Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to flatten out your tummy and improve your body contour. For patients desiring to improve their waistline and their hourglass figure, this procedure can offer benefits as well. However, it is important to choose a plastic surgeon that is experienced in this procedure to ensure both your tummy and your waistline benefit from the results.
Abdominal Laxity: What You Need to Know
The development of the “bulge” in the midsection is a phenomenon you need to understand when you are on the quest to improve the body contour overall. There are a number of factors that may contribute to this “bulge.” Some of those factors include:
- Whether the bulge is due to tummy fat or laxity of abdominal muscles
- If you have loose skin in addition to the bulge
- Whether you need liposuction to remove isolated areas of fat
- If you have achieved a healthy weight prior to your cosmetic procedure
- Where sutures are placed during the procedure
Dr Morris Ritz will discuss your aesthetic goals with you prior to your procedure to ensure your treatment brings you closer to meeting those goals. If waistline reduction is included in your desired results, there are ways for Dr Ritz to modify your procedure so that those goals are met.
The Addition of Liposuction
If you are interested in reducing the waistline during your liposuction procedure, liposuction may need to be a part of the procedure. Liposuction is a procedure that removes unwanted, isolated areas of fat by eliminating the fat cells that contribute to the problem liposuction can address the hips (love handles) as well as the midsection during a tummy tuck, which can have a direct impact on how the waistline responds to the procedure. This treatment can be performed on the layers of fat closest to the dermis, which directly impacts the results of your procedure by sculpting the abdominal muscles and trimming the midsection.
The Loose Skin Factor
While liposuction can be an effective tool in whittling the waistline, it won’t provide sufficient results if loose skin is interfering with the body contour overall. This concern requires the addition of a tummy tuck, which surgically removes the extra skin to create a smoother contour. When liposuction is combined with abdominoplasty, the results of the body contouring procedure can be dramatic, particularly in producing the hourglass contour many patients are desiring.
Sculpting the Hourglass
If an hourglass shape is your ultimate goal from your tummy tuck procedure, there are a few factors to consider:
- Amount of fat and excess skin to be removed
- Extent of separation in the abdominal muscles
- Elasticity in the skin at the time of the procedure
- Whether liposuction will be included in your procedure
- Specific technique used for your tummy tuck
Choosing the Right Surgeon
If your goal with a tummy tuck is to reduce the waistline as well as to flatten the abdominal region, it is important to select a surgeon that is experienced in this procedure. Dr Morris Ritz performs tummy tucks or abdominoplasty to achieve a wide range of aesthetic goals, including a smaller waistline. To learn more about Dr Ritz’s credentials or your options in an abdominoplasty procedure, contact the office of Dr Morris Ritz today on 03 9508 9508.