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A Tummy Tuck Can Make You Feel More Confident

Posted by Chad Deal on Dec 12, 2013 12:06:00 PM

tummy tuckA tummy tuck , also known as abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure many women desire to get rid of excess fat and saggy skin from the abdomen.  The results are tighter skin, flat tummy area and a narrower waistline.  Even though surgeons have performed tummy tucks for more than a century, the procedure gained popularity around the beginning of the 21st century and has now emerged as one of most popular cosmetic surgeries in the US and the world. Recent statistics over the past decade provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons suggest that more than 100,000 tummy tuck surgeries are performed each year in the US.

Why should you choose a Tummy Tuck?

Have you been considering Tummy Tuck? Do you often wonder how a tummy tuck will help you?

A tummy tuck is a contouring procedure which is mostly chosen by those who have previously undergone major weight-loss surgeries or are in their post-pregnancy state and simply want to get rid of all the excess fat and skin in their lower abdominal region and gain a more shapely waistline. Not only does sagging skin look unsightly, it can feel uncomfortable, too. Tummy tucks are also good for women who have lost 50-100 pounds of weight by following strict exercise and diet programs. These women feel the need to get rid of stubborn abdominal fat and skin and that simply refuse to go away. A tummy tuck can help people achieve a more attractive waistline and get back into their favorite clothes confidently.

A tummy tuck is typically chosen by people aged 25-65 years, though the age criterion depends on several other factors as well. A patient who generally is in good health and simply want to achieve firmer and more beautiful abdomen is a good candidate. It is not usually recommended for active smokers. Before undergoing tummy tuck, you should have a consultation with your cosmetic surgeon to determine the best combination of procedures that will meet your goals.

What does a Tummy Tuck include?

Before performing an abdominoplasty, the cosmetic surgeon carefully marks out the skin to be removed. The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia, and therefore you will not experience pain during the procedure. The surgeon makes an incision in the bikini line, removes excess skin and also removes fat. The incision is then closed. A tummy tuck is performed in conjunction with liposuction to give you a smaller waistline. The procedure usually ends up removing anywhere between 2-10 pounds of weight in the abdominal region.

The extent and length of the procedure largely depends on the amount of skin and fat to be removed and the sensitivity of the abdominal tissues. The procedure can take anywhere between 1 and 4 hours. The recovery time varies from 1 to 4 weeks.

What do you need to keep in mind?

A tummy tuck is an excellent cosmetic procedure that helps women look and feel better. Again, it is highly important to schedule a consulation with a cosmetic surgeon in town, one who has the requisite experience and expertise to meet your goals. It is also recommended that you quit smoking, eat healthy and take up a mild exercise program weeks before and after undergoing tummy tuck.

Southern Surgical Arts is a cosmetic surgery practice entirely devoted and committed to enhacing your natural beauty. The practice uses the latest technology and advanced techniques to provide the results that achieve a more beautiful you. Dr. Nease and Dr. Deal have performed more than 10,000 cosmetic surgeries. 

Topics: Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon, Tummy Tuck, Liposuction, Patient Care & Experience