A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is designed to remove loose, excess skin around the abdomen and repair any stretched or torn abdominal muscles, resulting in a smoother and flatter look. This is done to improve a hanging or protruding abdomen and achieve a sleeker, more defined body contour.
Often, the effects of pregnancy, weight fluctuation, gravity, the aging process, and genetics can cause skin laxity and a separation of the abdominal muscles from their original position. Many individuals find that dieting, exercise, and toning efforts do not adequately improve these concerns or only provide limited results.
What are the Benefits of Abdominoplasty?
While the benefits of a tummy tuck can vary from patient-to-patient, the final outcome is generally a flatter, firmer abdomen with an improved body contour. With this cosmetic procedure, patients can achieve:
– A smoother look in the abdomen
– A more attractive abdominal contour
– A slimmer waistline
Tummy tuck surgery is currently the only effective body contouring option that can get rid of excess skin and offers long-term results. If needed or desired, liposuction can also be incorporated during surgery to reduce localized pockets of stubborn fat in the area. Many patients opt to enhance their tummy tuck results by smoothing fat bulges in the hips, flanks, lower back, or bra line.
Who is a Candidate for Abdominoplasty?
The best candidates for a tummy tuck typically include:
– Individuals who are at or near their ideal weight, but struggle with extra skin around the lower abdomen
– Patients who have undergone massive weight loss and would like to address excess skin
– Women who wish to restore their pre-pregnancy abdominal appearance
For women who have had one or more pregnancies, a tummy tuck can be an essential part of regaining a pre-pregnancy figure. Weight gain, weight loss, and repeated stretching and scarring of the abdomen can take a tremendous toll on the body after multiple pregnancies. By repairing the abdominal muscles with a tummy tuck, women can achieve a tighter appearance in the abdomen that dieting and exercise alone could never accomplish. Depending on your individual cosmetic goals, Dr. Shahram may recommend combining a tummy tuck with one or more additional procedures for a comprehensive Mommy Makeover.