4 Factors that Add Up to Great Tummy Tuck Results

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A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, can be an excellent procedure for men and women alike that slims down the abdomen and creates a fitter looking midsection after pregnancy or weight loss. Many women find that a tummy tuck helps them regain their pre-pregnancy figure and a more youthful shape, with a smoother, firmer abdomen that is ready for bikini season. Men, too, are increasingly getting tummy tucks as a way to improve their midsection, showcase their abs and eliminate excess skin after weight loss.

Your tummy tuck will be customized to your needs and goals for the most natural look. However, it’s still important to understand which factors lead to the best tummy tuck results.

1. Being a Good Candidate
The best candidates, and those who will see the most natural looking outcome, are men and women who are at or near their goal weight. Many abdominoplasty candidates have lost significant amounts of weight through lifestyle changes or bariatric surgery. If you’re still a few pounds away from your goal weight, a tummy tuck can help remove any stubborn remaining fat that may not respond to diet and exercise. While a tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure, the sleeker contours created by your tummy tuck can provide the motivation to keep the weight off.

Women who have had children are also good candidates for abdominoplasty. During pregnancy, a woman’s muscles and skin stretch to accommodate the baby but may not go back to their original shape. A tummy tuck can tighten the skin and abdominal muscles and help restore them to their pre-pregnancy state. This procedure can also help mothers lose any lingering pregnancy fat for a slimmer look.

Finally, the best candidates for any cosmetic surgery should be nonsmokers with realistic expectations about their results.

2. Removing Loose Skin
Loose folds of skin can prevent your clothes from fitting comfortably, contribute to skin rashes and other irritations, and hide the real shape of your body underneath. During your tummy tuck, your plastic surgeon will remove lax, sagging skin throughout the upper and lower part of your abdomen to give your stomach a tauter look and feel. While a tummy tuck doesn’t correct stretch marks, you may notice a reduction in stretch marks after your abdominoplasty if they were located in the lower abdomen where the skin was removed.

3. Tightening Abdominal Muscles
Along with your back and glutes, your abdominal muscles make up your core muscles. A strong, solid core not only helps you look thinner, but also contributes to better posture and improved spine health. When your abdominal muscles become weak and separated, you may develop sway back or a permanent stomach paunch.

A plastic surgeon can repair and strengthen the entire abdominal wall during your tummy tuck to ensure a solid foundation. This is accomplished by stitching the muscles together at the midpoint to restore their youthful position.

4. Including Liposuction
Adding liposuction to your tummy tuck can be a great complement to the procedure by allowing for more comprehensive contouring. Liposuction can remove excess fat that contributes to unwanted bulges and rolls. While liposuction isn’t meant to remove large amounts of fat, the additional contouring can help your surgeon create the most natural looking shape for your midsection. Some people also choose to have liposuction of the love handles or back to better enhance their figures.
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Nashville Plastic Surgeon