Flatten, Tighten, and Reshape your Tummy with a Tummy
Abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is used to flatten and shape the abdomen and waist by removing excess fat and skin, as well as tightening the abdominal muscles. Men and women alike can benefit from abdominoplasty.
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 a loose and sagging tummy include:
- Significant fluctuations in weight
- Prior surgery
What can I expect with a Tummy Tuck Procedure?
The tummy tuck procedure takes approximately two to five hours and is performed with general anesthesia. If there is no muscle involvement, or if it is only necessary to remove excess skin, IV sedation and local anesthetics may be used.
There are a couple of slightly different techniques, which depend solely on the amount of work to be done, and the desired goals.
Recovery time can range from two weeks to a few months. Although the results of an abdominoplasty procedure are technically permanent, the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in your weight.
Abdominoplasty will likely leave a permanent scar stretching between the hips, though underwear or a bikini should easily conceal it.
Am I a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tucks are not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program. A tummy tuck operation 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 the treated areas below the belly button.
A tummy tuck procedure may be a good option for you if:
- You are physically healthy and at a stable weight
- You have realistic expectations
- You do not smoke
Tummy Tuck with Colen MD Plastic Surgeons
A Tummy Tuck procedure is not for everyone, and may not be the best option for you. A consultation is recommended to assess your goals, concerns and candidacy.