After pregnancy or weight loss, excess skin and fat can distort the appearance of the abdomen. In particular, many women find that after their second child or after bearing twins, their muscles and skin do not return to their original appearance secondary to repeated stretch of the abdomen. The abdominoplasty, or “tummy tuck” procedure, creates a flatter, firmer abdomen by removing excess fat and skin, and tightening the abdominal muscles. It is not a treatment for obesity and is not a replacement for regular exercise and good eating habits. It is also not an effective treatment for stretch marks located above the umbilicus. You are a good candidate for a tummy tuck if you are at a stable weight and are physically healthy, you have realistic expectations, and you do not smoke.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Naidu will evaluate the areas of excess skin and fat on your abdomen and flanks. In addition, the muscles on your abdominal wall will be examined. The ideal candidate for tummy tuck surgery has finished having children and has achieved a stable weight. Medical photographs will be taken for your record which assist in the planning stages of surgery. In some cases, patients may also be candidates for non-invasive treatments, such as CoolSculpting® or PelleFirm, and this can also be determined by a thorough examination.
Although some patients may elect to have a tummy tuck performed at the same time as a hernia repair or hysterectomy in conjunction with a general surgeon or gynecologist, respectively, it is generally not advised to undergo a tummy tuck at the same time as a Caesarean section. Please note that while insurance may cover the hernia repair or hysterectomy, an abdominoplasty is considered to be a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance.