Abdominoplasty (panniculectomy, abdominal lipectomy, tummy tuck) is a surgical procedure on the abdomen for removing excessive skin and fat, tightening muscles and eliminating or improving scars of the lower abdomen. Abdominoplasty is a frequent procedure in Dr. Capella's practice. He has performed over 1000 abdominoplasties.
Following pregnancy and after weight loss in both men and women, the skin of the abdominal wall can become loose and stretched leaving permanent marks. In addition, fat collects in the tissues below the skin and the abdominal wall muscles become relaxed, both conditions causing the lower abdomen to become more prominent. When large amounts of excessive skin are present, it may cause rashes between the skin folds and may make certain activities such as exercise uncomfortable. Unfortunately, the combination of loose skin, excessive fat and relaxed muscles is usually unresponsive to dieting and exercise. An abdominoplasty is designed to correct these problems