Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

iStock_000047473162_LargeGenerally referred to as a “tummy tuck“, abdominoplasty removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen. The procedure also helps to flatten the abdomen by tightening the surrounding muscles. Women, with stretched abdominal areas due to previous pregnancies, can benefit considerably from abdominoplasty. Older individuals whose skin has lost some of its elasticity and are slightly obese can experience an improvement in their abdominal area.

A person that is generally in good physical shape but is still concerned about abdominal fat or loose skin that does not respond to diet and exercise, may benefit from an abdominoplasty. The procedure can potentially reduce or even eliminate a protruding abdomen. Abdominoplasty produces a permanent scar which can possibly extend across the lower torso to both hips. The scar, however, will likely be located below the bikini or bathing suit line. Abdominoplasty is frequently performed with additional liposuction of the flanks and may combined with other procedures, as well. (See ‘Mommy Makeover’)

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