A tummy tuck also commonly called an abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct a protruding or loose, sagging abdomen. The procedure removes excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and tightens the muscles of the abdominal wall. The goal is to create an abdominal profile that is younger, smoother and firmer.
Tummy tucks are common for both men and women. In particular, women who have given birth to children very often have loose skin and fat. They don’t like the way their stomach “hangs over” or “pooches out”. It is difficult for them to wear a bathing suit. They often find themselves having to “tuck in” their extra skin in their pants in an attempt to look flatter. In many cases, they have to wear a pants size that is one to two sizes larger in order to accommodate their extra stomach tissue.
People who have gained weight suffer from excess abdominal fat, whereas people who have lost weight often suffer from excess abdominal skin. Aging, weight loss, or pregnancy will also weaken and separate the abdominal muscles.
The technique selected depends on the degree of correction necessary. A full tummy tuck is needed when there is excess skin or fat throughout the abdomen or when muscle tightening is required. This is most commonly the case in women who have had children. When there is only moderate skin overhang without excess fat above the belly button, a mini-tuck (mini-abdominoplasty, partial tuck, partial abdominoplasty) can be performed. Liposuction can be considered instead of a tummy tuck when there is negligible skin excess.
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