30th March 2011
Abdominoplasty can be dated back to as early as 1899. Today, it is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures and is rapidly growing in popularity.
Early tummy tuck procedures involved an incision made in the mid abdomen and excess abdominal fat and skin were removed. However, these early procedures often resulted in the patient loosing their belly button!
Following the first procedures, several other techniques were developed and from the mid 1920s onwards, an alternative tummy tuck procedure was developed which meant that the patient was able to preserve the umbilicus.
In the late 1960's, with advancements in surgical techniques and sterilisation, the bikini line incision was first introduced. However, it soon became apparent that this technique was not particularly effective in reducing waist size.
In the 1980's the lower abdomen incision became popular and it formed the basis of modern abdominoplasty. The full procedure involves the removal of excess skin, adjusting the position of the belly button, suction assisted removal of excess fat and any necessary repair of over stretched abdominal muscles.
In 1995, a high lateral tension abdominoplasty technique was implemented, which placed most of the tension on the wound closure in the front thigh region. This reduces the stress on the abdominal tissues, allowing more intensive liposuction to take place without hindering the healing process. The final resting place for the minimal scarring lies on the bikini line.