What is the meaning of “tummy tuck” (abdominoplasty)?
So, a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty procedure is an operation that’s carried out in order to remove the excess skin usually from the lower half of the abdomen.
There’s a misconception that abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is a procedure that’s done to reduce weight.
In fact, most of the patients that I carry out an abdominoplasty on tend to be post pregnancy and that’s because after pregnancy the muscles of the anterior abdominal wall called a rectus abdominis muscle tend to split and that split produces a process called divarication; which means that most patients cannot achieve a flat tummy no matter how much they exercise.
So, one of the most important aspects of a tummy tuck procedure is to repair or actually put back the muscles, the rectus muscles so the patient can achieve a flat tummy.
As well as that, we then tend to remove the excess skin that’s developed as a result of the pregnancy and sometimes that’s also combined with liposuction out in the flank area in order to improve the shape of the abdomen.