Both pregnancy and fluctuations in weight can leave the abdominal muscles weak and also create extra tummy skin with stretch marks that limit clothing choices. Abdominal muscles can be lax and separated, resulting in abdominal bulges and a big tummy, even at a lower body weight. And no one likes loose, hanging skin around the belly. Unfortunately, these changes may not be responsive to diet or exercise. A tummy tuck, also called an abdominoplasty, directly addresses these issues producing a flatter, firmer tummy and improved figure.
What Is A Tummy Tuck?
After years of weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and the unfortunate effects of aging, many men and women are left with weakened abdominal muscles and excess skin and fat hanging from their midsection. Dr. Michael Zenn is a recognized expert in abdominal wall surgery from complex hernia repairs to state-of-the-art tummy tuck procedures. By having your tummy tuck procedure at Zenn Plastic Surgery, you are receiving the best possible surgery and care. Dr. Zenn is able to restore the tummies of his patients to a firmer, flatter, more youthful appearance by removing excess skin, eliminating unwanted fat, and tightening separated abdominal muscles. This should only be considered by patients who are at or near their goal weight and looking for a long term result.
Benefits of A Tummy Tuck
- Removing excess skin
- Eliminating unwanted fat
- Tightening the underlying muscles to eliminate bulges
Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Zenn, has performed hundreds of tummy tuck procedures. He was board certified in General Surgery before he became a board-certified plastic surgeon. Therefore, he has detailed knowledge and experience operating in the abdominal area. He knows which tummy tuck techniques work, and which ones don’t. What’s more, which are “too good to be true”. He has taught the abdominoplasty procedure to residents training at Duke and UNC for more than two decades. Many of whom practice in the Raleigh Triangle area using Dr. Zenn’s techniques.
Dr. Zenn’s Approach to Tummy Tuck
An Abdominoplasty is a body contouring procedure. The tradeoff is that surgery leaves a scar in place of the excised skin. Dr. Zenn positions this incision below the waistline so that patients can enjoy a natural-looking appearance in everyday clothing and beachwear. He evaluates patients’ needs to determine whether this tradeoff makes sense for each situation. Sometimes liposuction alone, which leaves smaller and less prominent scars, is a better option for certain patients.
Is a Tummy Tuck Right for You?
During your appointment with Dr. Zenn, he will get to know you and learn what bothers you most about your abdominal area. Together, you will discuss the results you would like to see. Not only that, but also your ideal weight, fitness goals, and the best means of achieving these goals. After a physical exam, Dr. Zenn will take the following into consideration when planning your potential cosmetic surgery:
Many patients have collections of fat in the hips, stomach, and pubic area. Dr. Zenn commonly includes abdominal liposuction as part of your tummy tuck so these areas will appear smooth following surgery.
Many of our abdominoplasty patients have developed an apron of excess skin that protrudes over their waistline. Dr. Zenn can excise this loose skin to give you an improved shape. This often has the added benefit of eliminating vertical stretch marks in this area.
Dr. Zenn will assess the degree to which your abdominal muscles may have separated. This is common after pregnancy or following extreme weight fluctuations. And it can cause a bulging belly that may not respond to diet or exercise. In these cases, Dr. Zenn typically uses internal sutures to bring together the abdominal muscles, significantly tightening and flattening your belly.
Too many plastic surgeons tighten all patient’s muscles, bulge or not. Dr. Zenn feels strongly, that this is not necessary. Doing so, only shows a lack of understanding of the dynamic function of the abdominal core.
The consultation is indeed, perfect time to “ask the expert” anything and everything you want to know about tummy tuck surgery. And equally important, other cosmetic surgery procedures you may desire. Dr. Zenn will be happy to answer your questions to make sure you understand all the considerations for surgery. He will share his thoughts regarding the “latest and greatest” cosmetic procedures that address fat in the abdomen. And also, why they may or may not deliver the results you desire. No question is too small or insignificant. We want you to be comfortable with your decision to have surgery and confident in your choice of surgeon.
Zenn Plastic Surgery Offers Many Plastic Surgery Procedures. Such As:
- Breast Reconstruction
- Eyelid Surgery
- Facelift Surgery
- Fat Grafting
- Brow Lift
- Breast Augmentation
- Reduction of the Breasts
- Lifting of the Breast
- Mommy Makeover Surgery
- Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures