We want you to feel good about yourself. Our experienced surgeons will recommend the best options to get the results you want. It is important for you to feel cared for and be comfortable before having a procedure.
A tummy tuck, also known as abdominal contouring or abdominoplasty, is done to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall and remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen. This can change the appearance of a protruding abdomen but will leave a permanent scar.
There are different reasons to have a tummy tuck. Some common reasons include:
- To reduce fat deposits in the abdomen
- To remove loose abdominal skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise
- To tighten abdominal muscles and skin that may have been stretched due to pregnancy, also known as diastases
Weight loss or future pregnancy
If you intend to lose a lot of weight, you should wait until the weight is lost to have a tummy tuck. In addition, if you have had previous bariatric surgery, the tummy tuck surgery may be more difficult and provide less reliable results. The length of your recovery may also be longer.
You should wait to have a tummy tuck if you plan to be pregnant again. Vertical muscles in the abdomen are tightened during a tummy tuck and they will separate again during a pregnancy.
The scar from a tummy tuck will be permanent but will follow natural lines and fade with time. Depending on the extent of your tummy tuck, the scar could go from hip to hip. Scars could be unusually prominent if you have scarring from previous abdominal surgery.
Location of fat deposits
The location of your fat deposits is important to determine the type of procedure that is best for you. If fat deposits are below your navel, a mini-tummy tuck or partial abdominoplasty may work for you. This procedure is less complex than a full tummy tuck. If fat deposits are also located on your hips, liposuction alone or in conjunction with a tummy tuck may offer the best body contour.
Skin tone or elasticity
A tummy tuck will not change the elasticity of your skin. Tissue that has lost its elasticity may tend to re-stretch slightly even after being made tighter with a tummy tuck.
Each tummy tuck surgery is based on an individual’s body and goals. We would be happy to schedule a consultation to answer any questions you may have and provide our recommendation on what we think is best for your situation. You will be well taken care of at HealthPartners Plastic Surgery. We are confident you will be pleased with the results.