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Christopher K. Patronella, Md, Facs, Fics


Christopher K. Patronella - MD, FACS, FICS

The True Form Tummy Tuck® for Weight Loss Patients

Posted September 14, 2017 in Plastic surgery after weight loss

Tummy tuck surgery isn’t just for mothers seeking to tighten their post-pregnancy bellies. Abdominoplasty can also help weight loss patients complete their journey and restore a youthfully firm and flat abdomen. Dr. Patronella’s True Form Tummy Tuck® is uniquely designed to be able to benefit patients who have lost a moderate or major amount of weight. With this specialized abdominoplasty technique, you can have smooth, flat, and natural-looking abdominal contours.

Tummy Tuck patient of Dr. Patronella

How a Tummy Tuck Can Help

Dieting and exercise can improve overall health and may help eliminate belly fat, but only surgery can address loose skin and muscles in the abdomen. Tummy tuck surgery can help patients who struggle with loose abdominal skin, weakened or stretched abdominal muscles, and stubborn fat pockets. A tummy tuck removes excess skin and persistent fat and tightens the abdominal muscle wall to create a smoother and firmer abdomen.

The True Form Tummy Tuck® Goes the Extra Mile for Weight Loss Patients

The True Form Tummy Tuck® is a unique procedure developed from years of surgical experience and patients’ perspectives. Dr. Patronella has designed the True Form Tummy Tuck® to accommodate patients with specific needs, such as weight loss patients. Whereas a standardized approach to tummy tuck surgery can lead to an unnaturally flat or awkward appearance, the True Form Tummy Tuck® produces a result of natural and subtle definition that looks as though it has always been firm and flat.

The many contours of a naturally youthful and toned abdomen have a simple and elegant beauty that Dr. Patronella strives to recreate with every True Form Tummy Tuck®. His approach goes beyond that of a traditional tummy tuck. Using careful liposculpture, internal sutures, and attention to even the smallest details, Dr. Patronella can help weight loss patients achieve a slender waistline with a uniform skin tone that looks firm, youthful, and authentic. For many weight loss patients, especially those who have struggled to manage their weight throughout their whole lives, the True Form Tummy Tuck® can produce the attractive abdominal contours they never had and of which they’ve only dreamed.

For Moderate Weight Loss Patients

Moderate weight loss of up to 50 pounds frequently leaves loose, sagging abdominal skin. Skin laxity can occur in the lower and upper abdomen. The loss of skin elasticity and fat bulges create irregular contours that give the stomach rolls and folds. The True Form Tummy Tuck® selectively removes excess fat and skin to flatten the contours of the abdomen, eliminate rolls and bulges, and produce a more naturally youthful and toned abdomen.

True Form Body Contouring™ for Moderate Weight Loss Patients

Some moderate weight loss patients have a loss of skin tone that is also present in the hips, flanks, buttocks, and thighs. Dr. Patronella can combine your True Form Tummy Tuck® with True Form Body Contouring™ to address irregular contours in these areas as well. Extended liposuction, thigh lifts, and other techniques may be used to simulate the body contours that would be found on a naturally athletic, younger individual.

For Major Weight Loss Patients

Major weight loss of more than 50 pounds can leave stretch marks and folds of hanging skin. This skin may be discolored and cause irritation (dermatitis), especially in patients who have undergone massive weight loss of more than 100 pounds. Dr. Patronella’s True Form Tummy Tuck® removes excess abdominal skin and tightens separated abdominal muscles with internal sutures to recreate a toned and smooth abdomen.

True Form Body Contouring™ for Major Weight Loss Patients

Massive weight loss patients frequently have loose skin around their entire waistline, encircling their abdomen, hips, and buttocks. They may also have hanging skin in the upper arms. For these patients, the True Form Tummy Tuck® may be combined with a body lift, arm lift, breast lift, and other procedures into True Form Body Contouring™ to provide the full body contour corrections that are needed. Dr. Patronella can carefully reshape your mid/lower body and remove hanging skin to complete your weight loss journey and restore your self-image.

Plastic surgery after weight loss can accomplish what weight loss alone cannot. Dr. Patronella’s True Form Tummy Tuck® and True Form Body Contouring™ can help weight loss patients achieve a naturally flat abdomen and smooth, youthful body contours that instill self-confidence and a positive body image. For more information about the True Form Tummy Tuck®, schedule your consultation with Dr. Patronella today. Call (713) 799-9999 or contact us online to request your consultation now.

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