The tummy tuck, also known as an “abdominoplasty,” is a cosmetic procedure for men and women that sculpts the abdomen into a more flattering shape. This procedure removes excess skin and fat in the upper and lower abdomen and tightens the abdominal muscles, resulting in a slender, firmer abdominal appearance.
Common Reasons for Having Tummy Tuck
Weight loss, weight gain, pregnancy, and aging can affect the appearance of the abdomen. The skin may appear loose or stretched due to excess fat that created an unflattering silhouette, or the skin quality itself may have led to sagging over time. The tummy tuck improves the overall abdominal appearance by tightening the abdominal muscles and removing excess skin and fat.
Excess skin, especially after significant weight loss or pregnancy, can cause discomfort and embarrassment. Some patients may literally have to “tuck” their skin into their clothing and wear a tight compression garment to avoid chafing. The tummy tuck will remove the excess skin permanently so patients can easily exercise and comfortably fit into the clothing they desire to wear.
Pregnancy may completely change the appearance of a woman’s abdomen. The abdominal muscles stretch and become loose or can separate, the skin sags, stretch marks may form, and fat collects more easily in the lower abdomen. A tummy tuck is the ultimate procedure for mothers because it targets all of these concerns and is a major component of a “mommy makeover.” If desired, the woman can choose to have a mini tummy tuck if the skin laxity is localized to the lower abdominal region, which results in a smaller scar and a shorter recovery. A tummy tuck removes stretch marks if located on the skin removed during the procedure. Also, localized areas of weakness or defects in the abdominal wall, such as an umbilical hernia, can be repaired safely at the same time the tummy tuck is performed.