Abdominoplasty is a popular cosmetic procedure that Dr Girardi regularly performs. It is driven primarily by mothers whose bodies have been stretched by pregnancy and have not recovered and also by men or women who have had significant weight loss after being overweight. In reality, the only solution for stubborn excess skin is surgical excision.
Abdominoplasty surgery, also known as a ‘tummy tuck', addresses three key issues of concern – excess skin, persistent fat, and lax muscles. Tummy tucks are often combined with breast surgery in a popular combined procedure known as the ‘mummy makeover’.
Dr Girardi uses a variety of surgical techniques to resolve these issues:
- Liposuction removes excess fat deposits and helps to achieve the ideal silhouette and contour.
- Mini abdominoplasty (mini tummy tuck) addresses the excess skin below the belly button but will not allow tightening of the muscles. The advantage of a mini abdominoplasty is a shorter, less visible scar.
- Full (Pitanguy) abdominoplasty involves removing all the skin below the belly button being removed along with the underlying fat followed by tightening the abdominal muscles. It can be combined with liposuction to the abdomen to achieve optimal fat removal. The full abdominoplasty procedure achieves the maximum reduction and tightening of abdominal tissue. The scar is usually long however Dr GIrardi's cosmetic experience results in the best healed and well hidden scars.
- Extended abdominoplasty is reserved for patients after extreme weight loss that has led to excess skin extending around the hip. An extension of the abdominoplasty can be used to remove excess skin over the hip to improve body contour and a vertical scar maybe necessary in the midline. In addition to the midline scar the horizontal scars are slightly longer than that of a traditional abdominoplasty.