What is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a procedure used to remove excessive or loose fat and skin from the abdomen area. The procedure can also tighten separated and weakened abdominal muscles, as well as remove stretch marks from the lower area of your abdomen. The resulting effects are a smoother and tighter abdominal profile, as well as improved lower back curvature and posture.
Excessive abdominal fat can result from heredity, poor diet, lack of exercise, or pregnancy. Excessive skin can result from aging, sudden weight loss, or a prior pregnancy. Whatever the cause, our experienced board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Benjamin, can restore or transform your undesirable abdominal appearance using the tummy tuck procedure.
If you are planning a pregnancy or significant weight loss, you should consider having the procedure performed after one of these events. Although the tummy tuck procedure yields instant results, excessive fat and skin can return as a result of one of these events, or if you do not take the proper measurements to maintain your new appearance. The procedure is not a substitute for proper exercise and diet.
The General Procedure
The procedures used in a tummy tuck operation largely depend on the patient’s current physical condition, as well as his or her goals. Generally speaking, the operation has four components: 1) a horizontal incision is made between the public hairline and the navel; 2) excessive fat is removed using liposuction; 3) muscles are tightened using sutures; 4) excessive skin is removed, and remaining skin is pulled down and stitched. The entire operation takes about two hours, and a full recovery can be made in as little as two weeks, depending on the individual. Dr. Benjamin uses his artistic and tested skills to assure that scaring is minimal and concealed as best as possbile.
If you find yourself lacking confidence because you have excessive skin or fat, the tummy tuck procedure may be your solution. Don’t miss out on the things that are most important to you because of embarrassment. Whether for personal or professional reasons, feeling confident in a social environment is a must. Now is the time to act. Please call our professional and courteous staff in Clinton, Maryland at (240)-244-9010 for a consultation to learn how a tummy tuck operation can benefit you. After all, you deserve it!