Hi I have lost weight but not lose my stomach it looks like I am 9 mo. Pregnant what can I do .
Thank you for your question. It sounds like you might be a candidate for a tummy tuck.
A Tummy Tuck is a surgery in which the fat and skin from your belly button down to your pubis is removed. Any stretch marks in this region will be removed. The muscles are tightened from under your breasts down to the pubic bone. The skin is then pulled down and closed resulting in a scar from hip to hip, but low enough to hide under a two-piece bathing suit. The length of the scar varies a bit depending upon the degree of skin redundancy. The belly button is usually brought up through the new skin and sewn into place. Liposuction can be added for additional contouring. We do not like to put a weight restriction on having a tummy tuck (like some surgeons say you should be within 15-20 pounds of your goal weight). We have found that it is not so much about the weight and more about your individual proportions. You should ideally be at a stable weight (without large fluctuations) for 6 months.
We have many patients who travel from around the country and even the world to have surgery at our office. We are happy to get you set up to do a telephone consultation. In order to do this, we would need you to email photos for me to review before I call you. My front desk staff will schedule a time on my schedule during which I will call you and discuss the procedure, etc. If you decide you would like to schedule surgery, then we can schedule your pre operative appointment and surgery within a couple days of each other. We will then see you the day after surgery for a post operative appointment. You may return home after 2-10 days depending on the procedure(s) you have and your health history.
Andrew Wolfe, M.D.
Thank you for your inquiry regarding abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck”. There are many decisions to be made when considering this procedure. You have already started the first decision by exploring the credentials of the surgeons. We are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery which is the board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialists. This is the certification recognized by mainstream medical specialists. Some physicians are “board certified” by agents such as the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons which, astonishingly, can be obtained without ever having undergone a day of plastic surgery residency training.
Among all of the many cosmetic surgical procedures we perform, this is one of the most commonly requested. There are choices available to women who desire this type of abdominal contouring depending on the distribution of fat and the quantity of excess skin.
The goals of the modern abdominoplasty involve tightening of the muscles of the lower and/or mid abdomen using permanent stitches internally to restore the muscle tone lost with maturity and/or childbirth. Almost every woman who goes through pregnancy will have some residual bulging of the lower abdominal muscles that is identifiable in normal clothing or swimwear. Where there is looseness of the overlying skin, the traditional tummy tuck combines tightening of the muscles with removal of all of the skin from just above the belly button to the pubic region. The incision above the pubic region and extending laterally in either direction can be modified upwards or downwards to be concealed in any type of popular swimwear depending on the favorite style of the patient. Next, the entire abdomen is resurfaced by stretching the skin (which was originally above the belly button) downward to the pubic region. The belly button is left in its original location and is re-exposed by making a small hole in the stretched skin and drawing the belly button up to rest in its original and normal location.
Last of all, some patients come for consultation and the skin tone and muscle tone is satisfactory and are instead good candidates for improvement with Ultrasonic Liposuction. As you no doubt understand, these decisions can only be made with an examination and consultation with the patient.
If you would like to learn more about these very popular procedures, please call Sharon (patient coordinator) at 972-620-1700 to schedule a consultation. All of your questions will be answered and we can determine whether or not you are good candidate for this or other procedures to enhance your appearance.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Robert D. Wilcox, M.D.
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