Abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, is a popular body contouring procedure to help patients achieve a flatter, firmer abdomen. However, it is important to understand that tummy tuck surgery is a fairly major procedure that will require recovery because not only does it remove excess skin and fat, but it also tightens weakened abdominal muscles. Patients must be in good physical shape and only consider surgery for areas that do not respond to diet and exercise. As a cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon who emphasizes health and wellness, Dr. David Whiteman advises that tummy tucks should not be a substitute for weight loss measures or a regular exercise program.
When patients lose substantial amounts of weight or have had children, the skin and muscles of the abdomen stretch and lose elasticity. Unlike liposuction which only targets fat, tummy tuck surgery removes sagging skin that can be caused by significant weight loss, aging, or pregnancies. The most common tummy tuck candidates are mothers who are finished having children or post-bariatric patients with excess skin. Often, abdominoplasty is combined with other procedures as part of mommy makeover surgery, to create a slimmer and more proportionate result.
Tummy tuck surgery is performed solely for the midsection to address unwanted fat and sagging skin. During the procedure, an incision is made between the hip bones to remove fat and tighten the abdominal muscles. Dr. Whiteman will also trim excess skin to eliminate the appearance of a “pooch” so the stomach is flattened. For patients who only require a small amount of fat or skin removed from the abdomen, Dr. Whiteman also performs mini tummy tucks. This procedure is similar to a regular tummy tuck, but the incision is much smaller since the abdominal muscles are not tightened.
While tummy tuck surgery can significantly improve body contour, it is important to discuss which procedure would help you achieve your aesthetic goals. If you’re interested in a tummy tuck surgery, contact us today to schedule a consultation. For the latest information on plastic surgery, be sure to connect with Dr. Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.