Enhancing your appearance with a tummy tuck:
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
Also known as abdominoplasty, a 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.
What it won’t do:
A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program. Although the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in your weight. For this reason, individuals who are planning substantial weight loss or women who may be considering future pregnancies may be advised to postpone a tummy tuck. Also, a tummy tuck 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 those treated areas below the belly button.
A full tummy tuck requires a horizontally oriented incision in the area between the pubic hairline and navel. The shape and length of the incision will be determined by the degree of correction necessary. Through this incision, weakened abdominal muscles are repaired and sutured, and excess fat, tissue, and skin are removed. A second incision around the naval may be necessary to remove excess skin in the upper abdomen.
The goal of your tummy tuck is to give you a firmer, flatter abdominal contour that is more proportionate with your weight and body type. The final results may be obscured initially after the procedure because of swelling and your inability to stand upright until internal healing is complete. Within just one or two weeks, you will be standing tall and feeling confident with your new, slimmer profile.
To find out if a tummy tuck in Bloomington, Illinois, is right for you, we encourage you to contact our plastic surgeon, Dr. Otis Allen, at Institute for Plastic Surgery soon. We are eager to help you achieve the results you desire