Removal of Excess Skin
Pregnancy and weight gain can force the abdominal skin to stretch at an accelerated rate. After the baby is born or after the weight is lost, the skin does not always contract to its formerly taut condition. As a result, the abdomen is left with hanging, excess skin. Tummy tuck surgery removes the loose, stretched skin from the lower abdomen to create a flatter and smoother belly. The procedure also relocates or reshapes the belly button when needed to create a more natural abdominal appearance.
Elimination of Stubborn Fat
Persistent abdominal fat is an unfortunate concern for many adults and can be a result of weight changes, pregnancy, and aging. For countless patients, no amount of exercise can eliminate stubborn lower belly fat. Abdominoplasty removes unwanted abdominal fat and flattens out bulges to create a more youthful and toned abdominal contour.
Repairing of the Abdominal Muscles
During pregnancy, the uterus enlarges, causing the abdominal muscles to stretch and separate. This abdominal wall separation can give the continued appearance of pregnancy long after childbirth, and it cannot be corrected with exercise. A similar spreading of the abdominal wall can occur in patients who gain and then lose a significant amount of weight. Abdominoplasty incorporates rectus plication, or tightening of the separated abdominal muscles. The surgeon sutures together the abdominal wall muscles and loose underlying tissue to flatten the abdomen for improved abdominal tone.
Improvement in Overall Body Shape, Health, and Well-Being
Tummy tuck surgery can offer many benefits. By improving the contour of the waistline, it improves overall body shape and accentuates feminine curves or firm and toned masculine abs. Reducing the amount of fat in the stomach can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and other health problems, and it can also improve posture and core strength. Feeling better about your appearance can strengthen self-confidence and improve your emotional and psychological well-being. Overall, tummy tuck surgery can significantly boost your quality of life.