Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a ‘tummy tuck,’ is a surgical procedure used to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall.
Abdominoplasty is requested most often by mothers once they have completed their family and are wanting to get their body back to their pre-pregnancy state. This procedure can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen or tummy and give back more youthful contours, but you will have a scar that runs from one hip to the other.
Most women are very happy to trade the scar for more normal contours. To see what these scars look like at 3 months following surgery, take a look at our photo gallery. We have examples of women of all shapes, sizes and ages to give you an idea of the results that can be achieved. Bear in mind that these scars are still young and will fade in colour over the next 12 to 16 months. However, the scars will never fade completely.
If you are concerned by excess skin on your lower tummy and a “pot belly” or protuberance of the lower abdomen only, then you may not need a full abdominoplasty or tummy tuck. Instead you may require only a mini-abdominoplasty.
Dr McGovern will examine you at your initial consultation and determine if the mini-abdominoplasty or full abdominoplasty will give you the best result.
Apronectomy is the removal of a wedge of fat and skin from the lower abdomen.
Typically used for a person that has an overhanging abdominal apron and wants a simple procedure to remedy the problem.
May also be chosen for a person that has health problems that would preclude them from the longer and more complex Abdominoplasty procedure.
Brachioplasty, or arm reduction is a surgical procedure designed to remove loose and sagging skin from the upper arm. This procedure is generally considered following massive weight loss achieved by diet alone, or following some form of weight reduction surgery such as a “lap band”.
Labiaplasty is the surgical reduction of the size of one or both labia. The usual complaint from patients is that their labia are too long, not symmetrical or too pigmented. Factors such as trauma, congenital defects, pregnancy and childbirth, as well as time and gravity can be the cause for larger and darker than normal labia. Labiaplasty procedures have now lost the stigma once associated with this type of surgery and as a result many more women are assessing their options for improvement in this area.
Suction assisted lipectomy, also known as liposuction or suction lipectomy, is a technique to remove unwanted fat deposits from specific areas of the body, including the chin, neck, and cheeks, the upper arms and above the breast, the abdomen, buttocks, hips, and thighs, and the knees, calves, and ankles. Liposuction is not a substitute for weight reduction, but a method of removing localized fat that doesn’t respond to dieting and exercise.
Enhancing your appearance with a thigh lift. If fitness and weight loss efforts have not achieved your goals for a body that is firmer, more youthful-looking and more proportionate to your overall body image, a surgical thigh lift may be right for you.