Proper diet and exercise does not always result in a flat stomach. Loose skin, excess fat and lax abdominal muscle can sometimes limit your abdominal appearance.
If you are bothered by the appearance of your stomach, a tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty) may be a good solution.
A tummy tuck surgically removes redundant skin and unwanted fat from the abdominal area and may also tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. The result is a sleeker profile and a tighter, flatter stomach.
Frequently Asked Questions
Abdominoplasty offers great benefits to health men and women of all ages. It is best suited to those in relatively good shape, but with loose abdominal fat that won’t respond to dieting or exercise.
Men or women bothered by any of the following conditions are often good candidates for a tummy tuck:
– Excess fat in the abdominal area
– A protruding abdomen
– Abdominal muscles weakened by pregnancy or aging
Because pregnancy and weight fluctuation can mar your tummy tuck result after surgery, many postpone their procedures until they plan no more children and their weight is stable. Abdominal scars from previous surgeries can limit your abdominoplasty result. In some cases, such as with many Caesarean section scars, the new incisions can be made below the existing scar which can then be removed at the time of your tummy tuck.
A full, traditional tummy tuck is not needed for all patients. Some patients will achieve the results they seek with a limited or “mini” abdominoplasty. Liposuction alone may also meet the needs of some. During consultation for abdominoplasty Dr McHugh will explain these options to you and evaluate whether they are viable options for you.
This procedure is used to correct issues in the lower abdomen only. It entails less scarring than a full tummy tuck, but will not address loose skin above the navel.
This option is viable only in those with good skin elasticity and muscle tone. Though liposuction can remove abdominal fat, it cannot smooth loose skin or tighten abdominal muscle. It is, however, a popular option for women who are planning future pregnancies.
It is important to follow Dr McHugh’s instructions when preparing for surgery to ensure the best possible results. Those instructions may include:
– Refraining from smoking for several weeks before and after surgery
– Avoiding certain medications
– Arranging for help following surgery, such as a ride home and in-home care for the first 24 hours after you leave the hospital