Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
Hi, my name is Otto Placik. I’m a plastic surgeon practicing in the Chicago land area. I’m here today to discuss the benefits of performing a tummy tuck procedure utilizing a 3 dimensional CAT scan.
Check out these fantastic before and after images of one of my patients. This will really give you a chance to see what I really do during surgery. When I perform a tummy tuck, a critical part of the procedure is performing the muscle repair.
These show the before and after images of the same patient. And the separation, also known as a diastasis recti, can be seen here outlined in red with the intestines visible in the intervening gap.
Now, there are many causes for the muscle separation, but the most common one that I see is pregnancy. this is also followed by massive weight gain or weight loss, can be seen from birth, and sometimes we even see it in men.
So when we perform this tummy tuck procedure, people come in and they complain about this central bulge, that is made worse when doing a sit-up. Other people say they have this pooch that just won’t get better with their personal trainer. And other people just recognize a looseness or a jelly belly.
If you have this, you know what I’m talking about. This animation illustrates the muscle repair technique. In order to tighten the abdomen, the surgeon will suture the abdominal muscles, pulling them close together, Which creates a flatter, firmer abdominal wall, and a slimmer waistline.
The muscle repair technique is demonstrated in this patient’s cat scan, with the initial stitch placed in the upper abdomen. All subsequent stitches are placed from top to bottom until the repair has been completed. Here we see the before and after results with the incisions outlined in green. These subsequent images are presented for your review.