A tummy tuck is the popular name for an abdominoplasty, a surgical procedure that removes fat, tightens the muscle and flattens the abdomen. A laser tummy tuck may also give a tighter, flatter abdomen without surgery. When you talk to Dr. Katzen, your abdomen will be examined and the best type of tummy tuck may be recommended.
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A laser tummy tuck uses a thin laser fiber that Dr. Katzen inserts beneath your skin. The laser is then heated and it melts the surrounding fat without damaging the tissue. This heat stimulates collagen production, which tightens the skin creating a flatter appearance. The procedure may be combined with liposuction to remove fat. Liposuction can also used with a surgical tummy tuck. The main benefits of a laser tummy tuck are there are no surgical scars because it is a minimally invasive treatment. In a surgical tummy tuck, a surgeon makes an incision from hip to hip and uses permanent sutures to tighten the abdominal muscles. Excess fat is removed and the skin is stretched over the abdomen with the excess cut away. While there are techniques to minimize the scarring, a traditional abdominoplasty always leaves a scar. The results of a laser tummy tuck are often more accurate and give a smoother appearance. The body may look shapelier and more contoured. The small laser fiber can reach places traditional abdominoplasty surgery find it difficult to reach without making further incisions increasing the chance of visible scars. A laser tummy tuck may not be for everyone. If you have a significant amount of excess skin on your abdomen, a traditional tummy tuck may be your best option to get the results you want. With a laser tummy tuck, the result may differ for each individual. In rare cases, there could be some burning, swelling, and bruising, but for most patients, the side effects may be insignificant. If you would like a flatter abdomen but don’t think you need major surgery, a laser tummy tuck may be a good option. Contact the offices of Dr. Katzen, located in Beverly Hills and Las Vegas, to learn more! Call Dr. Katzen today at (310) 859-7770 to schedule a free consultation.