The only difference between a tummy tuck and abdominoplasty surgery is the name. The procedure is one in the same. Many women refer to this procedure as a tummy tuck. But most surgeons call this procedure by its medical name, which is abdominoplasty.
What is abdominoplasty surgery? Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure that removes excess abdominal skin and fat. Abdominoplasty surgery can also restore weakened muscles and help create a smoother, firmer profile of the abdomen.
Abdominoplasty has the ability to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, but it cannot eliminate them completely. This is because only the stretch marks on the flap of skin that is excised from the abdomen will be removed. So if there are other stretch marks outside of the skin that gets excised, they will still be present after the surgery. Why Abdominoplasty is Sometimes the Only Option There are a lot of people who feel having a flat stomach makes them look more attractive. But sometimes diet and exercise is not able to create a flat stomach. This is because there are things in our lives that can cause the skin in the stomach region to stretch and hang.
The most common causes include: . Excessive weight gain . Significant weight loss . Inherited physical traits from our families . Multiple pregnancies . The aging process
Many surgeons recommend women of childbearing age to wait until they are finished having children before undergoing abdominoplasty surgery. People who are overweight are also encouraged to achieve their ideal weight before having the procedure. This is because pregnancy and weight gain can diminish the tummy flattening benefits that abdominal surgery creates.
Most surgeons will not perform the procedure on patients who are not already at or within a few pounds of their ideal weight.
Am I a good candidate for abdominoplasty surgery? Whether or not you are a good candidate for undergoing abdominoplasty depends on several factors. Because abdominoplasty surgery involves making a drastic change to your body, it’s important you’re your choice to undergo the procedure is based on what you want for yourself, not someone else in your life.
Other important factors that determine who make the best candidates include: . Ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle and stable weight. . The ability to stop smoking if the patient smokes. . The patient’s desires results, which should be realistic. . The patient is bothered by their loose folds of hanging skin and abdominal fat.
Now that you know that a tummy tuck and abdominoplasty surgery are one in the same, it will be up to you and your surgeon to decide if it’s the right surgery for you.
Sue Woodall is the Patient Advisor at Dundrum Medical Cosmetic Clinic in Dundrum, Dublin in Ireland. If you want to know more about liposuction, download a free copy of a comprehensive report called ‘The Facts About Liposuction and What You Need to Know’ from http://www.freeliposuctionreport.com