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Newport Beach Tummy Tuck

The ideal abdominal contour as seen frequently in lingerie models and athletes follows certain features that define an aesthetically beautiful and healthy figure. These features include a well-defined rectus abdominus silhouette with or without “six-pack” muscle indentations. A narrow indentation defines the mid-abdominal line in between the two large rectus muscles. The trunk follows an hour-glass shape with a waist that curves inward. The belly button is vertically oriented (long rather than wide), and the abdominal tissue over the rectus muscles is full with obliquely-oriented depressions on the outer muscles. The upper thigh tissue is firm and smooth.

Everyone would like to have a tummy that is tight, firm, flat, and well-contoured. As we age, that goal may not be achievable by weight loss or exercise alone. People of normal weight can still develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging.

The combined effects of aging, gravity, fluctuations in weight, pregnancy, gastric bypass surgery, and loss of skin elasticity can all contribute to lax abdominal muscles and soft tissue. Pregnancy and weight gain stretch and separate the two main abdominal muscles that are responsible for the six-pack look (the rectus abdominus muscles). These muscles form two vertical bands down the abdomen that are joined at the midline by connective tissue. The abdominal skin may be stretched beyond its biomechanical capability and result in breakage of the deeper dermal layer of skin. After childbirth or significant weight loss, the stretched skin is now unable to spring back and contract. The degree of deeper skin damage, visible as stretch marks, determines the ability of the skin to retract to its initial elastic form. Excess skin and fatty tissue as well as laxity of the abdominal wall muscles are commonly the result.There is often extra skin and underlying fat in both the upper and lower abdomen. The most significant changes after pregnancy or weight gain are visible around and below the belly button, where excess skin and fat can hang over the groin area. Development of excess skin and fat around the flanks (love handles) is also a common problem.

A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. But when stretched beyond the capacity to return to normal, abdominal tissue doesn’t respond to exercise and diet programs. In such cases, abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, may provide a highly effective, immediate solution in the treatment of stubborn abdominal areas. Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure to remove excess abdominal skin and fat from the abdomen and to tighten the underlying muscles of the abdominal wall. As an added benefit of the tummy tuck, not only will the abdominal region be firmer and flatter, but the waist will be smaller. While the degree of improvement varies significantly depending on the extent of the abdominoplasty surgery, other factors contribute to the surgical outcome, such as the patient’s skin tone, body build, and the individual healing process. The Newport Beach tummy tuck operation is done on men and women alike. Following tummy tuck surgery, many patients experience an immediate improvement in self-esteem and discover greater self-confidence. In addition, many people enjoy shopping for new form-fitting clothes and are less self-conscious at the gym, around the pool, or at the beach.

Abdominoplasty is a very popular procedure when it comes to plastic surgery in Orange County and can produce satisfactory results for many people. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’s 2004 Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank, the number of abdominoplasty procedures performed has increased 344% in the last seven years.

Abdominoplasty is frequently combined with liposuction in the form of the new technique of lipoabdominoplasty. It may also be performed after another surgery, such as a hysterectomy or other gynecologic surgery. A pre-existing C-section scar on the lower abdomen can often be removed during an abdominoplasty performed by Dr. Agha.

Although the results of an abdominoplasty are considered permanent, weight fluctuations after surgery can cause the abdomen to protrude again. Patients who intend to lose a lot of weight should postpone the surgery until they have reached their weight goals. Also, women who plan future pregnancies should wait until they are finished having children so the results of an abdominoplasty are not undone.

Because smoking can increase the risk of complications and delay healing, smokers should quit at least three weeks before surgery and remain smoke-free for three weeks after surgery.

Over the past several decades, abdominoplasty surgical technique has undergone a significant evolution. As early as 1899, plastic surgeon Dr. Kelly attempted to correct excess abdominal skin and fat using a horizontal incision. Since then many variations and incisions have been suggested. In 1924, Dr. Thorek described a procedure that preserved the umbilicus. In 1967, Dr. Pitanguy published a report of 300 abdominoplasties, and in the same year, Dr. Callia described a low incision that extended below the groin crease. Later in 1972, the W-technique for abdominoplasty was described, and in 1973, the bikini line incision. When the Saint Tropez bikini (with a very low waistline) was fashionable, the abdominoplasty incision was nearly horizontal in order to be concealed under such a garment. When the French-line bikini (with a very high leg cut) was popular, the abdominoplasty incision had to be converted from a nearly horizontal line to an incision that paralleled the groin lines. Since the turn of the century, bikinis with very low waistlines have become more popular again. Therefore, proper adjustments in techniques are again necessary to achieve a tailor-made tummy tuck that fits each individual’s body.

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