A tummy tuck, technically called abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes the excess skin and tightens the muscles of the abdomen to give the stomach a flat and firm look. It is not designed as a remedy for weight loss. To achieve maximum results after a tummy tuck surgery you should incorporate a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet and an exercise program into your life. Dr. Rohrich will help you set up a specific program for you if you so desire.
Dr. Rohrich is a *board-certified world-renown plastic surgeon and educator who specializes in cosmetic surgery body sculpting. He has performed well over 700 body lifting procedures and has over 15 years of experience in plastic surgery. He has written numerous articles for scientific journals and magazines and lectures internationally on body sculpting. He has been featured on Prime Time Live, The Oprah Winfrey Show and Barbara Walter’s The View discussing body scultping.
If you’re considering abdominoplasty the information provided will give you a basic understanding of the procedure but it can’t answer all of your questions, since a lot depends on your individual circumstances. For more information view the “Frequently Asked Questions”.
Am I a good candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
Your visit with Dr. Rohrich will determine if you are a good candidate. If you are in good physical and mental health with reasonable expectations you should be an appropriate candidate.
If you have good skin tone and a small amount of skin laxity, especially just below your navel (umbilicus), you may be an appropriate candidate for a mini abdominoplasty. A mini abdominoplasty will remove only the extra skin below the navel. The small incision is hidden in the pubic area. If you have extra skin above and below the navel, a traditional abdominoplasty is performed. If you have a significant amount of skin all the way around your central body, you may be a candidate for an extended abdominoplasty. This surgery lifts not only the abdomen but also the lateral thighs and buttocks. The incision extends around to the back of the body. Dr. Rohrich will review all of your surgical options at the time of your consultation.
Dr. Rohrich is an advocate of health and nutrition and believes that patients can maximize their results if they exercise and eat healthy. Before you decide to have surgery, think about your expectations and discuss them with Dr. Rohrich.
During your consultation, you will learn about the surgery, its limitations and risks, and discuss your needs and concerns. This will help Dr. Rohrich understand your expectations and determine whether they realistically can be achieved. He will examine your body and will consider such factors as the quality of your skin tone and the contour of your body. He will explain which surgical techniques are most appropriate for you.
After your consultation a photographer will take photographs for your medical record and surgery and you will meet with Dr. Rohrich’s patient coordinator to discuss the surgery fees and available scheduling dates. You may also schedule an additional consultation to view computer imaging so that you can visualize the results of the surgical technique that Dr. Rohrich has specifically designed for you. If you would like to view “before and after” results of some of Dr. Rohrich’s abdominoplasty patients, you may visit the “Patient Photo” section on this site.
You should come to the consultation prepared to discuss your medical history. This will include information about any medical conditions, drug allergies, medical treatments you have received including previous surgeries and medications that you currently take. It is important for you to provide complete information.
How is a Tummy Tuck performed?
There are many types of abdominoplasties and body lifts, from mini to extended. Dr. Rohrich will determine which is best for you at the time of the initial consultation. Elements that will influence the decision include your body habitus, amount of redundant skin and adipose tissue that you have in your central abdominal wall and central trunk area.
One type of body lift procedure Dr. Rohrich performs is a thigh lift. A thigh lift lifts the outer and/or inner thighs and lower back area. This procedure is best for patients who desire tightening of excess skin that has begun to sag from age or from massive weight loss. Dr. Rohrich also performs an “extended abdominoplasty”, also called a central body lift. This surgery makes an incision circumferentially around the waist and is the best approach for patients who want to change the diameter of their waist as well as remove excess skin. In some cases a “mini” abdominoplasty is performed for patients who do not want the length of the scar but want the better result that the abdominoplasty can give verses just mere liposuction. This scar is typically 4″ long and just above the pubic area.