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What is Abdominoplasty?
An abdominoplasty, which is more commonly referred to as a tummy tuck, is
a surgical procedure that is used to correct a protruding or loose, sagging
abdomen. When a flat and toned abdomen cannot be obtained through exercise
and weight control, a tummy tuck may be appropriate. A tummy tuck removes
excess fat and skin from the abdomen, and, if needed, can improve weakened
or separated muscles.
How is the procedure
Every tummy tuck will be individualized to the patient’s condition,
which may include:
The surgeon will make a horizontal incision above the pubic hairline
to help conceal the scar when wearing clothes. The size and position of
the incision will vary depending on the amount of skin that needs to be
removed. Through this incision, the surgeon will then remove the tissue,
fat or skin, or repair the muscles.
- Excess localized fat
- Loose and sagging skin
- Weakened or separated abdominal muscles due to pregnancy, weight loss,
Liposuction may also be used in conjunction with the tummy tuck to remove
localized fat deposits and recontour the body.
Where do I begin?
If you are interested in a tummy tuck, we encourage you to keep several
things in mind. A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or exercise,
and while the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, the outcome
can be lessened by substantial weight fluctuations. Therefore, if you
are planning future pregnancies or significant weight loss it may be advisable
to postpone a tummy tuck.
A tummy tuck is a good procedure for any adult that is in good health,
close to their ideal body weight, and is moderately fit. Good candidates
should also be:
The tummy tuck procedure will begin with a physician consultation, during
which he will fully educate you about the procedure and discuss your goals
- Healthy individuals with no life-threatening illnesses or conditions
that can impair healing