Have you considered a tummy tuck? Wondered if it were right for you?

Abdominoplasty, commonly known as a “tummy tuck,” is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. Following a large weight loss or pregnancy, the abdominal muscles can weaken and the skin can lose firmness. No matter how many sit-ups you do, you just can’t tone up or firm up. A tummy tuck has helped hundreds of men and women to slim down and to regain their self-esteem and confidence.

The tummy tuck is performed by making an incision low on the abdomen stretching from hip to hip. Next, is to surgically strengthen and tighten the weakened abdominal wall, resulting in a flatter tummy. In the next step, excess skin and fatty tissue are removed and the remaining skin is tightened. In most cases, the belly button is relocated during the procedure.
Thousands of tummy tucks are performed successfully each year. The best candidates for abdominoplasty are men or women who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by hanging loose abdominal skin, with or without fatty deposits, that won’t respond to diet or exercise. The surgery is particularly helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal. Loss of skin elasticity in older patients, which frequently occurs with slight obesity, can also be improved.

You could be a candidate for a partial abdominoplasty (mini-tummy tuck) if, for example, your fat deposits and excess skin are limited to the area below the navel. This is a less complex procedure, though there is a limit to the amount of tissue that can be removed. On the other hand, you may benefit more from a regular abdominoplasty where more tissue can be removed. Or maybe liposuction alone would create the best result. In any case, I can work with you to recommend the procedure that is right for you and will come closest to producing the desired body contour.

To obtain more information about a tummy tuck, please call my office at 727-547-9244 or send me an email.