How to know if it's time for a tummy tuck

You've dieted. You've exercised. You've sweated buckets and are still at a standstill in your quest...

You've dieted. You've exercised. You've sweated buckets and are still at a standstill in your quest for good health. What's to be done? If you feel you're at the end of your rope and you've exhausted your options, fear not! A tummy tuck may be the right choice for you. Here are a few tips to help you decide:

  • The abdominoplasty, the offical name for the procedure, is usually performed by making a hip to hip incision just above the pubic area. The navel is also usually detached at this time as well. Your surgeon will then reshape your abdominal muscles and tighten them with sutures. Liposuction may be used to remove excess fatty deposits and to refine the abdominal area.
  • Tummy tucks are not, strictly speaking, weight-loss procedures. That is, they are not to be used in place of dieting and exercise. The surgery was designed for those people who have excess skin around their abdomen as a result of pregnancy, previous drastic weight-loss, extreme weight fluctuations or skin inelasticity due to old age.

  • If you decide that the abdominoplasty sounds like a viable option for you, there are several types to choose from, including a complete abdominoplasty, a partial abdominoplasty, an extended abdominoplasty, the floating abdominoplasty and the circumferential abdominoplasty. The invasiveness of each procedure varies, so please consult your physician and have him or her help decide which is right for you.
  • Most operations are conducted with either a general anesthetic or a combination of intravenous sedation and a local anesthetic.
  • Some of the risks associated with the procedure include blood clots, tissue loss and allergic reactions to anesthesia. Again, please consult your primary care physician before making a final decision.

There are a number of reasons why a tummy tuck may be right for you. Take a moment to explore Kudzu to find a Atlanta-area surgeon who offers the procedure.

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