Tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin and, in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.
A flat and well-toned abdomen is something many of us strive for through exercise and weight control. Sometimes these methods cannot achieve our goals.
Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging. The most common causes of this include:
• Prior surgery
• Significant fluctuations in weight
What a tummy tuck won't do
A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program.
Although the results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant fluctuations in your weight. For this reason, individuals who are planning substantial weight loss or women who may be considering future pregnancies would be advised to postpone a tummy tuck.
A tummy tuck cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised.
Tummy tucks are frequently combined with other cosmetic procedures such as breast augmentation or breast lift (“mommy makeover”) or liposuction for optimal results.
Dr. Laura Cooper is a female plastic surgeon who is double board certified in both Surgery and Plastic Surgery. Dr. Cooper specializes in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and has vast surgical experience. During your consultation, Dr. Cooper who fully assess your specific needs as well as ascertain what is your desired outcome. She has the advantage of being able to offer you not only a professional opinion but also a woman’s perspective on what will look best for your body contour. A wide variety of surgical treatment options exist, and Dr. Cooper will educate you fully on these considerations during your consultation.