Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Surgery Houston
A flat, firm abdomen – what everyone wants, but many find impossible to obtain. Pregnancy, weight gain, and weight loss can take a tremendous toll on the body, particularly the waistline. A tummy tuck can help by erasing the effects of repeated stretching and weight fluctuation. This procedure removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen and tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall. The result of a tummy tuck is to dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen, giving a flatter, tighter stomach and a thinner waistline.
ABDOMINOPLASTY (TUMMY TUCK):
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, removes large amounts of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen. The procedure also tightens muscles of the abdomen, resulting in a smaller waistline and a more slender profile. The umbilicus is repaired and the mons (pubic region) is lifted. Hernias, if present can be repaired.
A panniculectomy is a small portion of the full abdominoplasty procedure. Strictly speaking, this procedure is done to remove the abdominal “pannus”. The pannus is the skin and fat that hangs over the pubic area.
A panniculectomy removes the pannus; however, a panniculectomy does not address the abdominal musculature, distorted umbilicus, sagging mons, or allow for correction of any existing hernias. This procedure does not correct skin laxity of the upper abdomen, lift the mons, or correct the waistline with liposuction. Health insurance may pay for a portion of the panniculectomy component of an abdominoplasty.