A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure used to remove fat deposits and excess skin. Many patients also get their abdominal muscles tightened. Abdominoplasty is often used by people who have lost a lot of weight and still have fat deposits that exercise and diet can’t get rid of. Women whose abdominal muscles have been stretched and weakened by pregnancy also commonly choose to undergo a tummy tuck.
What Is the Procedure Like?
Just as no two people are exactly the same, a tummy tuck will be personalized to meet the needs of each patient. The first step is to come in for a consultation to discuss your needs, goals and candidacy for the procedure. The process itself generally consists of removing loose, excess skin from the abdomen. Stubborn fat deposits will also be removed. If desired, our surgeon can also tighten the underlying abdominal muscles. When you come in for your consultation, we will explain in more detail what you can expect from the procedure.
When to Consider a Tummy Tuck
A tummy tuck can be beneficial for those who have begun to experience loose or sagging abdominal skin as a result of aging or extreme weight loss. Women who have given birth and are finished having children also benefit from the procedure, as it tightens the abdominal muscles as well.
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
The ideal candidate for a tummy tuck will be an adult in good overall health with realistic expectations. People who smoke will be strongly advised to quit at least a couple of weeks before the procedure, since smoking slows the healing process. The candidate should also be at a stable weight, for weight fluctuations can affect the results of the surgery. Women should not undergo abdominoplasty until they have finished having children for the same reason.
If you are looking for expertly performed and personalized aesthetic services such as abdominoplasty and BOTOX® in Murfreesboro, TN, visit our talented plastic surgeon at Tarola Plastic Surgery. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and find out if a tummy tuck is right for you.