Abdominoplasty (also known as a tummy tuck) is a type of surgery where the excess skin and fat from the tummy are removed and the muscles tightened. The aim is to achieve a more desirable shape and/or to reduce or remove scars or stretch marks.
Having abdominoplasty is not a solution for weight loss and will not prevent future weight gain. However, for those who have lost significant amounts of weight, or who struggle with stubborn excess tummy fat, it can be the perfect treatment. Results can be excellent and maybe long-term for those who maintain a healthy lifestyle following the procedure.
As with any type of surgery, it is important to discuss the different options and risk factors with a doctor before making the decision to go ahead with a tummy tuck. Abdominoplasty is not suitable for everyone. For example, it may not be appropriate for heavy smokers or those with diabetes or heart disease. Talk to your surgeon about what results you are looking for and what can realistically be achieved.
What Else to Think About?
What you want to change about yourself and why? Research the different treatments which may be available to you and the pros and cons of each one.
Carefully research potential surgeons. Look for one who is experienced in carrying out the type of cosmetic surgery you are looking to have done. Check their credentials and qualifications and ask for testimonials.
Make sure you fully understand the surgery and have a realistic expectation about what can be achieved?
Think carefully about your recovery time and how you will be looked after. You may need to take time off work.
Alternatives to Abdominoplasty
As well as a range of different types of abdominoplasty, there are also alternative procedures.
Liposuction is considered an alternative to the tummy tuck, although many people choose to have both liposuction and abdominoplasty at the same time. Liposuction is a procedure whereby your surgeon sucks excess fat from problematic areas, such as hips, stomach, and thighs. Again, this is not a weight-loss solution but a treatment for those with stubborn pockets of fat that do not respond to diet or exercise.