Are You a Tummy Tuck Candidate?

Are you looking to reduce your waistline or tummy? You may want to consider a tummy tuck. Austin patients often obtain one of these procedures, also referred to as an abdominoplasty, to help change some of the issues involved with the stretching of the abdominal skin and muscles as they age. Women after pregnancy can be subject to these changes, as well.

Actual weight loss through the application of exercise and diet is the best way to reduce a waistline or tummy; however, even if successful, patients may continue to have elastic skin as well as stretch marks. Or, perhaps, regardless of the strengthening of the muscles, a bulge may exist where the abdominal muscles have been separated. Women who have a C-section scar may have this condition.

The Tummy Tuck Procedure

An abdominoplasty procedure can address lax and excessive skin below the belly button, fatty deposits, and the separation of the abdominal muscles. Excess skin and stretch marks are removed through the application of an incision between the hip bones and below the waistline. The remaining abdominal skin is then tightened. The abdominal muscles are returned to their supportive position. Any excessive pockets of fat may also be removed through measured light suction. If no abdominal wall separation of skin laxity exists, liposuction may be performed exclusively to address areas of excessive fat.

Mini Tummy Tucks

The patient may also have a mini tummy tuck, also referred to as a mini-abdominoplasty. This procedure can help patients with abdominal muscle separation but minor skin laxity located below the belly button. The incision required in order to proceed with the realignment of the separated abdominal muscles is smaller. With a smaller incision, the skin may be tightened to a lesser extent, as well. The length of the scar is in direct proportion to the amount of skin that may be tightened. The scars are positioned in an inconspicuous, low area.

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