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Do I need a tummy tuck?
Often times our belly area is the place we carry most of our fat on our body, whether male or female. A well-toned, flat abdomen is a goal for many, but sometimes exercise and diet aren't the answer. Even people in relatively good shape can have a belly that protrudes or they may have looseness and sagging to the skin. Generally this is caused by weight changes, pregnancies, prior surgieries in that area, our age and even our hereditary makeup. If you have any of these concerns then the tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure you should consider.
The incision for tummy tuck is placed along the lower abdomen or pubis area and extends out to the sides above the groin. It can incorporate a previous C-section scar and be designed to fit in the bikini line area depending on the patient. Many patients are nervous about the scarring, but with our after care and scar guard protection recommendations, we find our patients heal beuatifully and the trade-off for the flat stomach is well worth the minimal scarring.
The surgery involves separation of skin and fat from the underlying tissues which then allows the doctor to tighten muscles and remove excess skin to yield a flatter, firmer and more curvaceous figure. The belly button does not move, but the skin is pulled down and fits around it appropriately making scarring virtually unnoticeable.
The excess skin and fat from the tummy area is removed and some minor liposcution is performed at the flank and hip area to give a full contour look, front and back.
Am I a good candidate?
Patients generally know if they need a tummy tuck, however we always make sure you are in good health and that this IS the surgery for you. For some, other body contouring procedures such as liposuction or CoolSculpting (freezing the fat) can help with problem bulges, however those will not tighten skin or muscles.
Keep in mind that patients should be at a stable weight, have realistic expectations, be a non-smoker, and should no longer be nursing a child. Other medical clearances that may be needed can be discussed at a consultation. Remember, this surgery is NOT a substitute for weight loss, will NOT cure visceral fat underneath the belly muscle, AND it is not necessarily a cure for stretch marks unless they are located on the area of the belly that will be excised during surgery. Women who think they may want more children, may want to postpone the procedure as the results will be diminished by more stretching and weight gain and loss. This is a procedure patients do ONCE in a lifetime as the results are technically pemanent!