A flat firm abdomen: Everyone wants one, but few women over 30 actually have one. As we age, the body preferentially stores fat in the lower abdomen and hips. Pregnancy causes the abdominal wall and the abdominal skin to stretch to a point where it can’t shrink back as tight as it was before pregnancy. After pregnancy, there are often unsightly stretch marks or a visible C-section scar. Diet and exercise cannot fix these changes; however, the tummy tuck procedure can remove the lower abdominal fat, remove all of the lower abdominal stretch marks, tighten the stretched out abdominal wall, and revise the C-section scar if present. The scar can usually be hidden in the underwear or bikini line.
An ideal candidate for abdominoplasty:
- Is physically healthy and at a stable weight
- Is bothered by the appearance of their abdomen
- Has realistic expectations
- A non-smoker
What is Abdominoplasty?
One of the most satisfying procedures in all of plastic surgery, abdominoplasty (also known as a tummy tuck) is a surgical procedure performed on the abdomen. The procedure removes excess fat and skin, and in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles, making the abdominal profile smoother and firmer.
Candidates for Abdominoplasty
If you have been unsuccessful in flattening and toning your abdomen with diet and exercise, or you have an otherwise normal weight and proportion except for a sagging abdomen, you may be a candidate for a tummy tuck. The best results are often seen when the tummy tuck procedure is combined with either a breast enhancement procedure or liposuction of the hips and thighs.
Make sure your surgeon is qualified, is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons, and can provide excellent before and after photos of their own work. As a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Chang provides quality cosmetic surgery services to his patients.