An abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, helps you manage excess skin and fat in your abdominal area. This surgery can tighten abdominal muscles, deal with loose skin, and also remove fat in some cases.
When do people decide to have a tummy tuck?
1. After Weight Loss
While you'll look better and feel good if you lose a significant amount of weight, the skin around your stomach won't shrink. Over the years, excess fat makes this skin stretch. It won't mold itself to your body any longer but might look saggy and loose. If you want to make your skin fit your new stomach size, then a tummy tuck is the best option. Your surgeon will trim away excess skin.
This procedure also works if you've lost some weight but can't shift those last few pounds from your abdominal area. It can be really hard to lose weight from this part of your body without extra help. You might be conscious that your lower tummy is larger than it should be given the changes in diet and exercise you've made. Here, your surgeon can remove this excess fat during a tummy tuck operation, They also deal with your excess stomach skin at the same time.
2. After Pregnancy
Your pregnancy bump can leave you with some saggy skin around your stomach. You can lose all your pregnancy weight, but your stomach might not go back to being as flat and taut as it was before.
Plus, some women find that pregnancy changes some of their abdominal muscles. During pregnancy, the muscles in the middle of your stomach have to stretch to make room for the baby as it grows. However, these muscles can't necessarily tighten themselves back into their original positions after birth. They make the stomach sag because they aren't tightly connected any longer.
A tummy tuck can help fix both these problems. Your surgeon can remove excess skin to make your stomach go back to its normal size. They can tighten loose abdominal muscles.
3. As Part of Hernia Surgery
If you have an abdominal hernia, then your surgeon might recommend that you bundle your surgery into a single tummy tuck procedure. This will fix your hernia and any negative effects it has had on your stomach. For example, hernias can stick out into your abdomen. They can stretch muscles and skin. If you have a tummy tuck when you have your hernia fixed, then you can also repair any muscle weaknesses or bulges. Your surgeon can trim off excess skin if this is necessary.
To find out more about tummy tuck surgery, talk to your doctor or clinic.