A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure which involves reshaping and refashioning both the stomach and the skin and muscles surrounding it. The correct term for a tummy tuck is an Abdominoplasty.
This procedure is normally used for cosmetic reasons. However after surgery most patients are left with considerable improvement to one’s self esteem and can be a driving force for the decision to have surgery performed.
The usual type of person who undergoes a tummy tuck is very often a woman who has had children and has ended up with stretch marks and loose saggy skin on her abdomen. Other women, who may benefit from a tummy tuck, are often those women who have undergone a caesarian section and left with scars and or lose skin
It’s important that patients who have decided to have a tummy tuck realize that they will be left with a scar. Many people seem to think that this type of procedure leaves a very fine scar or no scar at all, however it should be remembered that this procedure is classed as major surgery, and there is bound to be some form of scarring.
The scar from a tummy tuck usually runs horizontally from hip to hip over the pubic region. The surgeon who is normally a plastic surgeon appreciates the anxiety of his patients that as little scar as possible will be visible. Therefore a good surgeon will do his utmost to ensure the scar that is left is as low as possible so it is as least visible as possible.
Many patients undergo multiple procedures at the time of a Tummy Tuck. Reasons for combining procedures with a tummy tuck include patient goals, recovery time and cost.
Liposuction performed in conjunction with a tummy tuck can enhance the whole look of the abdomen giving it a completely new shape.
Tummy Tuck & Breast Enhancement are also frequently combined. Many mothers after pregnancy, breastfeeding and or substantial weight loss are unfortunatley left with sagging breasts and lose skin in the abdomen area. This type of patient benefits greatly from combining the two surgeries.