What is Abdominoplasty – “The Tummy Tuck”?

Abdominoplasty, also referred to as the “Tummy Tuck,” is a procedure performed by surgeons that removes excess skin and fat from the lower and middle abdomen as well as tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall. This procedure can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen, but should never be considered a substitute for weight loss.

Reasons to consider?

  • You have had a loss of skin elasticity (often caused by obesity).
  • You have a fat deposit that won’t respond to exercise or diet.
  • You have had multiple pregnancies that stretched your abdomen.

An abdominoplasty usually takes between two to five hours to perform, and is performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon will make a first incision from hipbone to hipbone in between your pubic and navel area, and then a second incision is made to release the navel from the tissue around it. Afterward, the surgeon will separate the skin from the abdominal wall and pull your vertical muscles in your abdomen closer together, which will tighten them. The excess skin is then removed, and your navel re-located to a proportional region…leaving your abdominal region looking MUCH firmer.

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