Abdominoplasty is more popularly known as a tummy tuck. It is one of the most common cosmetic procedures to assist both men and women in having a smooth, flat stomach, although women are the most common candidates for this type of aesthetic surgery. Abdominoplasty offers an option for those who have resistant fat that is hanging on around their waistline. It is also useful when the muscles do not respond to exercise regimens, failing to tighten. For anyone who is frustrated by their inability to have a trim stomach, abdominoplasty could help.

What Happens During Abdominoplasty?

The details of each procedure vary from patient to patient, since each person is unique. However, during a typical abdominoplasty procedure, the plastic surgeon removes any skin that is in excess. The surgeon can also remove excess fat and then tighten the muscles of the stomach. The end result is a flat stomach. Love handles or pockets of fat on the belly are eliminated.

Who is a Good Candidate?

As with any type of surgery, it is advised that patients are in good health without any underlying conditions that could put them at risk. Non-smokers are less at risk as compared to smokers.

Abdominoplasty is not a magic fix for weight loss and is intended for patients who have reached their goal weight. It is a helpful procedure for women who have been unable to get back to their pre-baby figures after pregnancy, especially if they have had more than one baby over the years.

For those who have lost a great deal of weight, abdominoplasty is a great solution for excess skin that tends to droop after those extra pounds have been shed. This procedure could also be the answer for those who exercise and diet regularly, but still can’t get the results that they want so badly.

It’s important to have realistic expectations about the outcome. Patients must continue to eat a healthy diet and get regular exercise in order to maintain their results.

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