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Abdominoplasty The
Tummy Tuck

If your abdominal area has collected too much excess fat or
skin, and none of the diets or stomach-flattening exercises
you’ve tried are solving the problem, it may be time to think
about a different answer. For many people, that is the
increasingly popular plastic surgery procedure known as the
“tummy tuck” or abdominoplasty. In this procedure, a surgeon
will remove extra fat and skin in order to flatten your
abdomen and tighten your abdominal muscles.

Before you make a decision to undergo this type of major
surgery, it’s important that you familiarize yourself with the
procedure and what it can do for you. You also need to clarify
your own goals, to make sure that you’re spending your time and money on a procedure that will achieve the desired results.

As your plastic surgeon will tell you, you should try all other means of losing abdominal fat before resorting to abdominoplasty, because surgery should never be used as a substitute for a good diet and exercise program.


What Surgery Is Right for Your Body Type?


Is the Tummy Tuck Right For You?

To be considered a good candidate for abdominoplasty, your general health must be good. Both women and men can have this type of surgery. In some cases, liposuction - a type of plastic surgery done to remove fat deposits – is done concurrently with the tummy tuck.
The tummy tuck can be performed on women and men who have lost excessive amounts of weight and want to tighten the skin in the abdominal region or have fat deposits removed. The surgery is also commonly done for women whose abdominal muscles and skin have stretched as the result of multiple pregnancies.

Who Shouldn’t Have a Tummy Tuck

For a variety of reasons, some people are not good candidates for abdominoplasty. At your preliminary consultation, your plastic will talk to you about the procedure and decide if it’s right for you.

A tummy tuck is not advisable for anyone who is planning to lose extreme amounts of weight.
Also, women who plan to continue having children are not suitable candidates for the tummy tuck. This is because the procedure will tighten vertical abdominal muscles, and future pregnancies can pull them apart again.

One of the most important potential outcomes of the tummy tuck needs to be clear to anyone considering the procedure: it can cause scarring that is very noticeable, and permanent.



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