You've always dreamed of having a taut and toned tummy. However, heredity, pregnancy, weight changes, and other factors can leave behind a protruding pouch or a flabby midsection. Abdominoplasty, also called the "tummy tuck," is a cosmetic procedure designed to help you get the sleek, flat abs you have always wanted.
It removes excess fat and skin and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer. Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging. The most common causes of this include:
- Prior surgery
- Significant fluctuations in weight
What a tummy tuck won't do
A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program.
Although the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in your weight. For this reason, individuals who are planning substantial weight loss or women who may be considering future pregnancies would be advised to postpone a tummy tuck.
A tummy tuck cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised.
In general, you may be a good tummy tuck candidate if:
- You are physically healthy and at a stable weight
- You have realistic expectations
- You are a non-smoker
- You are bothered by the appearance of your abdomen
Tummy tuck surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.
Side effects following abdominoplasty include bruising, swelling, and discomfort, but should subside after a few weeks. A tighter, toned midsection is within your grasp. Contact our office today to learn more about this procedure, as well as our various other treatments.