Body contouring procedures are very common. We understand why. Many men and women desire a flat, if not sculpted, midsection, and this is hard to get through diet and exercise alone. The abdomen is one of the places where fat cells love to hang out. At a certain age, many people find that it becomes increasingly difficult to manage the abdominal area. Much of that stubborn “last 10 pounds” seems to sit around the midsection. This can make a tummy tuck sound like an incredible idea. Here, we discuss what this procedure can accomplish and what your next move may be if you want to see a significantly slimmer You.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
The tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty surgery, is a procedure that sculpts the musculature of the midsection. A slight amount of fat is removed during the tummy tuck but the primary area of focus is the muscle that attaches to the abdominal wall. If a person has excess fat in the midsection area, this can be addressed with liposuction. Often, liposuction is a perfect complement to abdominoplasty.
How Liposuction Works
Like abdominoplasty, liposuction is a body contouring procedure. Where abdominoplasty sculpts by tightening muscle tissue that has become very loose, liposuction sculpts by removing the fatty tissue that obscures muscle tone. This fat-reducing procedure is not about weight loss. It’s about creating new curves in areas affected by unwanted fat. Liposuction may be performed in the abdominal area to enhance the results of abdominoplasty or it may be performed elsewhere. Reducing fat in the thighs, hips, buttocks, or flanks also makes the effects of abdominoplasty look more pronounced. An experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon frequently combines these techniques to achieve optimal results.
Am I a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?
Abdominoplasty is a beneficial procedure that can be performed on adults of all ages who are in good general health and understand what this body contouring technique can accomplish. If you have lost muscle tone due to pregnancy, weight loss, or aging, a tummy tuck may be an ideal procedure to help you love your midsection again.
The board-certified plastic surgeons at Renaissance Plastic Surgery are proud to serve patients in the St. Peters, MO area. To schedule your consultation, call 636.896.0600.