Tummy TuckA Flatter and Toned Abdomen
Let’s face it: The abdomen is one of the most difficult parts of the body to tone for both men and women. Unless you live on a constant diet and you exercise non-stop, your tummy is (like for all of us) an area of concern. This is because more than just fat is at play here. Factors like loose skin, damaged abdominal muscles and genetics can limit the way your tummy looks, no matter what you do. This is especially true for moms: during pregnancy all the tissues have to stretch to make room for the baby. Unfortunately, our bodies have an easy time growing more tissue when we need it, but are not very good at removing it! The same is true for anyone who has lost weight: when you were bigger, you needed more skin — once you lost the weight, the extra skin just stays there.
If you are unhappy with your flabby abdomen, a tummy tuck may be the solution you need to feel confident in your skin. Tummy tuck is a body contouring procedure that, when performed by a board-certified and experienced plastic surgeon, can have transformative results. Get ready to rock a flat abdomen again. We are going from flabby to fabby, baby!
Understanding Tummy Tuck
Tummy tuck is designed to improve the overall shape of the abdomen. During the procedure, an incision is made horizontally on the abdomen, extending hipbone to hipbone. The resulting scar is almost always very thin and can be easily hidden with most bathing suit bottoms and underwear. All scars are a bit more visible initially. Once the scars mature, many of my patients’ scars get so small that they don’t even bother them when they are naked. Of course, it’s not only the surgeon but also each patient’s skin and genetics that determine how noticeable the scar will be.
Through this incision, excess skin is removed and the underlying muscles are tightened. The end result is a flatter midsection. If necessary, we can do some liposuction to suck out any other areas of localized fat on the abdomen or flanks. Also, if I have to reposition your belly button (which I do when I remove a lot of skin), I will need to add a second incision around your belly button. The good news is that we will make a new belly button and that you are going to look great!
Who Is a Candidate for Tummy Tuck?
The best candidates for tummy tuck are both men and women who have loose skin on the abdomen or areas of fat that do not respond well to diet and exercise. Women with a “pooch” on the lower abdomen as a result of weakened or damaged muscles after pregnancy and childbirth can also benefit from tummy tuck.
It’s important to understand that tummy tuck is not weight loss surgery. In fact, if you’re currently at your heaviest weight, you probably would not get the best result. The best results can be achieved on those who don’t have a great amount of excess weight. I can go over all of details with you and decide if a tummy tuck is right for you and what you can expect from it during an in-office consultation.
What’s a Mini-Tummy Tuck?
A mini-tummy tuck is a modified version of tummy tuck. It essentially modifies the lower abdomen and leaves the upper abdomen untouched. The procedure results in a shorter scar and recovery than traditional or full tummy tuck but removes a smaller amount of skin. Mini-tummy tuck may be appropriate if you have excess skin or laxity, and fat on the lower abdomen only.
Make Your Cosmetic Goals a Reality
Regardless of whether you need a full tummy tuck or mini-tummy tuck, plastic surgery makes all the difference (as long as you choose an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon like yours truly!) . Throughout my practice, I have worked with hundreds of men and women with differing needs. My goal is to help each patient achieve his or her cosmetic goals through personalized treatment and care. Rest assured that I will listen to your concerns and give you an honest assessment of what the best course of treatment is for you.
If you would like to learn more about tummy tuck surgery, come talk to me about it. I invite you to schedule a personal consultation with my office today.
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