You’ve done every crunch possible, plus planks, bicycles — everything, and that pooch persists. Or maybe you just haven’t had the time to put in the gym. Perhaps it’s your body type, could be C-sections, weight loss or general aging, but taut abs have simply proven out of your reach.
That’s where the time-honored tummy tuck comes in. An abdominoplasty removes excess fat and skin, and in most cases restores weakened or separated stomach muscles, yielding an abdominal profile that’s firmer, smoother, younger. Dr. Adams has performed countless tummy tucks.
The goal of a tummy tuck is to achieve a flatter, more aesthetically pleasing stomach by improving the contours around your waistline. If you have loose skin or excess fat in your abdomen, a tummy tuck may be right for you.
Dr. Adams will customize your surgery to meet your individual needs. For example, many patients have excess tissue located primarily below their bully button. Others have excess tissue that is above the belly button or that is more evenly distributed. Many patients request that the area treated during the abdominoplasty extend to their sides (or “love handles”). For some, loose skin is the primary concern, while others are focused on excess fat. In each situation, Dr. Adams will choose a surgical technique that is suited to the patient’s needs and desires.
During the surgical procedure, excess skin and fat is trimmed away. The underlying abdominal muscles may also be tightened, particularly in the case of tummy tucks performed on women who have been pregnant. If a significant amount of skin has been removed, the belly button may be re-positioned to a higher location on the abdomen. Finally, Dr. Adams will sculpt the remaining tissues to give you a smoother, flatter stomach.
Often, patients request a tummy tuck in addition to Body-Jet liposuction or other body contouring procedures. It is also commonly performed as part of a complete “mommy makeover,” focusing on reversing some of the physical effects of pregnancy.
This procedure is popular with both men and women. Ideal candidates are adults who have been at their current weight for at least one year. Tummy tucks are popular among men seeking more muscular-looking, sculpted abs. Many women undergo abdominoplasty surgery following pregnancy or weight loss, which tends to leave behind excess skin covering the abdomen. A tummy tuck leaves both men and women with a stomach that looks flatter and more toned.