For patients struggling to target abdominal muscles for contouring, Dr. Roger J. Oldham recommends body contouring procedures, including abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and liposuction. Many factors in life lead to weight gain and retention in the abdominal area, including the physiological changes associated with pregnancy. Abdominoplasty, with liposuction assist, is an ideal procedure if you’ve experienced these changes and frustrations in trying to reverse them.
During pregnancy, the abdominal muscles become stretched out, and despite aggressive abdominal exercises, they usually do not return to the pre-pregnancy contour because of the stretching and separation of the fascial covering of the abdominal muscles. Abdominoplasty is almost always assisted with liposuction to start the contouring process. Liposuction, alone, however is not enough to achieve the desired result if the abdominal skin has become relaxed and loose and the underlying muscles have lost their support from pregnancy or weight changes. After liposuction, the procedure is then followed by muscle tightening and then excess skin removal. The final incision is placed on the lower abdomen, just above the pubic area, where it can easily be hidden by bikini underwear or swimsuit. Individual patients have found that scar treatments work well to further reduce the visibility of incision sites post-surgery, as seen in these patients before and after tummy tuck surgery with Dr. Oldham.
Dr. Oldham’s Bethesda practice is conveniently-located at the convergence of I-270 and I-495, near Montgomery Mall which means it’s easily accessible from throughout the Washington D.C. metro area. Call today to schedule your tummy tuck consultation.