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Are You a Candidate for Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Posted August 17, 2023 in Body Contouring, No Drain Tummy Tuck, True Form Tummy Tuck®, Tummy Tuck, Uncategorized

By Dr. Christopher Patronella

Generally, a candidate for a formal, full abdominoplasty or tummy tuck (True Form Tummy Tuck®) is someone who has three main components:

  1. Separation of the muscle wall (diastasis), usually in a woman who’s had children
  2. Excess thickness of the fat pad over the abdominal wall
  3. Loose skin of the upper and lower abdomen

Those three things can all be improved during a True Form Tummy Tuck®.The fat is thinned in such a way that the normal anatomical structures underneath can be accentuated. In addition, the muscle wall separation is repaired, and the excess skin is removed.

I perform a full tummy tuck as a True Form Tummy Tuck, where I use progressive tension sutures, which are placed in the space of the skin above and the muscle below to achieve the following benefits:

  1. The normal anatomical features are accentuated, creating the soft definition you see on an attractive, toned abdomen.
  2. The need for drains is eliminated because I close off the spaces with the internal stitches; therefore, there is no space for fluid to accumulate under the skin.

Read more about the key elements of Dr. Patronella’s True Form Tummy Tuck here.

Video: Watch Dr. Patronella perform the True Form Tummy Tuck here (Warning: Graphic Content).

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