The tummy tuck procedure itself is not one surgical step, instead, it involves four elements that are combined to create the customised and desired results. Liposuction, on the other hand, focuses on only eliminating unwanted fat cells from the body—a tummy tuck is designed to create leaner contours by addressing a long list of issues that stop the abdomen from looking toned and slim.

Excess Fat

Stubborn unwanted fat pockets are the obvious issues when it comes to having a large waistline. Although liposuction is normally administered as a solo surgical procedure, it can also be part of a tummy tuck procedure to aid in flattening the area. During the excess fat part of the procedure nearly everything is handled as it would be for a liposuction procedure: The fat is loosened and suctioned out through a cannula (thin tube). With liposuction tiny incisions are need that are later stitched closed, whereas in tummy tuck procedures, the incisions allows the surgeon entry for further access.

Excess Skin

While excess fat creates bulges, excess skin leads to a large sagging pouch that can conceal even well-defined stomach muscles that rest underneath the skin. Excess tissue can be anything from a very small amount to a massive amount. For a tummy tuck, the plastic surgeon will re-drape the abdominal skin so that it sits tight and flat, then he/she will trim away the remaining excess skin. The subsequent sutures and incision for this part of the procedure are generally hidden lower on the stomach otherwise known as the bikini line.

Lax Muscles

As we age, our belly muscles and the covering fascia loosen. A taut fascia helps to hold everything together in its proper place – a lax fascia allows the contents behind to protrude outward. Abdominal muscles can separate, which leaves the whole midsection looking loose and flabby. During a tummy tuck, a surgeon who specialises in tummy tuck procedures like Dr Laniewski will, if needed, suture the fascia and muscles back together in order to make everything tight and toned once again. In some cases, this may be the main element of the procedure just as it is in a mini-tummy tuck.

Belly Button Placement

The plastic surgeon may need to move the belly button, but this all depends on the details of the customised tummy tuck. Moving the belly button consists of making a hole in the newly tight abdominal skin so that way the belly button will stay where it should to stay proportional to the rest of the body.

Because every single patient has a unique body size and shape, as well as personal goals for their desired look, every tummy tuck is its own procedure. While there are commonalities between all similar surgeries, no two procedures are exactly alike.

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