What Is A Tummy Tuck?
What is a tummy tuck? A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that will reshape and refashion the stomach and skin muscles surrounding it.
The reason people have this procedure done is normally for cosmetic reasons. You may not like your body shape and are looking for ways to improve it or change it.
Often the tummy tuck patient has had children and now has loose skin and stretch marks on her abdomen. Sometimes a caesarian section or appendectomy and they have scars on their lower abdomen that they want to have look better.
If you have lost enough weight that you have loose skin hanging off your abdomen, you may want to consider having a tummy tuck done. People who have lost a lot of weight can often be frustrated at the folds of skin that hang from their abdomen. It is especially depressing because they have worked so hard to loose the weight, yet still look heavy because of the loose skin. A tummy tuck can take care of that loose skin and give that person the ability to enjoy their weight loss.
If you are having a tummy tuck done or are considering having this procedure, you should be aware that you will have a scar. Most people do not find this bothersome because they feel it is better to have a scar than the extra skin or protruding abdomen. You should just be aware that scarring is part of surgery so do not be surprised when this happens. A tummy tuck scar usually goes horizontally across the pubic area from hip to hip. A good surgeon will know how anxious excessive scarring will make their patient and will therefore do everything they can to minimize the scarring. Check the before and after pictures your surgeon shows you of other patients to ensure that you know what kind of scarring their patients usually experience.
Another procedure that can be done in conjunction with a tummy tuck is liposuction. Many people feel that this enhances the look of their abdomen so they decide to have this done at the same time as the tummy tuck. So you may want to consider this and talk to your surgeon at your initial visit.
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