If you have loose, sagging skin or a kangaroo pouch that just won’t go away, it may be time for extensive treatment. If you’ve dieted, exercised and done sit ups until you’re blue in the face with no change, surgery may be the only solution.
A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a plastic surgery procedure involving the removal of any combination of loose skin, excess fat or tightening abdominal muscles that have become weak. This is all done to flatten the stomach and provide a sculpted, toned look.
Depending on your needs, there are different options to consider when choosing a surgery for a flatter stomach…
FLATTER TUMMY OPTIONS
- Skin only candidates typically only have some loose skin but no excess fat and tight abdominal muscles
- Mini tuck option is chosen when there is a small amount of loose skin and a muscle bulge from pregnancy
- Liposuction removes excess fat when there is no other issue
- Endoscopic tuck is a procedure done for those who have weaker abdominal muscles only
- Panniculectomy is considered more of a body contour and is used for individuals who have excessive skin hanging, sometimes called an apron, usually as a result of major weight loss.
Tummy tucks can vary from outpatient to overnight hospital stay, depending on the type of procedure. Local or general anesthesia may be used. Pain medications and antibiotics are prescribed for healing and prevention of infection. Bruising and swelling are normal. It may take up to a full six weeks to properly heal and recover based on the extent of the surgery. During this time, walking and light activities are okay. The cost of a tummy tuck can range between $3,000-$12,000.
It’s always best to try natural options first – like diet and exercise – but if nothing is working, a tummy tuck might be right for you.
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