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All About the Tummy Tuck

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Considering a tummy tuck? Many people have gotten an abdominoplasty to tighten their stomach muscles and help them enhance their appearance. In 2017 alone, there were nearly 130,000 tummy tucks performed. If you are thinking of having one done, here is everything you need to know about the procedure.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

An abdominoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure that helps to reshape and flatten your abdominal area. During the procedure, excess fat and skin are removed and the muscles of the abdomen are tightened. This will give you a firmer, tighter abdomen area when you have fully recovered.

Different Types of Tummy Tucks

There are three different types of tummy tucks available. The one you choose will depend on your end goal. Your doctor can help you decide which one is right for you.

The Classic Tummy Tuck: The full tummy tuck is also called ‘the classic’. This procedure is best for those who want to address the entire abdominal wall—this includes the areas above and below the belly button. People who seek this procedure typically are looking to help alleviate a round belly and get rid of excess skin. A classic tummy tuck tends to offer the most natural looking after recovery, providing recipients with a toner, firmer abdominal region.

A Mini Tummy Tuck: Mini tummy tucks are just what they sound like, a less extensive procedure. They improve just the lower section of the belly, right below the belly button. This procedure is perfect for those looking to alleviate the lower abdominal bulge. These tummy tucks also help get rid of stretch marks.

Extended Tummy Tuck: Extended tummy tucks help tighten the abdomen while also targeting the flanks and hips. Many patients who seek out this procedure have had multiple pregnancies or have lost a good deal of weight and are looking to help tighten several areas.

Ideal Candidates for Tummy Tucks

The ideal candidate for a tummy tuck is someone who does not have a great deal of tone in their abdomen, have a protruding belly, and/or has a lot of loose or excess skin in the abdominal area. The best candidates for the procedure are at a stable weight (in other words, they are not in the midst of losing weight), are healthy, are non-smokers, and have realistic expectations regarding the procedure.

If you believe you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck, schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon today. Every abdominoplasty is different, so make sure to speak with your doctor in order to know what to expect.

Ivy Skye Marshall: Ivy, a social justice reporter, covers human rights issues, social movements, and stories of community resilience.