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Dr. George H. Sanders

Female model in black lingerie for tummy tuck. If you are considering a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), you’re not alone. It is among the most common cosmetic surgery procedures among both men and women, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. If you find yourself frustrated with the appearance and feel of your abdomen, a tummy tuck may be an ideal solution. Here are six imperfections a  tummy tuck can address.

How Do Tummy Tucks Work?

Tummy Tucks are performed under deep sedation anesthesia in our office, and, depending on each individual client, will involve different surgical techniques to achieve a firmer, and more toned abdomen. As Dr. Sanders explains, there are different techniques for tummy tucks, each with unique benefits and downsides. However, while it may not be the best solution for everyone, there are six common abdominal issues a tummy tuck can resolve.

Loose Skin

Rapid weight loss and pregnancy are two common examples of how loose or sagging skin appears on the stomach. A tummy tuck procedure allows Dr. Sanders to remove excess skin and tighten the remaining abdominal skin to create a smoother appearance. 

Diastasis recti (Separated Abdominal Muscles)

Generally associated with pregnancy or weight loss, diastasis recti is a condition that can affect both men and women, despite being commonly associated with pregnancy. It is a separation of the abdominal muscles that causes a protruding stomach as well as weakened core strength, poor posture, back pain, and more.

A tummy tuck procedure allows the surgeon to repair the damaged muscles – sometimes also removing excess fat in the area – by pulling them together to the midline using sutures. The result is a smoother, more toned appearance.

Stretch Marks

Stretch marks occur when the collagen and elastin fibers under the skin break or tear, usually due to weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and unusually fast growth spurts. They can be embarrassing and frustrating because, while some topical or other treatments may help diminish their appearance, they don’t go away entirely. A tummy tuck is an ideal option for removing excess skin and tightening the abdominal skin to remove unwanted stretch marks in the lower part of the abdomen.

Excess Fat

Diet and exercise may not be enough for some individuals with stubborn belly fat. A tummy tuck is a great way to get the toned, strong, and smooth abdomen you seek by reducing the excess fat in your midsection.

Enhance Belly Button Appearance

Whether caused by weight fluctuations, pregnancy, genetics, or something else, if you’re not satisfied with the appearance of your navel, a tummy tuck may improve it by reducing its diameter and tightening the loose skin around it.  

Increase Self-Esteem

As with any health and beauty treatment, we all strive to look and feel our best. When we are unsatisfied with the appearance of our abdomens, our self-esteem suffers, and we may not feel comfortable in certain environments or wearing certain clothes. As we age, our skin, bodies, and appearances naturally change, and it can be difficult to maintain a positive self-image when it seems like nothing else works.

However, a tummy tuck is one way to significantly improve your abdominal appearance and resolve many stomach issues that cause distress. This way, you can feel more confident and enjoy a firmer, more attractive tummy.

Is a Tummy Tuck Right for You?

While a tummy tuck addresses these six concerns, there are other issues a tummy tuck might be able to address as well. The best way to understand if a tummy tuck is the right option in your individual case is to speak with a board-certified surgeon to discuss your options. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Sanders to discuss your options and find out the best treatment for you.