A well-toned, flat abdomen is difficult to achieve for many people, even those who exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet. An abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall and removes excess skin and fat from the abdominal region. Tummy tucks can dramatically reduce the appearance of the abdomen and create a midsection that is smoother and firmer.
Benefits of a tummy tuck
Like other forms of cosmetic surgery, a tummy tuck can deliver numerous physical and emotional benefits. Not only does abdominoplasty help patients feel better about their bodies, but the procedure can also alleviate discomfort caused by loose or sagging skin.
Tummy tucks may be especially beneficial for those who have lost a significant amount of weight from their midsections and are left with loose skin. Studies have also shown that patients who have surgery to remove excess skin after weight loss are more likely to keep the weight off. Tummy tucks are also a good option for women wanting to regain their pre-pregnancy appearances.
The best candidates for a tummy tuck
The best candidates for abdominoplasty are those who are in relatively good shape, but are bothered by fat deposits or loose abdominal skin that doesn’t respond to diet or exercise. A tummy tuck is particularly helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where it can return to normal. Loss of skin elasticity in older patients, which frequently occurs with slight obesity, can also be improved.
Patients who intend to lose a lot of weight should postpone a tummy tuck. Women planning on future pregnancies should also wait, since vertical muscles in the abdomen that are tightened during surgery can separate again during pregnancy.
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