What is Abdominoplasty?With a growing popularity of body contouring procedures, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) has received special attention both in the New York media as well as the scientific arena. Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure in which excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen is removed. The muscles of the abdominal wall are also tightened during the course of the body contouring procedure. Men and women alike increasingly seek this abdominal body contouring modus operandi. Women typically in the postpartum pool particularly ones with significant relaxation of abdominal muscles after multiple pregnancies are prime candidates for the body contouring procedure.
Lateral Tension Abdominoplasty:Careful study of abdominal and truncal anatomy reveals aging in both the horizontal and vertical dimensions. In addition to normal aging factors, pregnancy causes abdominal muscle and fascia (tissue between abdominal muscles) to stretch with different degrees of persistence after birth. The goal of any body contouring procedure is to return the abdominal tissues to their original youthful phase and place. This means treating the whole abdominal aesthetic unit (from below the breasts to the upper thigh area, circumferentially) as one entity and to address the significant body contouring variables by different means of a surgical approach. The Lateral Tension Abdominoplasty (LTA) is the procedure that does just that. Multiple abdominoplasty procedures have been described and are performed routinely. In these classic procedures, the design typically addresses only the lower abdominal area. The improved design of the LTA allows return of all anatomical areas to their prior occupational space. This procedure uses a bikini line or increasingly more popular lower set incision similar to the traditional abdominoplasty techniques. In this method however, the maximum tension is shifted from the central third of the abdomen to the lateral thirds of the incision. This in turn renders the lateral thigh area a much more aesthetic and lifted youthful appearance. The improved design of LTA includes a more aggressive skin resection pattern especially in the lateral area. This combined with aggressive liposuction (liposculpture) address the entire abdominal aesthetic area. Furthermore, as this technique naturally preserves the blood supply to the abdomen, it lowers some of the risks classically associated with the traditional abdominoplasty techniques. In some cases, a mini abdominoplasty (mini tummy tuck) is indicated. A much smaller bikini incision is used and the muscles are tightened. The navel is not moved. Liposuction of the abdomen and small skin removal complete the procedure. LTA is performed on an outpatient ambulatory surgical facility setting with a short postoperative recovery period. Other less invasive mini abdominoplasty techniques can reduce this recovery time further in the appropriate candidates. Dr. Kevin Tehrani has received special training from the late Dr. Ted E. Lockwood, the pioneer of the Lateral Tension Abdominoplasty technique. He is very well versed in this technique and is proud to be the first graduate offering this body contouring procedure in New York City.
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