Dr. Shaw describes what an abdominoplasty/tummy tuck entails.
A tummy tuck, or an abdominoplasty, is a phenomenal procedure, especially after childbirth, after you’re done having children. It removes excess skin, it tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall, all the structures that are stretched during pregnancy and afterwards. If you look at this diagram, there’s an incision that is made just within the hairline and does extend towards the sides, towards your hips and basically everything from the umbilicus down is removed and everything is then brought downward.
The muscles, the rectus muscles, are run alongside and oftentimes there’s a separation, or diastasis, of the rectus muscles. So those are brought together in the midline and bringing in the waist, tightening abdominal muscles and then the skin, as I said before, is brought down giving you a much tighter abdomen, all the excess skin, oftentimes a lot of the stretch marks of the abdomen are removed and a pre-pregnancy abdomen, or tummy, is achieved.
Dr. Shaw, M.D.:
Dr. Lawrence Shaw, M.D., was born on Long Island, New York in 1954 where he lived through High School. He did his undergraduate studies at Emory University and received his medical degree from New York Medical College in 1979. Dr. Shaw then completed a five-year General Surgery residency and was board certified by the American Board of Surgery.
Dr. Shaw is a double-boarded Plastic Surgeon, which required 7 years of surgical training alone. Since completing his plastic surgery residency training at the Phoenix Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency in 1986, Dr. Shaw has performed thousands of plastic surgery operations. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to certify doctors in Plastic Surgery. Dr. Shaw is also certified by the American Board of Surgery. He is a member of regional and national medical societies including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and he American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.