Abdominoplasty- All the Options

Craig W. Colville MD, FACS

As we head into spring in Ohio, I thought it would be a good time to discuss abdominoplasty and body contouring surgeries, as well as non-invasive procedures for the body.

Warmer weather usually leads people to start changing their hair, makeup and more specifically the types of clothes they wear. To some that may mean putting sweaters and scarves away, pulling out some of their favorite sleeveless pieces, or adding new clothing to their wardrobe. In some instances, the look or the fit might not make them feel as confident as they once felt. Typically, this is when I get an email inquiry or a phone call.

When I see a patient for an initial consultation, they usually have a list of what is bothering them. They’ve had a chance to see what celebrities are doing, or have heard advertisements about some “magical lunch-time treatment” and now they want to know what they should do. After a thorough discussion about what is bothering them, we conduct an exam to help determine what procedure would be best to take care of their concerns and whether they should consider an invasive or non-invasive treatment.

Some patients come into my office asking for a Mommy Makeover. This is a catchy, clever term that I didn’t invent, but with use of hashtags on social media, and Google searches, this term does attract a lot of attention. There is no specific Mommy Makeover procedure, but often times it alludes to a total torso “tune-up” after a baby, weight loss, or a lifestyle change. Generally, Mommy Makeovers are a combination of surgical procedures that address the abdomen and breasts, like liposuction, a tummy tuck, or a breast augmentation. There are some patients that are looking for a “Total Mommy Makeover” which would then include additional treatment areas such as the arms, hips or thighs and even vaginal rejuvenation. This is why a thorough discussion during their consultation is important. It allows me to build a plan with the patient’s best interests, keeping in mind that anything related to the body, (abdomen, hips, breasts, or arms) deserves to be reviewed.

Dr. Colville operating in OR assisted by nurses.

When the abdomen is the main area of concern, I talk about the entire three-dimensional torso. Acknowledging the torso, allows for a circumferential, total approach to the body and will give the most rewarding results. Patients may have sagging skin in one area, loose abdominal muscles, and/or a thick fatty layer (subcutaneous thickness), in another area that requires more than one treatment modality. Methods of treatment might include CoolSculpting for non-invasive fat removal; ThermiTight for non-invasive skin tightening; Abdominoplasty for skin resection or muscle wall flattening; or Liposuction for reduction of subcutaneous thickness. *

While non-invasive treatments can typically be done during a lunch hour, the length of a surgery depends on how many areas of the body are being addressed, and can vary from as little as 2 hours to as long as 7 hours. There are some treatment plans that involve two surgeries done at separate times to maximize results and minimize risks. This part of the treatment plan is thoroughly discussed during the consultation.

Whether you are looking to feel comfortable in your spring wardrobe, help enhance your appearance, or give your confidence level a boost, we may have the right treatment option for you. If you want to learn more about any of the abdominal treatments I mentioned above, I have several informational videos available for you on my website. If you would like additional information on any of the non-invasive treatments that I mentioned, (CoolSculpting, ThermiVa, ThermiTight) you can also find that information on my website. When you are ready, I invite you to contact my Toledo, Ohio office and schedule a consultation. We will discuss your concerns and come up with your personal plan that will help you achieve your best results!


* When addressing the three-dimensional core, the bra-line, flanks and hip roll areas may also be addressed with liposuction. Depending on the health of your skin and the amount of subcutaneous tissue being removed, these areas may need to be excised or removed to yield an even more dramatic result.


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