A major plastic surgery of the abdomen after massive weight loss is called the tummy tuck or abdominoplasty. The degree of plastic surgery of the abdomen that a previously obese person requires to correct their redundant or hanging abdominal skin problem is related to their current condition. Seldom, if ever, will liposuction plastic surgery be enough to correct the abdominal skin problem. Liposuction plastic surgery is almost always utilized by the plastic surgeon during the tummy tuck or abdominoplasty plastic surgery procedures. There is no difference between the tummy tuck plastic surgery procedure and the abdominoplasty plastic surgery procedure; it is just a different name.
Before and after photos of tummy tuck after weight loss surgery courtesy of Dr. Michael J. Brown.
The tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) plastic surgery procedure involves cutting away the extra, redundant abdominal skin and fat, then using plastic surgery sewing techniques, sewing the loose abdominal wall muscles closer together, repositioning the belly button (umbilicus), and then using plastic surgery sewing techniques to sew the new belly button to its new position and close the wound. The resulting scar from a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) plastic surgery procedure that remains on the abdomen is typically located from one hip bone area, to above the pubic hair area and then to the other hip bone area. This plastic surgery abdominal scar may extend onto the side and even onto the back of the person who had a very large full abdominal fat amount with extension over the hips and onto the back. So the plastic surgery scar length depends upon the previously obese person's body shape, not only when they were very heavy, but also after they have undergone the weight loss. This plastic surgery scar may be connected to other body recontouring scars to make a circumferential scar that looks like a belt and may be hidden in the underwear or bathing suit. These other body type plastic surgery procedures usually involve lifting the thigh, leg and buttock areas.