An abdominoplasty or tummy tuck, removes excess fat and skin, and in most cases restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.
An abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, has the ability to improve the appearance of your abdominal region. An abdominoplasty removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen while at the same time tightening the underlying muscles.
These muscles may often become weakened or stretched due to excessive weight gain or loss, aging, pregnancy, prior surgeries, and even heredity.
A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes these methods cannot achieve our goals.
Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging. The most common causes of this include:
- Significant fluctuations in weight
- Prior surgery
When the loose skin is located primarily in the lower abdomen region and excess fat is minimal, a smaller procedure known as a partial, or “mini” abdominoplasty may be performed, which is an outpatient procedure with a faster recovery and smaller incision that can be covered by a bathing suit.
If you are looking for a flatter and better toned abdomen, an abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” may be the right procedure for you.
What to discuss with your surgeon… When thinking about an abdominoplasty, it is important to have realistic expectations and to discuss any questions or anxieties with your doctor during the consultation at Plástica Tijuana Surgery. The ideal candidate should be at a stable weight in order to maximize the effects of the surgery, therefore those planning substantial weight loss or future pregnancies should not consider this surgery.
In addition, it is also important to discuss why you would like to have the surgery and your medical history, including any diseases such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, high blood pressure, cardiovascular, or any circulatory disorders. It is also important to discuss surgical history, usage of certain medications, supplements, vitamins, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. These can all affect surgery, healing, and ultimately your cosmetic outcomes.
What an abdominoplasty won’t do… Abdominoplasties are not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program. Also, tummy tuck operations cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised, generally the treated areas below the belly button.
Deciding to renew your appearance is a big decision. And finding the right doctor to perform the procedure is important.
Please contact Plástica Tijuana Surgery for answers before making a decision to undertake the procedure. If you are well-informed about the alternatives, the benefits and risks, your expectations will become more realistic.