What is Tummy Tuck?

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A tummy tuck, medically known as abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure aimed at removing excess fat and skin from the abdominal area and tightening the abdominal muscles. This procedure is typically sought by individuals who have undergone significant weight loss, pregnancy, or aging and are left with loose, sagging abdominal skin and weakened abdominal muscles that do not respond well to diet and exercise.

During a tummy tuck procedure, the surgeon makes an incision typically across the lower abdomen, from hip to hip, although the exact placement may vary depending on the extent of correction needed. Through this incision, the surgeon removes excess skin and fat, tightens the underlying abdominal muscles, and may reposition the belly button to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing contour. The remaining skin is then re-draped and sutured into place, resulting in a smoother, firmer abdominal profile.

Tummy tucks can vary in complexity, ranging from mini tummy tucks, which target the lower abdomen, to full tummy tucks that address both the upper and lower abdomen. Recovery time can also vary depending on the extent of the procedure, but patients typically need to avoid strenuous activities for several weeks and follow their surgeon’s post-operative instructions carefully to ensure optimal healing and results.

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