Unlike many other cosmetic surgeons, Dr Luke Stradwick believes that a successful abdominoplasty does not merely include the removal of skin and fat. Instead, during procedures, Dr Stradwick not only focuses on removing excess skin but also ensuring that the muscles of the abdominal wall are tightened to rejuvenated appearance.
Dr Stradwick believes that there is much more to an abdominoplasty than just removing some excess skin and fat. In most cases, Dr Stradwick will also tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall, a vital step in achieving a pleasing contour.
The importance of accurate repair of the tummy wall muscles cannot be overstated. This not only improves the contour of the abdomen but helps restore support for the back. Dr Stradwick has found with his spinal surgery colleagues, that a combined approach is needed in abdominoplasty surgery to alleviate back pain in those patients with a weak abdominal wall.
Dr Stradwick also uses liposuction in most cases to help shape the abdomen and flanks. He will also design the abdominoplasty differently depending on the individual problem. Sometimes more lifting is required in the flank and hip area, and this requires a different technique from the “standard” abdominoplasty.
One technique does not fit all.
A very important aspect of the abdominoplasty procedure is the final location and quality of the scar. The scar from an abdominoplasty is long, and its correct placement is vital to ensure it is concealed as much as possible. Attention to detail when it comes to suturing the wound is the important variable affecting the scar quality.
Some surgeons often use an Assistant to speed up this process, but Dr Stradwick chooses to stitch all the wounds himself. Although this takes longer, he feels that it would be inappropriate to do otherwise for his patients.