What is a Tummy Tuck?
An abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is the surgical removal of an ellipse of skin and fat tissue in the lower abdominal area. The amount of tissue removed will depend on your unique situation. A partial or mini abdominoplasty usually involves tissue below the umbilicus, has a shorter incision, and does not require repositioning the umbilicus. Whereas, a complete abdominoplasty involves a longer incision, a larger amount of tissue being removed, repositioning of the umbilicus, and, frequently for women, the repair of muscle diastasis (separation) from pregnancy. The benefits of this latter repair has been praised by many women as being very beneficial. Occasionally lower back pain is improved by tightening the anterior abdominal wall. This may reduce the stress on the lower back.
Am I candidate to get a Tummy Tuck?
If you are unable to get rid of that extra bulge in your abdomen with exercise and dieting, then you may be a candidate for a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty. Unwanted abdominal tissue may be the result of a pregnancy, weight loss or decreased hormones in normal aging. Ideally, the best patients (men or women) for this procedure are healthy, non-smokers, have a stable weight after weight loss, and are not using a tummy tuck as a means of losing weight. If you plan to have more pregnancies or are still losing weigh, this is not the ideal time for you to have a tummy tuck.
A consultation with Dr. Hobbs will accurately determine your needs and what is possible in your situation. Call for your appointment today. 864-641-1491. You will be glad you did!