Aging, pregnancy, and weight gain are all factors that can contribute to excess fat in your midsection. As time progresses, it becomes increasingly impossible to improve sagging skin and excess fat in this area without surgery. A tummy tuck surgery, also called “abdominoplasty,” is the ideal cosmetic procedure to tighten your abdominal muscles, remove sagging skin and fat, and provide the firm and slender silhouette you desire. Depending on the extent of the procedure, a tummy tuck surgery can correct the following:
|☛ Excess abdominal fat||☛ Sagging skin||☛ Weak abdominal muscles|
|☛ Separated abdominal muscles||☛ Stretch marks|
Tummy Tuck FAQs
Q: Am I a candidate for a tummy tuck?
A: The best candidates for this procedure are in good health, do not smoke, and have realistic expectations of the procedure. They have typically maintained their current weight for at least three months.
Q: How much weight will I lose with a tummy tuck?
A: Your weight will likely be reduced after surgery, but this is not the goal of the procedure. A tummy tuck is meant to improve the shape of the midsection and the tightness of the abdominal skin.
Q: Will I need liposuction along with my tummy tuck?
A: Dr. Hochstein often combines liposuction with a tummy tuck, but not all patients will need it. If your main concern is excess skin, a tummy tuck alone can remove it.
Q: What if I have a significant amount of fat or excess skin?
A: Dr. Hochstein can perform an extended tummy tuck on patients who have a significant amount of skin to be removed. These patients have typically lost a large amount of weight either through diet and exercise or gastric bypass surgery and have loose, sagging skin. The procedure is similar to a traditional tummy tuck but will involve a longer incision, sometimes completely around the torso, which will also improve the appearance of the back. Dr. Hochstein will remove “love handles” and other fatty areas around the core to reveal an overall more slender midsection.
Q: Should I be finished having children before considering a tummy tuck?
A: Yes. Since pregnancy will undo the results of a tummy tuck, it is recommended that women are finished having children before considering surgery.
Q: What results can I expect from a tummy tuck?
A: Tummy tuck results are permanent unless you gain a significant amount of weight or become pregnant. Patients who are at or near their ideal weight will experience the best results from this procedure, which include a flat abdomen, more feminine contours for women, smooth skin, and increased confidence.