Also known as a tummy tuck
The bulge of fat above or drooping over the belt is a common sight. Sometimes it is accompanied by excess fat on hips, thigh, breast and face. And sometimes not. Some people can otherwise be in good shape and yet have the tummy that just won’t go away no matter how much they diet or exercise.
Tummy-tuck surgery or abdominoplasty, can flatten your abdomen by removing loose, excess fat and skin and tightening muscles in the abdominal wall. It can also remove some if not all of the stretch marks in your lower abdomen. It is popular following pregnancy, massive weight loss or whenever a flabby abdomen with weak muscles affects body shape. Most patients report having better self-esteem after this procedure.
When to Consider a Tummy Tuck
- If you’ve got flab, stretch marks or excess skin in your abdomen that is stubborn and does not improve with diet or exercise.
- If you have been pregnant and the shape of your abdomen has not returned as close as you would like to its previous shape.
- If you have lost a lot of weight and there are flaps of skin and fat that are “surplus” to your body’s needs..
- If you feel that your protruding abdomen is obvious and unattractive.
- If your feeling unattractive affects your self-confidence.
To see a good descriptive illustrated PDF prepared for American Society of Plastic Surgery all about tummy tucks (correctly speaking abdominoplasty) (and copy it if you like)look here on the downloads page. Choose either “mini” or “full” tummy tuck.
The fold of tummy flab can extend around past the hips to the lumbar region and the surgery could extend to a lower body lift.
Liposuction above and below the excised flab can further improve appearance.