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Sometimes dieting and exercising are simply not enough to take care of problems around the waist line. In such cases, a patient may wish to consider a tummy tuck (otherwise known as abdominoplasty).

A tummy tuck is the surgical removal of excess skin or fatty deposits from the abdomen, along with the repositioning of abdomen muscles into a tighter formation. This bodily enhancement procedure is designed for those who wish to have a flatter and tighter stomach. It is also helpful in remedying the vertical separation of abdomen muscles, known as diastases, which can occur following pregnancy.

Reasons for Considering an Abdominoplasty:

  • Inability of dieting and exercise to improve the abdominal area
  • Excessive accumulation of skin following weight loss
  • Loss of skin elasticity or diastases (loose abdominal muscles) due to pregnancy
  • The removal of unsightly skin and fat deposits, as well as the proper alignment of the abdominal muscles, to produce a more flattering look

About the Procedure

Abdominoplasty surgery lasts anywhere from one to five hours, depending on the desired look and the patient’s unique physiology. To begin the procedure, an incision is made just above the pubic bone area. This incision goes horizontally across the lower abdomen, and sometimes around to the back. The skin is then stretched away from the muscle tissue and excess skin is removed. The abdominal muscle tissue is then tightened to provide a firmly contoured stomach and well-defined waistline. Finally, the incision is closed and the skin is stitched back into place. In order to provide the best results during a full abdominoplasty, an additional incision is made around the navel.

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