An abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a procedure that accomplishes three primary goals: eliminating unwanted loose skin, eliminating stretch marks, and tightening the abdominal muscles. Typically abdominoplasty surgery is performed on women who have undergone extensive weight loss or who have had children. To help ensure that his patients enjoy the best possible results, Dr. Smart pays particular attention to hiding scars and creating a natural-looking belly button.
Dr. Smart: An abdominoplasty is a procedure that does three things. It
removes loose skin. It can also remove stretch marks, and it tightens
muscles. Most commonly, it is performed on women after they've had children
or after weight loss. In men, obviously, it's performed after weight loss.
The patient has excess skin that no amount of diet and exercise can
eliminate. They'll have stretched out muscles that, again, can't be
corrected by diet and exercise and a lot of times stretch marks that they
want to get rid of. My goals for an abdominoplasty are to restore the
abdominal silhouette back to its either pre-baby state or pre-weight gain
state and do it in as inconspicuous a manner as possible.
I have patients all the time tell me they would like to have an
abdominoplasty, but they've seen a lot of ugly belly buttons or ugly scars
after abdominoplasty. I really put a lot of importance on creating a very
natural belly button. I do this by placing the scar in such a way that it's
almost invisible. The other key thing to accomplish in an abdominoplasty is
to keep the abdominoplasty scar itself extremely low. That way the patient
can wear low cut bathing suits, jeans, or shorts without having the scar
Dina: I came into Dr. Smart for a mini tummy tuck. I have two beautiful
daughters, and I had both of them via Cesarean so I came in to get just
that little bitty kangaroo pouch fixed in the bottom. I've been very happy
with my results. It's been an amazing experience.