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Excess skin is common after weight loss, most notably among those individuals who lose weight rapidly. Add other factors like age, pregnancy, or genetics that result in stretched skin, separated abdominal muscles, and unresponsive fat deposits, and you will understand why many people consider a tummy tuck.
A study by the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® indicated that patients undergoing tummy tuck surgery experience significant improvements in self-esteem and quality of life. According to the research, 98 percent of patients undergoing liposuction and abdominoplasty said they would undergo the procedure again.
Tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) is a medical procedure that eliminates excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen and tightens the underlying muscles. This is a common body contouring procedure after massive weight loss and can even be performed on a slightly overweight person with extra stubborn abdominal fat that needs to be removed.
It is important to understand, however, that this is not a weight-loss surgery. Candidates will need to be near their goal weight and able to maintain that weight.
How Does Abdominoplasty Improve Quality of Life?
Having hanging or sagging skin around the stomach can cause insecurity and negatively impact daily life. The obvious benefit of a tummy tuck procedure is a flatter stomach. With the extra skin and inches of fat removed from the abdominal region, you will feel more comfortable and relieve the discomfort and physical effects of the excess flab.
Your confidence levels increase significantly with a smoother, firmer, and more toned abdominal contour. Besides the cosmetic benefits, you can get rid of the skin that is holding you back from enjoying a healthier lifestyle with an enhanced range of movement.
A tummy tuck is obviously not a substitute for natural weight loss or a healthy lifestyle. Since each patient is unique, results will differ between individuals, It is important to have realistic expectations.
To keep enjoying all of these benefits, you should maintain a healthy lifestyle after the tummy tuck procedure.
How Is the Tummy Tuck Procedure Performed?
During the procedure, Dr. Bridges will make an incision between the hip bones just above the pubic area to remove the excess tissue. In some cases, the abdominal muscles are repaired. Excess skin is then trimmed.
There are different types of tummy tuck procedures. These include:
- Fully tummy tuck (traditional method)
- Extended tummy tuck
- Mini tummy tuck
Like any procedure, a tummy tuck carries its own set of risks and complications, mainly due to wound healing problems and fluid collections. Dr. Bridges will review all of these complications with you during your consultation.
Look and Feel Your Best with Abdominoplasty
If you would like to schedule a consultation at our office in Shreveport, Louisiana, contact us by calling (318) 219-8555 or by filling out our online contact form. Dr. Bridges will take the time to understand your unique goals and tailor an approach that best fits your needs.