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. If you have stubborn pockets of fat that need to be removed, your cosmetic surgeon may recommend liposuction combined with a tummy tuck. 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 tummy tuck surgery 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.
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, with the option of liposuction, 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 by a tummy tuck.
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 tummy tuck surgery can separate again during pregnancy.
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Choosing a Plastic Surgeon
When it comes to looking and feeling your best, the trust you feel in your plastic surgeon is paramount. With a personal and comfortable approach, the surgeons at Monarch Plastic Surgery will take the time to understand your concerns and share all aspects of your plastic surgery treatment options, as we work together to best meet your goals. Our plastic surgeons are board-certified in plastic surgery and offer expertise in the most advanced cosmetic procedures. We can help you become familiar with our work and style so you can get the results you want.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a tummy tuck cost?
Prices vary depending on the procedures selected. We offer high-quality care, products, services and plastic surgery options at competitive pricing because our goal is the same as yours: natural-looking results at affordable prices. If you are new to our plastic surgery practice, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with one of our team members. We can discuss your appearance goals and create personalized treatment recommendations with tummy tuck pricing information included (optional liposuction costs can be factored in as well).
How quickly will I see results with a tummy tuck?
This also varies from one individual to the next, but rest assured, your cosmetic surgeon and care team at Monarch Plastic are dedicated to delivering great-looking results with minimal recovery and healing time.