Liposuction and skin excision surgery is a procedure to remove excess fatty tissue from the upper, middle and lower abdomen and to remove excess skin from below the belly-button while preserving your own belly-button. This technique does not require general anesthesia.
There are variety of different techniques used by surgeons for cosmetic surgery of the abdomen. Abdominoplasty is the name given to the traditional surgery that eliminates excess skin and tightens the muscles of the belly, most of the time creating a new belly-button. During traditional abdominaplasty surgery, not much liposuction can be performed on the anterior abdominal wall skin because the surgery itself cuts the blood supply and nutrition to the skin. Once the blood supply has been cut, performing liposuction to the same skin area would put the skin at risk of poor healing and scarring.
The result of traditional abdominoplasty is thus limited by the fact that not much liposuction can be performed on this belly skin, leaving you with a thick abdominal wall skin flap. This limitation of traditional abdominoplasty can be overcome by the liposuction with skin excision with a belly-button presentation procedure performed by Dr. Moreano. This less aggressive surgery begins with complete liposuction of the abdomen and waistline, and then eliminates the excess skin located below the belly-button without cutting away the nutrition to the remaining scar and belly skin.
By preserving their own belly-button, patients feel that they have a more “natural” looking belly because scars are not visible in the navel area (as it is noticeable in traditional abdominoplasty surgery). Patients can wear a two piece bathing suit without fear of someone noticing belly button scars.
This newer technique does not require general anesthesia and does not require leaving drains under the skin after surgery. It does not require the patients to receive narcotic pain killers to control post-op discomfort, bleeding is “minimal” during surgery and the recovery time is a lot shorter than with traditional tummy-tuck surgery.
In summary, if you are a candidate for this less invasive procedure, getting your body “back” will be easier than with a traditional abdominoplasty.