What are your treatment options if you have experienced pregnancies or massive weight loss and your stomach has lost elasticity in its skin texture and has lost muscle tone? Dr. Del Vecchio presents at national and international plastic surgery meetings on the topic of body contouring including abdominoplasty and sees many people in consultation for abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) in his Boston Plastic Surgery office. Often he recommends abdominoplasty performed in conjunction with some element of liposuction. An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck is a cosmetic procedure which removes excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and tightesn the muscles in the abdominal wall.
Dr. Del Vecchio thinks that in Boston tummy tuck candidates are most satisfied with their results when they are in relatively good shape but have large fat deposits or loose abdominal skin that won't respond to diet or exercise. The tummy tuck surgery is particularly helpful if you have stretched your abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where it can shrink back due to pregnancies or weight loss. You should also be at a stable weight prior to the tummy tuck surgery. If you are experiencing steady weight loss as the result of a diet, Dr. Del Vecchio suggests completing your weight loss and arriving at a stable weight to achieve optimal results. Additionally, Dr. Del Vecchio suggests that you wait until you are done having children before you have a tummy tuck procedure. A subsequent pregnancy may cause the muscles tightened during abdominoplasty to become re-separated. Make sure to discuss your individual situation with Dr. Del Vecchio during your consultation.
While at your abdominoplasty consultation, Dr. Del Vecchio will seek to comprehend your expectations for the procedure. After gaining an understanding of what you hope to accomplish, Dr. Del Vecchio can determine if the abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) procedure is right for you. Make sure to be candid about your expectations and your medical history as this will help the doctor in your diagnosis. Many times a person who thinks they desire a tummy tuck may be a candidate for liposuction or may need both procedures. Before you come in for your consultation, make sure to visit the Boston Tummy Tuck Photo Gallery to see past patients operated on by Dr Del Vecchio and to view the results they have achieved. Some patients have up to 8-9 liters of fat suctioned in conjunction with a tummy tuck, which is considered a large volume liposuction abdominoplasty.
During your abdominoplasty or tummy tuck procedure, Dr. Del Vecchio will smooth out your stomach muscles by placing a horizontal incision that will span from your hip to hip just above the pubic area. To tighten the abdomen wall, Dr. Del Vecchio will bring together the loose muscles in the midline suturing them together. Dr. Del Vecchio will remove excess skin downward and will close the incision as low as possible in the bikini line. This will give you in a firmer abdomen wall, a flatter abdomen, and a narrower waistline. Depending on the amount of skin that remains after the tummy tuck procedure has been performed, your navel may also need to be repositioned. Dr. Del Vecchio will create a small incision for a new opening for the belly button which he will then suture into place.
Depending on your abdominal situation, you may also not need a full tummy tuck but rather a partial or mini tummy tuck. In general, Dr. Del Vecchio believes a mini tummy tuck can be a better solution if your stubborn areas are located in the lower abdomen wall only. You may be a candidate for the mini tummy tuck if you have a small pouch below your belly button and do not have a lot of stretch marks, sagging skin, or a hooded belly button. A mini tummy tuck is generally not as extensive and the surgery and recovery period are typically shorter than a full tummy tuck. The only way to know if you need a full or partial tummy tuck is to come in for a consultation with Dr. Del Vecchio.
Dr. Del Vecchio has privileges at many hospital locations in Boston for your convenience. If you want to have your tummy tuck procedure in Boston, the surgery will be performed at Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary, a Harvard teaching hospital. If you are coming from the South Shore, Cape Cod and Rhode Island, Quincy Medical Center is available for your tummy tuck procedure. For tummy tuck patients coming from the North Shore and New Hampshire, North Shore Medical Center, a part of Partners Health Plan, is also available.
Did you get the information you needed on your Boston tummy tuck procedure? The best way to learn more about abdominoplasty in Boston is to schedule your personal consultation visit with Dr. Del Vecchio. We do recommend writing a list of questions and bringing them to the appointment to consult with Dr. Del Vecchio. If you do forget to ask during the consultation, you can always call the office.
What’s next? If you have additional questions or would like to schedule your tummy tuck consultation with Dr. Del Vecchio, please contact our office by e-mail or by phone at 617 262 8528.