Tummy Tuck

Struggling with loose skin, abdominal protrusion, excess fat and weak abdominal muscles in the midsection is a common problem for men and women. This can be especially pronounced after pregnancy or significant weight loss. Many people find that despite exercise and a healthy diet they are often unable to improve the aesthetics of this stubborn area. Dr. Romy performs abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck, to repair weak muscles and trim away the loose skin and fat to give patients a flatter, firmer and smoother abdomen.

A tummy tuck surgery is a popular cosmetic procedure for both men and women who are seeking a solution to improve their abdominal contours.

The Tummy Tuck Procedure

A tummy tuck with Dr. Romy is an outpatient surgery that takes 2-3 hours to complete. Patients are placed under a general anesthetic. An incision is created on the lower abdomen to separate the skin from underlying fatty tissue and muscles. Next, muscle tightening is achieved as separated abdominal muscles are pulled securely together with sutures. Following this, loose skin and excess fat are trimmed away. Finally, the remaining skin is pulled smooth to create a restored belly that may better fit clothing, allow for easier physical fitness and improved self esteem.

The Goals of a Tummy Tuck Procedure

Common goals of a tummy tuck surgery are:

  • remove loose, hanging skin that is hiding the results of weight loss
  • eliminate extra tissue causing undesirable bulging
  • define the waist to promote an hourglass figure
  • strengthen weakened abdominal muscles
  • restore a flatter and firmer abdomen
  • improve confidence and body image

What a Tummy Tuck Surgery Cannot Do

Although a tummy tuck can help emphasize the results of significant weight loss by removing loose skin, it is not a weight loss solution. Rather, it is a body contouring procedure designed to assist those who have lost weight and want to create a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. It is important to remember that a tummy tuck surgery cannot protect you from weight fluctuations and the results can be affected by pregnancy, significant weight gain, time and changes in skin elasticity. Furthermore, while liposuction can be added on to address pinchable fat on the abdomen, intra-abdominal fat cannot be addressed.

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