The average person exploring their weight reduction options may have trouble discerning between body contouring and weight loss surgery. Admittedly, the medical terminology can be difficult for the layperson to parse, leading to misconceptions that body contouring procedures like tummy tuck (also known as abdominoplasty) result in weight loss.
Dr. Samuel Pearl and Dr. Alexander Ereso want to set the record straight: Tummy tuck is not a viable method for weight reduction. Read on as they provide a more thorough explanation.
Ideal Candidates for Tummy Tuck
Tummy tuck is a contouring procedure, designed to reshape and sculpt the abdomen by addressing issues with the skin and muscles that cannot be corrected with diet and exercise. Most tummy tuck procedures involve liposuction as an adjunctive procedure to remove small areas of unwanted fat, but fat removal is not the main focus of the procedure.
The ideal candidate for tummy tuck is not overweight. In fact, it is preferred that candidates attain their goal weight and maintain it for at least six months prior to surgery through healthy diet and exercise habits.
Tummy tuck candidates are typically bothered by loose, saggy skin on the abdomen and have damaged or separated abdominal muscles and stubborn pockets of fat.
What Tummy Tuck Achieves
- Tighten the skin: One of the primary objectives of tummy tuck is to tighten the loose, saggy skin that remains after pregnancy or significant weight fluctuation. The excess skin is excised and the remaining skin is re-draped more tightly over the abdomen.
- Restores the muscles of the abdominal wall: Another goal of tummy tuck is to repair the separation of the abdominal muscles (the rectus abdominis) that often happens during pregnancy. The muscles are restored to the most functional position, not only improving the appearance of the abdomen but also enhancing the patient’s ability to build core strength.
- Contours the abdomen with liposuction: A skilled tummy tuck surgeon doesn’t want to create a totally flat stomach lacking normal contours. Great surgeons use liposuction to gently sculpt the abdominal curves and contours, adding definition that mimics a healthy, toned abdomen. The sides of the waist can be gently narrowed to create a beautiful hourglass shape.
Thanks to the significant improvements of tummy tuck, patient satisfaction is extremely high. Patients look great and feel even better after surgery!
To meet with our plastic surgeons and discuss your tummy tuck options, please call (650) 964-6600 or email Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center today and request a consultation.