In the past, the tummy tuck procedure was done using one method. However, when liposuction was invented about 20 years ago, surgeons then had a new approach to this procedure. Read on to learn more about the many options and variations of the tummy tuck procedure, as well as what it can and cannot do at Taylor Plastic Surgery.
What Can a Tummy Tuck Do?
The tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty procedure, addresses excess fat and skin on the lower abdomen, as well as tightens weak abdominal muscles. Patients who cannot eliminate their lower tummy bulge with diet and exercise, who have experience pregnancy, or have had extreme weight loss can benefit from a tummy tuck for a slimmer, smoother abdominal contour.
It is important to understand that the results of a tummy tuck can be short-lived if a patient gains or loses a significant amount of weight. Because of this, it is best for those planning on future pregnancies or substantial weight loss to wait for this procedure. A tummy tuck also cannot treat stretch marks, though they may be removed with excess skin during surgery.
Tummy Tuck Techniques
A tummy tuck can be done using many different approaches. A surgeon can perform a range of tissue removal, from minimal to maximum. Also, complete and partial/mini abdominoplasties can be done. Oftentimes, liposuction is also used during a tummy tuck to contour the area.
A tummy tuck is also a popular option when performing a mommy makeover, which is a combination of procedures to create a slimmer, more feminine body profile.
Overall, a tummy tuck procedure can take between one to five hours, depending on the approach taken.
If you are in the Fayetteville area and are interested in a tummy tuck, contact us today to schedule your consultation!14