Not just a pretty tummy. The abdominoplasty has always been a popular procedure, removing unsightly bumps and curves. Yet now, thanks to a breakthrough clinical study and unique approach by Dr Alastair Taylor of The CAPS Clinic, a wider range of life-changing results is being realised.
“Patients often come to me requesting the removal of a bulging stomach with liposuction.” says Dr Taylor. “In some cases this is possible but in most, specifically following child birth or weight loss this is bad idea. Liposuction can only remove subcutaneous fat and does not tighten the skin. In this situation patients will need a much more invasive procedure to achieve the desired results,” he explains. “Specifically they require an abdominoplasty.”
Abdominoplasty over the years has been presented in many forms from the simple excision of the excess flap of skin, to a full open procedure repairing torn muscles and removing excess fat and skin in a contoured way to produce a flatter tighter stomach and restoring core strength.
“I am a great believer in the latter procedure,” says Dr Taylor. And he has a multitude of facts to back him up.
“After childbirth there is often a separation of the rectus muscles in the midline which leads to bulging of the abdomen on standing, making the tummy look bigger than it is. The midline separation, known as a diastasis can also lead to post pregnancy back pain, poor posture, loss of core strength and pelvic floor weakness. Thin women can have large diastases which makes them look pregnant even when they aren’t. Such tummies are often hidden under voluminous clothes which also help hide wrinkly post pregnancy skin.”
“Repair of the diastasis must be the cornerstone of the abdominoplasty procedure, and repaired properly results in a functional improvement that often surprises many patients,” reveals Dr Taylor.
“My research has proven this form of muscle repair improves back pain, pelvic floor function and restores core strength.”
“More and more I am finding the real reason to commit to an abdominoplasty is to restore core strength and function.”
Dr Taylor has recently released his Five Star Points of Difference to illustrate how his abdominoplasty practically achieves these dramatic results. “Firstly, we remove of all skin and tissue from the belly button to the pubis with a high cut scar, which can still be hidden by underwear. If you put your thumb in your belly button and your fingers above your pubis, everything you hold is removed making the abdomen look shorter and the legs look longer,” he explains.
“Secondly, we undertake to repair the torn muscle from the chest to the pubis and any hernias. My research has proven this form of muscle repair improves back pain, pelvic floor function and restores core strength. Third, I pull the tissue ‘down and in’ from the chest creates an improved waistline, restoring the ‘hourglass‘ shape to a womans body with a better contoured belly button.”
Dr Taylor continues saying, “pulling the tissue ‘up and in’ from the legs creates a tensioning of the loose skin on the thighs. This unique tensioning gives the patient an added benefit of smoothing and tightening the skin on the upper legs. Finally, I include liposuction. Significant liposuction improves the flanks or love handles. By the inclusion of liposuction to this ‘down and in’ technique I am able to thin out the abdominal fat creating a ‘washboard’ shape and further improving the waist.”
In all, Dr Taylor’s groundbreaking research and results have dramatically altered the reasons why he performs abdominoplasty.
“Previously I would perform this procedure primarily for the aesthetic outcome, but more and more I am finding the real reason to commit to an abdominoplasty is to restore core strength and function. Imagine a life without back pain or light bladder leakage!”
So much more than a pretty tummy.