Trained at the Mayo Clinic in plastic surgery, Dr. Chad Robbins, M.D., F.A.C.S., now performs both reconstructive and cosmetic surgery for Bowling Green, KY, patients. One of the most sought after operations he performs is the abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck.”
What is a Tummy Tuck?
The tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to improve the appearance and firmness of the abdomen. The surgery removes excess skin and fat from the middle and bottom of the abdomen to improve the tightness of the abdominal muscle and fascia.
Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
Abdominoplasties are most often performed on people who have lost a large amount of weight or on women after pregnancy. After the surgery, recipients will notice a host of changes:
- A more balanced appearance
- Removal of excess “flappy” skin
- A smaller, flatter stomach region
- An increase in positive self-image and self-esteem
How is a Tummy Tuck performed?
Abdominoplasty surgeries vary in their objectives and are therefore often divided into several sub-categories: complete, partial, extended, circumferential, FAB technique and high lateral tension tummy tuck.
First, an incision is drawn from hip to hip above the pubic zone, and another incision frees the navel. After the incisions, the skin is separated from the abdominal wall, revealing the muscles and fascia. The muscle and fascia are tightened with sutures and liposuction may be used to refine some areas before the incisions are closed.
All other tummy tuck techniques follow the same general procedure, but they may combine with other body parts to create an all-around body makeover.
Dr. Robbins is certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He has presented at conferences around the country and is the Vice Chair of Plastic Surgery at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville, near Bowling Green, KY.