This 26 year old female from Los Angeles, California was interested in an extended abdominoplasty after extreme weight loss left her unsatisfied with her appearance. She lost over 180 pounds and was left with excess skin in her abdomen that bothered her both in and out of clothes. She was referred to Dr. Pousti by a friend of hers and decided to meet with him to discuss her goals.
Before / After 180 Pound Weight Loss
Dr. Pousti examined the patient and recommended an extended tummy tuck to remove the excess skin from her abdomen, back, and flanks and to repair her abdominal muscles. During her consultation, she was able to meet and talk with Dr. Pousti’s previous abdominoplasty patients to hear about their experience. She felt comfortable choosing Dr. Pousti as her surgeon and decided to proceed with surgery.
The patient and Dr. Pousti met again prior to surgery to review the surgical plan and perform markings. Markings of the abdomen, back, and flanks were done to achieve as much symmetry as possible.
Before Extended Abdominoplasty
Dr. Pousti first started on the patient’s back and flank areas to remove the excess skin to improve contour. The markings ensured only a safe amount of skin was removed.
After Extended Abdominoplasty (Back Side)
After the back/flanks has been completed, Dr. Pousti was able to being on her abdomen and abdominal muscle repair. After weight loss, the muscles are often separated creating a bulge in the abdomen. To decrease the bulge, the abdominal muscles are brought together using internal sutures that create an internal corset.
The patients excess skin is then measured to be excised. Throughout this process the belly button is brought through a new hole made symmetrical to the new abdomen.
After Extended Abdominoplasty
The patient is now 1 week post-op and very happy about her weight loss journey and her tummy tuck surgery.
5 Days After Abdominoplasty
4 Weeks After Abdominoplasty
The patient is slowly getting back into her workout routine, but keeping the workout minimal until her incisions have completely healed.
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