Tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty) is used to remove excess skin from the belly while toning the hips and improving the overall appearance of the abdominal region. In the process, tummy tuck surgery can eliminate stretch marks, though this is a secondary benefit, not one of the goals of abdominoplasty.
During tummy tuck surgery, loose and sagging skin, along with stubborn fat deposits are removed from the midsection. This helps to produce a firmer, more toned, and generally more appealing look to the belly. Depending on the type of tummy tuck, separated abdominal muscles may also be reconnected during surgery. This serves the dual benefit of drawing the waist in while addressing diastasis recti, an issue common after multiple pregnancies that can increase the risk of epigastric hernia.
Is Liposuction a Part of Abdominoplasty?
Liposuction is often included in tummy tuck surgery. It is through liposuction that pockets of fat that have proven resistant to diet and exercise can most effectively be removed.
It may be possible to have liposuction performed on multiple areas during the same procedure. This is common during mommy makeover surgery where areas such as the thighs, buttocks, and mid-back are often treated at the same time as the belly. The best way to learn if treating more than one area will be useful for reaching your goals is through a one-on-one consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon.
Are You a Good Candidate?
The best candidates for liposuction and tummy tuck surgery are:
- Generally healthy
- Aware of both benefits and risks
- Able to take time to recover
- Willing to follow all pre and postoperative directions
- Realistic in expectations and goals
Tummy tuck and liposuction will both result in some scarring. At Beauty by Brueck, every care is taken to hide scars and reduce their extent. The care you take of your body before and after surgery will play a role in this. We will discuss what you can expect during recovery and following your procedure in greater detail during your consultation to help ensure you are fully prepared.
Please call Beauty by Brueck at 239-939-5233 to schedule your initial consultation at our Ft. Myers, Cape Coral, or Punta Gorda office today.