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When Flatter is Better (Tummy Tuck)

Aesthetic Plastic Surgical Institute

article courtesy Daniel C. Mills, M.D., F.A.C.S.

CLICK HERE to visit the website of Daniel C. Mills, M.D., F.A.C.S.

You've dieted, exercised - you've tried everything - but you just can't get rid of that tummy! You no longer feel comfortable wearing the style of clothes that you like, and you don't even want to think about a bathing suit.

Don't worry - you're not alone. Each year, many thousands of Americans undergo a "tummy tuck" to get rid of troublesome bulges and loose abdominal skin.

A tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, is designed to firm and smooth your abdomen. The procedure removes excess abdominal skin and may also reduce fat and tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. The result is a flatter abdominal profile.

Did your mother or father have the same problem? Not surprisingly, bulges and loose skin in the abdominal area can sometimes be an inherited condition. In other instances, people will have loose, hanging skin following significant weight loss. Women may experience separation and weakening of the abdominal muscles as a result of pregnancy. A tummy tuck can tighten these muscles and may also somewhat improve the appearance of stretch marks, particularly those located below the navel.

Both women and men can be good candidates for a tummy tuck, but the procedure is more common among women.

There are a variety of techniques for performing a tummy tuck, and Dr. Mills can advise you on which one is best for you. Usually, the incision within or above the pubic area can be designed to fall discreetly within the lines of your bathing suit or lingerie. When there is not a lot of loose skin and the bulge in your tummy is located below the navel, Dr. Mills may be able to perform a "mini" abdominoplasty.

Sometimes liposuction alone can be effective in reducing abdominal fat, or liposuction may be performed along with a tummy tuck.

Unless you gain or lose a significant amount of weight or become pregnant, your abdomen should remain firmer and flatter for many years to come.

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