An abdominoplasty (commonly referred to as a tummy tuck) is a surgical procedure in which excess fat and skin is removed and muscles, which have become weakened over time, are repaired giving the patient a trim, smoother looking mid-section. Tummy tuck procedures have been very popular among women, particularly women who have had children, but a growing number of men are seeking out tummy tuck procedures as well.
Why Seek a Tummy Tuck?
Many people spend countless hours at the gym or staying active to achieve a flat, well-toned abdomen. Yet, some of the most intense diet and exercise routines can fall short of this goal. Even the most active people, who are of otherwise normal body weight, can develop a protruding abdomen. Some of the most common reasons for this include:
- Fluctuations in Weight (even small amounts)
- Prior Medical Operations
- Loss of Skin Elasticity
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) Procedures
Once a tummy tuck procedure has been done, the results are considered permanent. While the effects are long lasting, they can be adversely affected by significant weight fluctuations. For mothers, the effects of a tummy tuck procedure can be affected by having additional pregnancies after the procedure by stretching the newly tightened, repair muscles. If you are considering having additional children, it may be a good idea to postpone a tummy tuck procedure.
A tummy tuck procedure works well in conjunction with liposuction to treat difficult fatty deposits that diet and exercise cannot target. However, a tummy tuck will not affect or correct stomach scarring, such as stretch marks. Although there may be some improvement in the areas where excess skin has been removed, these areas are generally below the navel.