A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a surgical procedure to remove excess fat and loose, drooping skin around the midsection and to correct weakened abdominal muscles after pregnancy or significant weight loss. Even people within a normal weight range can develop a loose or protruding abdomen, particularly as a result of aging.
At Athenix in Fresno, you have options. We focus our practice on body contouring and provide the latest, most advanced techniques available. Our physicians will discuss different types of tummy tucks and determine the best procedure to correct the problem. We use modern surgical techniques that have the smallest incisions and fastest recovery possible.
During your tummy tuck, our plastic surgeons can custom-tailor an abdominoplasty based on your unique anatomy and the current condition of your abdomen. The procedure we create specifically for you may include any or all of the following:
- Tightening the abdominal muscle wall;
- Removing fat cells; and
- Removing excess hanging skin.
A tummy tuck is not designed to eliminate stretch marks. In most cases, however, stretch marks are located on areas of the hanging skin which is removed during the tummy tuck procedure.
Love Your Body after Your Baby
One of the greatest difficulties of childbearing is the after-effects on a woman’s body. Stretched skin and loose, hanging muscles in the abdomen can detract from a new mother’s confidence as a woman and lower her self-esteem. The problem of separated abdominal muscles can be the result of a C-section or can occur after a natural delivery.
When Fitness Routines Won’t Help
A fitness routine is helpful, but it in some cases, our tummy tuck is the best way to get back your shape and tone after childbearing. If you have struggled unsuccessfully to regain your pre-pregnancy figure with diet and exercise, we invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons to find out if a tummy tuck is the best option for you.
You Deserve a Beautiful Belly after Major Weight Loss
If you have worked hard and succeeded in losing a significant amount of weight, congratulations are in order! Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the best things you can do for your body and your self image. Although your health may be greatly improved, substantial weight loss can have some undesirable aesthetic effects – specifically, overstretched abdominal muscles and loose, sagging skin.
This problem can be so discouraging that some people lose the drive to continue with a healthy lifestyle and may eventually regain the weight they lost. A tummy tuck after major weight loss can help create a lovelier abdomen and more attractive physique that better reflects your hard work and efforts. In fact, the results of the procedure may produce a second wave of elation after your initial success that helps you stay on track with your healthier lifestyle.
Rejuvenate your Abs
As we grow older, the skin loses elasticity and muscles begin to weaken. This deterioration can have a major impact on the abdominal region when it results in a sagging and flabby midsection. Weak, sagging, or protruding abdominal muscles can make you appear older and less fit than you actually are. Our surgeons can perform a tummy tuck procedure to streamline and tighten the abdominal region, which can have a rejuvenating effect on the entire body.
Why You Might Need a Tummy Tuck
Diet and exercise can give you a slimmer body and better muscle tone, but skin that has stretched over bulk does not always tighten up by itself. When the rest of you shrinks, extra, loose skin on the abdomen stays. It can sag and droop down, an unhappy situation.
Stubborn fat deposits on the belly often do not respond to diet and exercise. Pregnancy and childbirth can leave you with separated abdominal muscles in addition to loosened skin, which diet and exercise may cannot tighten. A custom-tailored tummy tuck can remove extra belly fat, tighten abdominal muscles, and eliminate that unattractive, loose, hanging skin.
A tummy tuck surgical procedure can:
- Remove excess loose skin
- Tighten sagging skin
- Remove fat deposits on the belly
- Reinforce separated abdominal muscles
- Get rid of a protruding belly
Medical Reasons for a Tummy Tuck
There are medical as well as cosmetic reasons for a tummy tuck, as covered in an article in the Plastic Surgery Post. This surgical procedure can:
- Reduce Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) after childbirth: This is a bladder control problem, common after vaginal deliveries, that involves uncontrolled leakage with sneezing, coughing, laughing, or exercise.
- Improve abdominal muscle tone and posture: Extreme weight loss and multiple pregnancies can cause stomach muscles to become distended, and this condition cannot be corrected with diet and exercise alone. Weak muscles can be surgically tightened and excess skin and fat can be removed to flatten the abdomen in a tummy tuck surgery. Posture may improve significantly after this procedure.
- Correct a ventral hernia: A ventral hernia occurs when the intestine or abdominal tissue breaks through the abdominal wall and forms a pocket. This condition has a number of causes, including massive weight loss and C-section surgeries. Abdominoplasty in addition to hernia repair can strengthen the abdominal wall and prevent the hernia from reoccurring in the future.
Transform Your Body with an Athenix Tummy Tuck
Our physicians use only the latest technologies and medical advancements. While smaller tummy tucks may not require general anesthesia, our state-of-the-art surgical suites are fully equipped and ready to handle the most complex cases at each of our locations.
Our board-certified plastic surgeons will evaluate your skin elasticity and skin tone to determine what procedure will achieve the results you envision. We will discuss scar placement and downtime, and answer all your questions during your evaluation to make sure a tummy tuck is the best option for your individual situation.
At Athenix, safety is our priority and our primary goal is excellent results for you. For a better understanding of how our board-certified cosmetic surgeons can help you get your body back with a tummy tuck procedure, call or contact us today to schedule a consultation at our Fresno location.