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A fit, youthful look is always desirable, but this becomes a challenge when stubborn fat and loose skin collects on your abdomen.
A tummy tuck is a surgically approved method for addressing these uncomfortable issues while restoring an attractive, flat abdomen. Tummy tuck surgery reinvents your abdominal contour by focusing on four different aesthetic and/or physical concerns.
1. Loose or Excess Abdominal Skin
You may notice sagging skin on the waistline after pregnancy or weight loss that is impossible to remove with diet and exercise alone. This is because these health-promoting activities cannot counteract the damage acquired from the loss of skin elasticity.
This is where tummy tuck surgery comes in. A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) physically removes excess, sagging skin while redraping the remaining skin smoothly and naturally.
It is crucial to understand that safe and speedy healing may take time after the procedure and require a recovery guide.
2. Weakened or Separated Abdominal Muscles
The abdominal (rectus) muscles can weaken and separate during pregnancy (or significant weight gain) in response to the growing uterus or stomach.
This causes diastasis recti, a condition that leaves your abdomen protruding even after returning to a healthy, fit weight. For some new mothers, it robs them of their dreams of restoring their pre-pregnancy figure.
Tightening these muscles can be an impossible task without the right procedure, like a tummy tuck. The process safely tightens and reconnects these muscles to restore a flatter stomach.
3. Excess Abdominal Fat
Poor diet, lack of exercise, and stressful states can result in excess abdominal fat.
Excess abdominal fat can be challenging to get rid of, and this struggle can result in a diminished level of self-confidence.
Tummy tuck surgery eliminates stubborn fat while tightening the skin and muscles. Liposuction can also be combined to slim the surrounding areas.
While this surgery will help you regain a desirable body shape, you will need to follow a prescribed recovery diet plan.
4. Stretch Marks (On the Skin Removed)
Although they are physically harmless, stretch marks are never wanted. Some women even go as far as avoiding bathing suits or summer clothes because they don’t know how to conceal the stretch marks on their stomachs.
Stretch mark reduction is not a primary goal of tummy tuck surgery, but it can help minimize some of these lines because the surgery removes a portion of abdominal skin (which is where the stretch marks are primarily located).
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Dr. Hiatt is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), which ensures that he has the training and experience to provide a safe and effective procedure. He is also a member of the prestigious American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and The Aesthetic Society (ASAPS).