Tummy Tuck or abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure done to remove excess fat and skin in the abdomen. Loose skin and fat may be due to major weight loss or pregnancy. It can also be attributed to genetics. Aging and prior surgery can likewise lead to a loose or sagging abdomen.
The surgery is done by making an incision at the bikini line. Excess fat is then removed through manual extraction, by liposuction, or both. The scar from the incision is permanent but will fade with time. A small scar can also be found around the belly button. When excess skin and fat are removed, the abdomen will look firmer and smoother. It will also appear thinner.
To become a good candidate, you should be in optimal physical condition. Your weight has to be stable and you should not have any blood clotting disorders. Smokers who wish to undergo the procedure have to be nicotine free. A thorough medical history will be taken by the plastic surgeon before abdominoplasty to ensure that the patient is fit to go through surgery.
Although the results are permanent, a patient can still gain weight postoperatively especially when one does not lead a healthy lifestyle. Significant weight fluctuations can affect the outcome of the procedure. Thus, women who intend to get pregnant are encouraged to postpone the surgery. Those who still want to lose more weight are also not advised to go for abdominoplasty.
Tummy tuck is not a substitute to losing weight. The procedure may remove some of the stretch marks found between the pubic area and the belly button if they are found on the skin that will be removed. It is important to know what the surgery can do and cannot do so that you can set realistic expectations.
Abdominoplasty is a major surgery. Thus, the decision to undergo abdominoplasty should be made only when one already has sufficient knowledge about it. Consult a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Alan Serure of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and learn the benefits, risks, and possible complications of the procedure. Dr. Serure is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons with over 20 years of experience in cosmetic surgery and a commitment to help his patients achieve their aesthetic goals. Contact Dr. Serure today and find out how you can have a flat and well-toned abdomen.