For abdominal improvement, tummy tuck truly stands alone in terms of what it can accomplish. Abdominoplasty improves both the shape and contour of the abdomen, allowing patients to wear different types of clothing and forget about trying to dress in a way that hides that unwanted belly bulge. My Marietta, Woodstock, and Canton-area plastic surgery patients love the versatility of the procedure — and more importantly, its long-term results.
Most of my tummy tuck patients have experienced one or both of these life events, which contributed to the excess skin that the procedure removes.
Extreme Weight Loss
Your skin is quite resilient, but it’s not invincible. Significant weight loss, especially within a short period of time (as in patients who undergo bariatric surgery, for instance) can leave loose, hanging skin behind. Improving your diet and exercise habits will shed pounds and shrink excess fat, but it won’t do a thing for unwanted loose skin.
That can lead to an incongruent, disjointed feeling in patients: They’ve finally committed to making a major change that has a positive effect on their health, but the results are hidden, in a sense, behind the skin that’s left behind.
Only surgical excision can truly smooth away this skin for good, which is why many people turn to tummy tuck surgery.
Pregnancy changes a woman’s body in lots of ways, of course, and some of those physical changes linger even after giving birth. The womb stretches both the skin and the muscles around the abdomen, and it seldom retracts to the exact same shape as it was prior to getting pregnant.
Tummy tuck, then, is exceedingly popular with women who have had children because of its ability to deeply improve the abdomen, far beyond simple cosmetic improvements. Women who have had multiple pregnancies are especially susceptible to a condition called diastasis recti, or a separating of the fascia between the abdominal muscles. This can cause a ridge or lump on the abdomen that no amount of crunches can undo.
During a tummy tuck, your surgeon can suture the abdominal wall back into place and repair the muscles and fascia, leaving behind a smoother contour and improved core strength.
Whatever the cause of your unhappiness with your midsection, a full consult can help answer your questions and make the whole process make more sense. Other choices for improvement can be discussed as well. If you’d like to learn more, please contact us to schedule an appointment.