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Abdominoplasty is the medical term for a “tummy tuck,” a procedure that removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen, or belly, while restoring muscles that have become weak or separated, usually due to years of supporting excess weight. Tummy tuck surgery is often performed following significant weight loss to remove excess tissue that drapes and hangs once the underlying fat is gone. It is also a popular procedure among women whose belly area have become stretched following multiple pregnancies, and for anyone who wants to get rid of excess tissue that doesn't respond to diet and exercise.
Many times, the abdomen becomes lax and flabby after significant pressure has been exerted on the abdominal wall and muscles from the inside, either from pregnancies or from carrying a lot of extra weight in the belly region. But there are other factors that can contribute to a flabby belly, including genetics, the aging process, and previous abdominal surgery that resulted in injury to the abdominal muscles.
No; while a tummy tuck can help you get rid of excess tissue so you have a slimmer, firmer profile, if you get pregnant or gain weight again, your belly tissue can still become stretched and loose. That is why it is a good idea to wait until after you are done having children before having an abdominoplasty procedure.
No, a tummy tuck is performed strictly to enhance your appearance once most of your excess weight has been lost and when diet and exercise prove ineffective.
No, abdominoplasty typically uses a small incision that can be camouflaged by the natural creases in your belly.
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