of tummy tuck surgery is to make a horizontal incision between the belly button and pubic region. For patients that need more excess skin removal, the incision can be more extensive and may extend from hip to hip. Next, raising the skin allows for liposuction to remove extra fat cells and for Dr. Yaghoubian to tighten and reposition the abdominal muscles.
After completing the fat and muscle changes, Dr. Yaghoubian pulls down the skin towards the pubic region to tighten and reposition the remaining skin before trimming away the extra that remains. During this step, the belly button may need repositioning into a natural-looking location for some patients. Lastly, either skin adhesives, tapes, clips, or sutures will close the incision.
Tummy tuck surgery is the best option for losing your stubborn belly fat that never seems to go away despite dieting and exercising. Many patients question the specific area the procedure could target, but results vary depending on individual characteristics. Generally, the areas that can be sculpted during a tummy tuck include almost your entire abdomen, including the sides, waist, and abdominal muscles.
However, though the procedure could remove stretch marks on the lower abdomen’s skin, it does not remove them from other abdominal areas. Despite this minor limitation, tummy tuck surgery could restore your body contours and create a slimmer, more toned abdominal appearance for the long-term if you follow a healthy lifestyle. Schedule a consultation with our experienced team to discuss your cosmetic goals and what this procedure could do for you.