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In general, tummy tucks address three major things:
- Excess tummy skin:
Loose abdominal skin can happen from weight gain and loss or pregnancy. Stretch marks are common. Excess skin is removed, leaving a scar. Stretch marks present on the removed skin go away, too. The length of your scar depends on how much skin is removed.
- Excess tummy fat:
Fat between the skin and your core muscles is called "subcutaneous fat". Skin removal includes the fat underneath it. Additional fat can be removed by cutting it away or with liposuction.
- Loose inner girdle or core:
Your abdominal muscles, known as the "six-pack" muscles, are normally paired closely together up and down the middle of your tummy. With pregnancy or weight gain the inside of your abdomen expands. This creates pressure on the core girdle from the inside. This pressure stretches the core and separates the six pack muscles. This is called a diastasis. The effect is like loosening a belt. The circumference of your abdomen increases. A rounded or bulging contour results. This is sometimes referred to as a "pooch". Unfortunately, sit-ups and other core exercises will not bring the muscles closer together. Many women find this incredibly frustrating. Do not be hard on yourself—surgery is the only way to fix this.
Tummy Tuck Scars
Photo: Loose skin and stretch marks improved with tummy tuck. Patient shown 6 months post-op. Additional scar fading occurs over first 1 to 2 years. Notice how natural the belly button looks with Dr. Vennemeyer’s unique belly button technique.
The various tummy tuck techniques used by Dr. Vennemeyer address these three major problems to a different degree and in slightly different ways.
Mini Tummy Tuck
A mini-tummy tuck, or mini-abdominoplasty, is perfect for those with excessive skin limited to the area between their belly button and pubic area. Bulging tissue in this area may result from separation of the lower abdominal muscles and accumulation of excess skin and fat. The procedure involves a small incision directly above the pubic area. In this procedure, loose skin is removed and muscles are tightened below the belly button so that your lower abdomen is flatter and tighter. This procedure will not tighten the upper abdomen. In some cases, Dr. Vennemeyer recommends liposuction along with your mini-tummy tuck to help you get the best result possible.
This procedure is great for women and men with loose skin, core bulging and smaller amounts of excess fat. A full tummy tuck or abdominoplasty tightens the entire abdomen from ribcage to pubic area. Most stretch marks below the belly button can be removed with this procedure. The core muscles are tightened above and below your belly button to improve bulging.
Tummy Tuck After Massive Weight Loss
Dr. Vennemeyer always says that it takes about 6-8 weeks until you will feel 100% back to your normal energy level, but depending on your line of work and daily activates, most women take a minimum of 1 week off work.
I had a great experience with Dr. Vennemeyer! He, his wife Andrea, and his team are absolutely professional and dedicated. I couldn’t be happier with my results! I was in the best hands throughout the process, from the initial consultation to the recovery and follow ups. I was given detailed information every time, and provided clear and straight forward answers to my many questions. I fully trust his professionalism and skills.
I highly recommend Dr. Vennemeyer to anyone considering plastic surgery. I am thrilled with my tummy tuck and liposuction results! My abdomen is tight and flat and the scar is very low and easily hidden by underwear. My belly button looks very natural and the scar is minimal. My hips curve in naturally on the sides and I don’t have any lumps from the liposuction. Dr. Vennemeyer is a skilled an caring doctor with an excellent bed side manner.
Dr. Vennemeyer was so kind and easy to talk to. He listened to my concerns and what I wanted out of the procedure and helped me figure out the best plan for my body type! The office staff was super nice as well. They definitely made me feel comfortable and explained everything in great detail. I highly recommend them to anyone in search of a plastic surgeon.
There is not enough incredible words to say how amazing Dr. Vennemeyer and his team is. From the first phone call, appointments before surgery, surgery and all my appointments after have been nothing less then amazing. I absolutely love my results! I highly recommend them to anyone.