A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure for women and men who have lost abdominal tone, typically after a pregnancy or significant weight loss. The point of a tummy tuck is to remove excess fat and skin, and where necessary to correct weak or separated abdominal muscles. The result is a flatter, tighter abdomen.
Abdominoplasty – the tummy tuck’s real name – is not a weight-loss procedure, but considered a reasonably invasive surgical intervention to recontour the abdomen when exercise, diet, and nonsurgical skin tightening and fat removal techniques haven’t or aren’t able to work their magic.
Please note that ENRICH in Melbourne does not perform tummy tucks, so once we have examined nonsurgical options and you have been evaluated, you may be referred on to another practitioner if a tummy tuck is indeed warranted. We prefer less invasive treatments, but these are not always the most effective answer.
Post-baby muscle and skin looseness
Pregnancy can really stretch things out, pulling muscles and skin apart at the seams, particularly in Caesarean deliveries or when there is more than one baby. Diet and exercise can only do so much. Whether you will benefit from a tummy tuck or not will depend on how extensive the skin and muscle laxity is.
In severe cases, you may benefit more from a tummy tuck than other treatments, but there are other options for at least the skin tightening portion. Severe muscle stretching may require surgical interventions. Radiofrequency and laser devices are now being used to great effect in skin tightening procedures, including post-baby sagging.
Many women choose to undergo skin tightening, breast augmentation and liposuction at the same time, once having babies is done.
Significant weight loss and loose skin
You’ve gone to all that trouble to lose the weight, but you can be left with overstretched skin that doesn’t fit into clothes very well and can in some cases be uncomfortable and painful at worst, distressing at best. Weight loss means you are healthier, but feeling healthy while still not enjoying your body as much as you should defeats part of the purpose of losing the weight.
We can do spot-fat removal using fat freezing or liposuction, and perform skin tightening procedures to gather it back up and, over time, put it back where it belongs. Nonsurgical treatments should be investigated first, but some cases may require a tummy tuck for best results.
General loss of abdominal tone due to age
Loss of elasticity can cause weakened muscles and loose skin, particularly in the abdominal area, which can start to sag in front of your very eyes. Age-related sagging can be greatly improved with certain nonsurgical techniques, and in severe cases, may benefit from a tummy tuck. Older people will need to consider carefully undergoing surgery, since wounds heal slower and medication/disease can interfere.
Fat storage around the middle
If you are one of those people who carries their weight around their middle, you may benefit from various fat-removal and skin tightening treatments, including liposuction. A tummy tuck is unlikely to be the best scenario for you, since the problem is fat, not necessarily loose muscle or sagging skin.
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