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Is a Tummy Tuck for You?

Tummy tuck procedures, medically referred to as abdominoplasty, are becoming more common these days. Despite all the talk about healthy living, proper diet, and physical fitness, many people are still bothered by stubborn fatty deposits and a lack of definition in their mid-sections. Age and pregnancy can also play a role in the appearance of your tummy, and sometimes diet and exercise are just not enough. A tummy tuck might just be the solution you are looking for to complete your body transformation.

A tummy tuck surgery involves the removal of excess belly skin and the tightening of weakened abdominal muscles to create a taut, smooth-looking abdomen. A tummy tuck can be an ideal procedure for many people who wish to return their mid-sections to their youthful state, but it is not right for everyone. Ideal tummy tuck candidates include:

  • MOTHERS: Mothers who no longer plan to have children are among the leading candidates for a tummy tuck, which is one of the main procedures offered in Mommy Makeover surgery. Pregnancy has a significant impact on a woman’s abdomen. Age and genetics play a significant role in the body’s ability to rebound from the stress of creating a child, and childbirth can leave a woman’s stomach muscles and skin stretched. A post-pregnancy belly with soft, loose skin and muscle often responds very well to a tummy tuck.
  • WEIGHT LOSS PATIENTS: Patients who have experienced a significant weight loss either through diet or weight loss surgery, such as gastric bypass surgery, often find themselves with excess skin and weakened muscles. Large shifts in weight can take its toll on the abdomen. Once a patient has taken off the weight and kept it off for a significant period of time, a tummy tuck surgery can be a great way to complete their weight loss transformation.
  • AGE: Age is one of the biggest culprits in causing a loss of elasticity in abdominal skin and muscles. Even the fittest people may notice a lack of tautness in the stomach area as they get older. A tummy tuck can be like a facelift for your abdomen, tightening up loose skin and abdominal muscles and helping combat the signs of aging.

Your general health is the most important factor in deciding if you are right for a tummy tuck procedure. Patients planning any cosmetic surgery should generally be in good health, which helps to ensure they respond well to the procedure and have a smooth recovery. A consultation with Dr. Mark Pinsky will help determine if a tummy tuck procedure is right for you. Please contact us today for more information, or to schedule a consultation.