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Abdominoplasty, Tummy Tuck

At the Chesapeake Center for Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, tummy reshaping is among the most frequently performed procedures. Abdominoplasty is a term to describe plastic surgery of the abdomen. You've also heard it referred to as a tummy tuck. When your abdominal skin is slack or droopy, and if your abdomen looks like there's not enough muscle support, then a tummy tuck may help you to put it all back together. When diet and exercise have not produced the result you seek, a consultation with Dr. Grenga will give you the opportunity to learn how a tummy tuck may help you to achieve a more attractive abdominal contour. Many individuals tell us that "I have never had a flat tummy". If that is the case, then it's time to contact us for a consultation and learn how tummy tuck can restore a prettier abdomen.

Among the most common causes for loose skin, stretch marks, or stubborn fat deposits is pregnancy. Whether you have had one, two, or more children, the effects of pregnancy can include a widened waist, a "pooch" of excess lower abdominal skin, or unsightly stretch marks. Usually, all of these can be treated with an abdominoplasty. The extent of improvement will depend on your skin condition to start with, the degree of muscle tone that you possess, and other factors such as smoking history, scars that are present on the tummy, and your tendency for healing. While no two individuals have the exact same shape or problems that require a tummy tuck, Dr. Grenga will show you to what extent you may experience a restoration of a more balanced figure and youthful abdominal shape.

Dr. Grenga can perform a tummy tuck procedure at the same time that you have your hysterectomy, hernia repair, or one of many other abdominal operations. You should ask your surgeon or gynecologist whether it is feasible to have your tummy tuck while your having the other operation. After your consultation with Dr. Grenga, he will discuss combining your surgery and a tummy tuck with your ob-gyn or general surgeon. Our staff can coordinate the combined procedures so that you enjoy less "down time" while recovering from both procedures at once. If you have had previous abdominal surgery, whether it was a hysterectomy, removal of the gall bladder, or a hernia repair, chances are that the muscles of the abdomen are not as tight as they should be. If there are also fat deposits that just won't seem to go away, no matter how much you have been exercising, then a tummy tuck may be what it takes to create the younger looking, more shapely abdominal contour that you'd like to have.

After massive weight loss (if you have had a gastric bypass operation, for example) tummy tuck can help to restore a trimmer abdomen. This usually requires the removal of accumulated loose skin, and to a lesser extent, muscle tightening and removal of fatty deposits that have not melted away after bypass surgery. Frequently, we will combine a tummy tuck after weight loss with liposuction, arm lift, thigh lift, face lift, or breast lift, depending on which other structures have drooped after the pounds are shed. Among the procedures that are frequently combined with tummy tuck are liposuction, breast enlargement and breast reduction.

Abdominoplasty - tummy tuck can help reduce or eliminate the extra tissue and tighten loose tummy muscles. The views on this page illustrate the appearance before a tummy tuck procedure (on the left). They show many of the characteristics that occur after child bearing: weak muscles, laxity of the tissues and a "bulge" on the lower tummy that just won't go away with exercise and conditioning.


The views of the same woman after tummy tuck (on the right side) show the impressive degree of reshaping that can be achieved with the procedure. Dr. Grenga will "custom design" the techniques which best suits your abdominal restoration. A combination of muscle tightening, removal of excess skin or stretch damaged areas, and lipopsuction for those stubborn areas that resist weight loss efforts are combined to make your tummy tuck the right combo for your shape.


Many of our patients have found that they cannot get rid of the excess tummy no matter how hard they try. Diet, exercise, and conditioning are often just not able to reduce the additional pounds from the tummy, waist and hips. All of these areas can be reshaped thanks to the abdominoplasty procedure.


Dr Grenga uses his extensive experience with plastic surgery of the torso to rejuvenate what for many is the toughest part of the body to shape up. He'll remove the excess skin, tighten up the tummy muscles to refine the shape of the waist, and use suction assisted lipectomy (you've heard this called liposuction also). In many instances, he can use an existing scar if it lies low on the abdomen, such as a scar from a previous Caesarean section or hysterectomy. The examples of abdominoplasty shown are individuals, who like yourself, have once wondered "What can you do to improve my shape, Dr. Grenga?"

If you've lost weight and just cannot seem to lose the rest of the extra tissue, then the abdominoplasty procedure may be able to help you obtain the contour you'd like to have. By combining an extensive experience with tummy tuck operations over the last two decades, Dr. Grenga specializes in body contouring to recreate a more youthful tummy. As the photos indicate, in many instances, the entire torso appears more balanced, even athletic, after a tummy tuck. Usually, a woman can resume her conditioning exercises by four weeks after her operation. Dr. Grenga emphasizes that because operation is not a substitute for healthy eating habits, exercise and conditioning, tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure. In most instances, tummy tuck compliments the results that have been achieved with weight loss.


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