Dr Peter B Fodor | Tummy Tuck

What is a Tummy Tuck?

No matter how much they exercise and stick to a healthy diet, some people cannot rid themselves of fat pockets and extra, loose abdominal skin. Multiple pregnancies are also a culprit. Dr. Fodor usually suggests that these patients undergo tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty).

In the past, a complete tummy tuck with relocation of the belly button was the only option. But now, surgical and medical advancement allows for less-invasive surgery that treats only the patient’s problem areas, such as a pouch below the belly button. Dr. Fodor performs techniques including mini, partial tummy tuck and in some cases based on thorough examination, he will recommend only abdominal lipoplasty. These operations can typically be completed under general, epidural and at times, local anesthesia.
How is a Tummy Tuck Performed?

For a complete tummy tuck, an incision is made along the abdomen above the pubic area, and another is made around the navel. Next, the abdominal skin is separated from the abdominal muscles and folded down. The muscles can then be sutured together to create a tighter, smaller waist. Excess skin and fat is trimmed away, and the belly button is repositioned. Lastly, the abdominal flap is repositioned and the incisions are closed.

During mini abdominoplasty in Los Angeles, usually a shorter incision is made than with complete abdominoplasty. The flap is then folded down and excess skin is trimmed away. Next, the flap is replaced and sutured into place. Complete and mini abdominoplasty are both often accompanied by lipoplasty in order to simultaneously remove extra fat from the abdomen as well as from other parts of the truck and extremities.

Many patients seeking a flatter, more toned abdomen may not need to undergo either type of tummy tuck – instead, liposuction by itself may be sufficient. Liposuction offers the best contouring results and is also effective in the elimination of love handles. During liposuction, tiny incisions are made in the area to be treated and surplus fat cells, pockets are extracted using thin, delicate instruments.

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