Tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, is used to restore a firm abdomen in patients by removing excess fat or skin and tightening the abdominal wall. The procedure is often done to address sagging skin that results from pregnancy or weight loss. Robert Brueck, M.D., of Associates in Cosmetic Surgery in Fort Myers, Florida, discusses the Mommy Makeover, a series of cosmetic procedures designed to restore of woman's appearance after pregnancy. Dr. Brueck explains how the mommy makeover procedure addresses post-pregnancy problems with the breast and the midsection, including stretch marks on the mother’s abdomen.
A tummy tuck is suitable for both men and women who are in good general health overall. It should not be confused with a liposuction which is the cosmetic surgery used to remove fat deposits. Although your surgeon may elect to perform liposuction as part of a tummy tuck.Women that have muscles and skin stretched by multiple pregnancies may find the procedure useful to tighten those muscles and reduce that skin. A tummy tuck is also an alternative for men or women who were obese at one point in their lives and still have excessive fat deposits or loose skin in the abdominal area.
If you're a woman who is still planning to have children, then you may want to postpone a tummy tuck until you're through bearing children. Here's why: During surgery, your vertical muscles are tightened. Future pregnancies can separate these muscles. Are you still planning to lose a lot of weight? Then you do not want to consider a tummy tuck. It’s important to note that a tummy tuck can cause prominent, permanent scarring. If this is something you don't want, you may want to reconsider. Your doctor will discuss all these options with you when you go for the consultation.