For the past 25+ years, plastic surgeons like Dr. Roger J. Oldham have been able to care for patients who express dissatisfaction in the shape of their bodies. Most often patients are frustrated by the retention of fatty tissue in the abdominal area and request body contouringprocedures such as a full abdominoplasty (tummy tuck surgery) or a modified abdominoplasty (mini tummy tuck surgery). Dr. Oldham’s patients, especially women between 30 to 54 years of age, have found the care they needed with mini tummy tuck surgery.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, tummy tuck plastic surgery is most common among women between the ages of 30 and 54. This is perhaps because abdominoplasty procedures can alleviate the physical repercussions of lifestyle choices like childbirth. Dr. Oldham performs a full abdominoplasty by treating both the upper and lower abdomen which involves liposuction of fatty tissue and a suturing of the abdominal wall for strength. With modified abdominoplasty, Dr. Oldham targets this procedure to the lower abdomen which some women refer to as a tummy “pouch.” The muscles are sometimes sutured in this procedure, but sometimes the muscles of the abdominal wall are still intact and do not require such treatment, as seen in these photographs before and after a modified abdominoplasty (mini tummy tuck).
Recovery for both full and modified abdominoplasty procedures is similar, but if you have additional questions about the difference or would like to request an abdominoplasty price estimate, feel free to call our Bethesda plastic surgery practice.