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Age, heredity, pregnancy, prior surgery and significant weight change can all cause you to develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging. But when eating a healthy diet, exercising and controlling your weight don’t help you achieve that flat stomach, a tummy tuck may help.
What’s a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a cosmetic surgery that removes extra fat and skin to improve the appearance of your abdomen. Weakened or separated muscles are often tightened during the procedure as well to make your abdomen look firmer and smoother.
Tummy tuck results are usually long lasting if you maintain a stable weight. If you’re planning to lose a lot of weight or get pregnant, you might consider postponing your tummy tuck. It’s important to note a tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an exercise program.
And there are some things a tummy tuck can’t do — like get rid of stretch marks. However, it’s possible that stretch marks may be improved if they’re located where the extra skin will be removed during a tummy tuck.
A tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia and usually takes two to five hours depending on the extent of the surgery.
Like a tummy tuck, a mini-tummy tuck also improves the look and shape of your abdomen.
What’s a Mini-Tummy Tuck?
A mini-tummy tuck is less-extensive than a full tummy tuck. This cosmetic surgery tightens and flattens the area below the belly button. A mini tummy tuck does not reposition the navel or remove extra skin in your upper abdominal area.
You may be a candidate for a mini-tummy tuck if you have fat under your belly button. In a mini-tummy tuck, your surgeon makes one incision above your pubic area tightening loose muscles and removing fat and excess skin during the procedure. The scar from a mini-tummy tuck becomes a small, thin, horizontal line.
Mini-tummy tuck results are usually long lasting if you maintain a stable weight. If you’re planning to lose a lot of weight or get pregnant, you might consider postponing your mini-tummy tuck. It’s important to note a mini-tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an exercise program.
A mini-tummy tuck is performed under general anesthesia and usually takes two to three hours.
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