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Considering a Tummy Tuck?Choosing Plastic Surgery

Abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that can help you tighten abdominal muscles and remove loose skin and fat, getting you well on your way to enjoying a flatter, more sculpted stomach. There are many reasons why tummy tuck patients from Phoenix and Scottsdale are ready to improve their abdominal appearance.

Receive a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Cohen, Dr. Sigalove, or Dr. Olson to learn more about tummy tuck. Our facility is conveniently located for women and men living in Tempe, Paradise Valley and other areas of Greater Phoenix, AZ.

Considering a Tummy Tuck?

The abdominal wall (which contains the abdominal muscles) can become stretched out during pregnancy or as a result of significant weight gain. If the elastic tissue of the abdominal wall is stretched too much, or too many times, it will not “snap back” to its original position. It is similar to an old rubber band, which is loose and no longer works well. This weakened abdominal wall provides less support and allows the internal organs to bulge out, giving the belly a fuller appearance. This problem is particularly common in women who have had multiple pregnancies.

Other tummy tuck patients have excess skin of the abdominal area, usually after significant weight gain and then weight loss. In this case, the skin itself (as opposed to the abdominal wall) becomes loose and stretched out. If a person loses more weight, the skin often sags to an even greater degree.

The stretching of the abdominal wall and skin can occur individually or in combination, and will not improve with exercise or sit-ups. Luckily, for patients with these problems, we are able to flatten and tighten their midsections with a tummy tuck.

Choosing Plastic Surgery

As with all surgeries, our plastic surgeons, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, draw on their knowledge to specifically customize the technique they use for each person to address each of their issues. For mild sagging of the lower abdominal skin, a mini-abdominoplasty often will be enough to remove the excess skin and smooth and flatten the abdomen. With more significant excess skin, we perform a greater degree of skin tailoring. Frequently, the abdominal wall needs tightening as well. In these cases, your surgeon will create an “internal corset” that tightens the abdominal wall and narrows the contour of the waist. After the internal corset is finished, the excess skin is tailored to fit snugly against the flatter, narrower abdominal wall.

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If you are interested in learning more about what to expect during the recovery process following a tummy tuck, we encourage you to read cosmetic surgery FAQs about post-operative issues such as care for incisions, time away from work, and ability to engage in exercise and other activities.

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