As much as we would all love to have that flat, well-toned abdomen we see in magazines and movies, the tummy does not always cooperate. A protruding or sagging abdominal region—due to heredity, past pregnancies, weight fluctuations or posture issues—can negatively impact your confidence and self-esteem. Dieting, crunches and abdominal exercises can be helpful but will not necessarily provide the kind of firm, contoured abdomen we desire. Fortunately, a tummy tuck can reduce fatty tissue and tighten the area.
Is a Tummy Tuck Right for You?
For individuals unhappy with the contour of their body due to a protruding or sagging abdominal area, a tummy tuck can make a significant difference. If you’re interested in the procedure, talk to the doctor about the possibility of an improved, more confident appearance with a tummy tuck. The ideal candidate is healthy, moderately fit, non-smoker within the near-range of their optimum body weight. Patients should have a positive attitude and realistic vision of the potential results.
The Tummy Tuck Procedure
The tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat and skin from the abdominal region. The procedure can help restore weakened or separated muscles in the region, as well as, creating a firmer, more toned contour of the body.
The process begins with a consultation and evaluation session in which Dr. Hall will assess your case, talk to you about your goals, explain your options and determine the proper course of action.
The procedure involves an incision made between the pubic line and navel where excess fat and skin are removed and any needed muscle repair is accomplished. The length of the incision will vary based on the amount of fat and skin to be removed. A second incision around the navel may be required to remove excess skin. More dynamic results may be achieved by combining the procedure with liposuction, though this is a decision that should be made in consultation with your doctor. Changes will be immediately apparent, though overall results will become more defined over time. The procedure can take place in an office surgical facility or in a hospital, and is usually performed under general anesthesia.