A slim, sexy abdomen is an enviable asset. If pregnancy, weight fluctuation or the aging process has taken a toll on your abdomen, plastic surgery can help you reclaim an attractive physique and the self-confidence that comes with it. Read on as Dr. Donald Hause, a sought-after Sacramento plastic surgeon, shares a brief guide to the most popular treatment options.
Understanding Your Surgical Options
The most popular plastic surgery procedures to improve the appearance of the abdomen are tummy tuck and liposuction.
Liposuction is the removal of unwanted body fat. During liposuction surgery, Dr. Hause creates small incisions on the abdomen and inserts a thin, hollow tube called a cannula through the incisions. He moves the cannula back and forth to break up the fat and then uses gentle suction to remove it from the body. Dr. Hause can perform liposuction on the front of the abdomen to reduce a protruding belly, on the sides of the stomach to create a narrower waist, or both.
Tummy tuck addresses unwanted fat as well as excess skin and loose muscles that contribute to a poor abdominal contour. During traditional tummy tuck surgery, Dr. Hause creates a horizontal incision on the lower abdomen. Through the incision, he repairs abdominal muscles that have separated or weakened due to pregnancy or significant weight fluctuation. He uses liposuction techniques to eliminate unwanted fat pockets, and he tightens the abdominal skin, trimming excess skin.
There are variations of tummy tuck surgery, including mini tummy tuck, which focuses on treating the lower abdomen (beneath the belly button).
Deciding What’s Best for You
Now that you have a primer on the most popular abdominal procedures, you should think about your personal aesthetic concerns and your specific goals of surgery. Are you bothered by excess fat that makes it difficult to button your jeans or wear a bikini? Or are you concerned with loose skin and stretch marks left over from pregnancy? Are your abdominal muscles still in good shape, or are they very weak after pregnancy? What do you hope to look like after surgery?
Seeking a Professional Opinion
Once you have a short list of your concerns and cosmetic goals, it’s time to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Hause. During your appointment, you will discuss with Dr. Hause what you hope to achieve from abdominal plastic surgery. Then, he will perform a thorough physical evaluation, noting qualities like excess fat, loose skin, muscle tone and stretch marks. At the conclusion of the evaluation, Dr. Hause will offer his professional recommendations, answer any questions you have and help you decide how best to move forward.