Many men and women wish to look their best physically. The Tummy Tuck is a procedure that tightens the abdominal muscles and removes excess fat and skin. It can be very effective. There are a variety of reasons why a tummy tuck can be desired. Let’s take a look at the benefits of a tummy tuck as well as the different types of procedures plastic surgeons in Chicago use to create a more narrower and better looking abdomen.
A tummy tuck is a procedure that creates a contoured shape to the abdomen and stubborn skin that sometimes cannot be had with diet or exercise. Women that have been pregnant multiple times or pregnant with multiple babies at once, may have excess skin and fat after they give birth. The excess skin and fat is unwanted, and they may wish to get their pre-baby body back by opting for a tummy tuck. Even very strict exercise and dieting may not completely eliminate the excess skin or abdominal fat.
There are two different types of tummy tuck procedures that can be performed at R.A.M. Plastic Surgery.
Types: Full Tummy Tuck and Partial Tummy Tuck
The two types of tummy tuck procedures include: full tummy tuck and partial tummy tuck (sometimes called a “mini tummy tuck”). A full tummy tuck is more extensive than the partial tummy tuck. The full tummy tuck procedure includes an incision that is very low on the abdomen, so that a bikini can still be worn. It is a horizontal incision that spans the length of the abdomen.
The full tummy tuck removes the excess skin and fat. During the procedure, the abdominal wall muscles are also tightened and the belly button may be repositioned to a more flattering position. A partial tummy tuck focuses on only removing excess skin and fat below the belly button. It is not as extensive as a full tummy tuck, but can be a better option for some patients. Often, many patients have stubborn flank fat that is hard to get rid of. These patients will benefit from adding liposuction to the tummy tuck procedure to create a more slender abdomen. The surgeon will discuss his recommendations with you during the consultation.
The ideal candidate for this procedure is one that does not have any co-morbid conditions. Diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity can result in increased complications. Therefore, before undergoing surgery the appropriate medical evaluations must be performed so that complications are minimized.
Cigarette smoking can result in the inability for incisions and wounds to heal and is a big “no-no”. Therefore, if a patient is a smoker he or she must be made aware of the associated risks. The physician will provide the patient with the appropriate education on the risks and benefits of the procedure. The procedure cannot be done on any current smokers because the wound healing issues are too great and lead to sub-optimal results.
Wrap It Up
A tummy tuck can offer a person the body he or she always wanted. Tummy tucks create a slender, contoured and attractive abdomen. These results can help boost an individual’s self-esteem while giving back mothers their pre-baby bodies. With every procedure, there are associated risks; however, it is up to the patient and the physician to determine if the benefits outweigh the risks. A tummy tuck offers great benefit to those who wish to get their younger bodies back.
RAM Plastic Surgery offers top tummy tuck procedures with a highly trained Chicago plastic surgeon. Contact us today to find out options available for you and make sure to check out our special offers!