It takes a lot of dieting and dedicated exercise to lose stubborn excess weight around the stomach. For some individuals, especially those who may have recently lost a lot of weight, intense ab workouts aren’t always enough to tighten loose skin around the stomach. Many people who lose a significant amount of weight often turn to tummy tucks when ab workouts aren’t giving them the body they want.
What is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, formally known as an abdominoplasty, involves the surgical removal of excess abdominal skin, reducing fat while tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall. Abdominoplasty is often performed when concentrated exercises designed to tighten the abdominals aren’t enough to tighten the muscles in the stomach or eliminate excess skin from weight loss or pregnancy.
During the surgical procedure, a plastic surgeon makes a horizontal incision just above the pubic area, or above the navel when a patient has loose skin, to ensure the excess skin can be pulled down. The plastic surgeon tightens underlying abdominal muscles using sutures. Liposuction may be used in conjunction to remove excess abdominal fat depending on the patient’s existing body fat.
Tummy tucks yield several benefits, including:
- High success rates
- Firmer, flatter abdomen for years to come
- Relatively short recovery time (about three weeks, depending on the individual)
Tummy tucks aren’t recommended as a weight loss solution. The effects of a tummy tuck can diminish over time with fluctuations in weight or future pregnancies. It’s recommended people who get a tummy tuck resume their workout regimens once healing has finished and for women to postpone the procedure if they are considering having more children in the future to maximize the effect of the procedure.
Get a Firmer, Flatter Stomach from Michael Workman, MD
Contouring your body has never been easier with Michael Workman, MD’s tummy tuck expertise. Dr. Michael Workman is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has performed thousands of successful plastic surgeries over his more than 20-year career, including many tummy tucks in the Portland and Vancouver area.
Dr. Workman has extensive experience in abdominoplasty, tightening patients’ abdominal walls in addition to removing excess tissue and fat, creating a lean, flat appearance of the stomach. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia, ensuring the patient feels no pain. Dr. Workman makes sure to use liposuction before closing the incision to remove all excess fat and maximize the toned appearance of the abdomen.
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