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Tummy Tuck

ABDOMINOPLASTY

Abdominoplasty, or a “tummy tuck” is designed to correct a protruding abdomen resulting from weak abdominal muscles, weight gain or pregnancy. Weight fluctuations cause the skin in the midsection to lose its elasticity and protrude. These conditions may not respond well to diet or exercise if the skin and underlying muscles have been stretched.

During a tummy tuck, the abdominal wall muscles are tightened and excess fatty tissue and skin are removed to improve the body contour. The goal is a narrower, flatter abdomen. Realistic expectations are important, so remember that the tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss.

Before Tummy Tuck Surgery

During the consultation, we consider your age, physical condition, and lifestyle to determine if you are a proper candidate for tummy tuck surgery. We also perform a complete medical history and careful examination. The best candidates will have no health problems and wish only to remove an excess deposit of fat or loose abdominal skin.

Patients on a weight-loss plan should be close to their target weight before having the operation. If you are planning on having children in the future, it may be a good idea to hold off on surgery in order to prevent the effects of pregnancy from altering the results of your tummy tuck. To minimize the possibility of excess bleeding, you will need to avoid taking drugs containing aspirin, non-steriodal anti-inflammatory medications or herbal supplements. You will also be advised to bathe well with an antiseptic soap for several days prior to surgery.

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