Can the Pubic Area be Lifted in a Tummy Tuck?
Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery is one of the most rewarding surgeries I perform as a plastic surgeon. Patients who are candidates for this procedure typically have loose skin in their lower and/or upper abdomen. There are certain patients who also have looseness in their pubic areas. This can be anything from a minor laxity to completely overhanging to the point that it interferes with hygiene. One of the great aspects of abdominoplasty surgery is that the pubic area can be addressed at the same time.
For patients who have only minimal or mild laxity in the pubic area, no specific intervention is necessary. The tension of the abdominal incision closure will be enough to lift the pubic area as well.
Patients who have more significant laxity will need some of this skin excised. This is typically figured into the initial skin markings prior to surgery. For very loose tissue, a mons pexy can also be performed. This involves using deep sutures to tack the pubic tissues to the rectus muscle in a slightly higher position to keep it in position. Care must be taken to not distort or overly raise the pubic area when performing this technique. Another technique that can be employed for puffy pubic areas is liposuction to match the thickness of the abdominal tissues. These techniques, used alone or in combination will create a more harmonious end result.
To learn more about abdominoplasty surgery and to see before and after pictures visit my website at drdadvandplasticsurgery.com.