A common complaint, especially from women who have had kids, is a tummy that’s protruding, or has excess folds of skin or fat. Some women also suffer from back pain as a result of weak abdominal muscles. A tummy tuck removes excess fat and skin from the abdominal region, and can sometimes be used to tighten abdominal muscles, giving the stomach region a leaner appearance. The procedure works best on a physically fit person with excess skin and fat, usually due to pregnancy or weight loss, that cannot be reduced through normal diet and exercise.
Who is the best candidate for tummy tuck surgery?
The best candidate for an abdominoplasty is a healthy, physically fit person with excess skin and fat in the midsection that does not respond to exercise. Most commonly, women who have experienced pregnancy or people who have had significant weight loss find their skin loses its elasticity and does not return to normal. This loose skin does not respond to exercise. Abdominoplasty is not a substitute for weight loss; it is designed for re-contouring the abdomen to be flatter and narrower. The procedure lasts from two to four hours. Is often used in conjunction with liposuction to reshape and contour the abdominal area.