dr. J. VANDEPUTTE

Plastic Surgery

Before

After 3 m.

After 13 m.

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tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) with liposculpture, repair of umbilical hernia and muscle correction

Liposculpture (aspiration of fat excess) can safely be combined with surgical removal of skin excess. Without liposculpture, it is difficult to pull the skin and a thick layer of fat on the upper half of the tummy all the way down to cover the lower half. Deposits of fat in the waistline can also be aspirated.

An umbilical hernia (subcutaneous displacement of abdominal content) is repaired first. Abdominal muscles which moved away from the midline are surgically restored in their original position. The aponeurosis of the external oblique abdominal muscles is tightened. This enhances the waistline and restores the possibility to train the abdominal wall muscles efficiently.

Finally, the skin below the belly-button is removed. The remaining soft tissues are pulled down to cover the lower half of the tummy. The belly-button is put back in its original position.

The dark scar is typical for the situation a few months after the operation. The red or pink colour disappears over one to two years.

The left column shows the situation before the operation. In the middle is the result at three months, with red scars. On the right you see the result after more than a year, with almost mature scars.

Age category: 30 - 34 years.

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