ABDOMINOPLASTY

Tummy tuck surgery (or abdominoplasty) is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat and skin, and, restores weakened or separated muscles by tightening and reinforcing the stomach muscle wall. This creates an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer. A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes these methods cannot achieve our goals. Patients with otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging. The most common causes of this include: aging, heredity, pregnancy, prior surgery, and significant fluctuations in weight. A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program. Although the results of a tummy tuck are technicallly permanent, the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in your weight. For this reason, individuals who are planning substantial weight loss or women who may be considering future pregnancies would be advised to postpone a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck 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. In general, you may be a good tummy tuck candidate if:

  • You are physically healthy and at a stable weight
  • You have realistic expectations
  • You are a nonsmoker
  • You are bothered by the appearance of your abdomen

During your abdominoplasty consultation be prepared to discuss:

  • Your aesthetic goals
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies, and medical treatments
  • Current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drug use
  • Previous treatments
  • Your surgeon will also evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors:,
  • Discuss your options
  • Examine your stomach, hips, and pelvis
  • Take photographs
  • Recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of an abdominoplasty treatment, and any risks or potential complications
  • Discuss the type of anesthesia, if any, that will be used.

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