Improving the appearance of certain areas of the body, particularly the abdomen, is a struggle for many despite a healthy lifestyle that involves regular exercise. For most of our patients, it’s unfortunate to learn that exercise cannot help them get rid of sagging skin or tighten weakened abdominal muscles. Fortunately, a tummy tuck procedure or technically known as abdominoplasty is designed to remove excess abdominal skin and tighten loose abdominal muscles.
It is worth noting that not all patients require a full tummy tuck. In some cases, Dr. Mosser has seen patients who only need liposuction because they still retain excellent muscle tone and skin elasticity. Others only have loose skin just underneath the navel so a mini-abdominoplasty may be more appropriate. Patients in San Francisco with this anatomical issue have faster and shorter recovery periods because this procedure involves shorter incisions.
A tummy tuck is technically referred to as an abdominoplasty. This type of surgery mainly improves the appearance of loose or sagging abdominal skin. It involves a variety of techniques. For example, unwanted fat and excess skin are removed if loose skin is the main issue. If the problem has only to do with extra fat, liposuction may be employed. This body contouring surgery is also useful for patients with diastasis, a condition where the underlying abdominal muscles have separated or weakened. It is important to note that a tummy tuck cannot help reduce the appearance of stretch marks except when it’s part of the excess skin that will be removed, often just below the navel. In addition, a tummy tuck is never a substitute for a healthy lifestyle or a weight loss program that includes moderate exercise.
It’s quite common for people to struggle in accomplishing flat, well-toned stomachs despite strict adherence to regular exercise and weight control programs. Reasons could vary — including aging, genetics, spine abnormalities, dramatic fluctuations in weight, multiple pregnancies, and prior surgeries. In fact, this issues could even affect people of normal weight and body mass index. Despite their best intentions to eat right and exercise regularly, stomachs may still protrude, waistlines may still be bigger, and excess abdominal skin may still be present. A tummy tuck procedure, technically known as abdominoplasty, can help individuals achieve a tighter, flatter stomach by getting rid of excess skin, unwanted fat and tightening weakened abdominal muscles. Patients typically achieve a smoother, flatter abdomen that is more appealing to the eye following a tummy tuck.*
* Individual results may vary, and not guaranteed.