The abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, removes excess fat and skin from the abdominal area. And, in most cases, the procedure also restores weakened and/or separated muscles in the abdomen thereby 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:
* Significant fluctuations in weight
* Prior surgery
It should be noted that 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 (generally those treated areas below the belly button).
Although the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in body weight. For this reason, individuals who are planning substantial weight loss or women who may be considering future pregnancies may be advised to postpone a tummy tuck.
A full tummy tuck requires a horizontally-oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairline and navel. The shape and length of the incision will be determined by the degree of correction necessary.
Your tummy tuck will result in a flatter, firmer abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your body type and weight. The final results may be initially obscured by swelling and your inability to stand fully upright until internal healing is complete. Within a week or two, you should be standing tall and confident about your new slimmer profile.
Is it right for me?
Abdominoplasty is a good option for you if:
* You are physically healthy and at a stable weight
* You have realistic expectations
* You are a non-smoker
* You are bothered by the feeling that your tummy is too large