Is A Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty,
is a common term for the surgical procedure to correct a protruding
or loose, sagging abdomen. Areas to be treated may include the
center of the abdomen or may extend to the entire area between
the lower rip cage and pubic bone, as well as the sides and back.
Abdominal contouring can be performed using a variety of techniques.
When localized fat is the cause, abdominal contour surgery may
be performed using only liposuction techniques. When excess fat
is combined with loose, sagging skin and tissue, a tummy tuck removes
unwanted fat, tissue and skin by excision. Abdominal muscles that
have weakened or separated, a condition called diastasis, can also
be corrected with a tummy tuck.
A tummy tuck is not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate
exercise program. Although the results of a tummy tuck are technically
permanent, the positive outcome can be greatly diminished by significant
fluctuations in weight. For this reason, individuals who are planning
substantial weight loss or women who may be considering future
pregnancies may be advised to postpone a tummy tuck.
Tummy tuck is best performed on adults
of any age who are in good health, are close to the ideal weight
for their body type and size, are moderately fit and, overall,
have good muscle tone. Good candidates are:
- Healthy individuals who do not have life-threatening
illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
- Individuals with a positive outlook and specific
goals in mind for body contouring
A consultation with Dr. Novotny is the first step
to learn how abdominal contour surgery or a tummy tuck can improve
your body image and abdominal contour. A consultation is designed
to fully educate you about tummy tuck in a non-pressured environment,
and will include:
- A discussion of your goals and an evaluation
of your individual case
- The options available in tummy tuck surgery
- The likely outcomes of tummy tuck and any
risks or potential complications
- The course of treatment recommended by Dr.
- Dr. Novotny will also answer any of your questions