You can drink all the green smoothies in your fridge and run around the block as much as you want. Sometimes, no amount of dietary changes or exercise efforts will budget stubborn areas of fat on your body. Many people find that the abdomen is the most difficult part of their body to tone. Extreme weight fluctuations, the aging process, or pregnancy can really take a toll on the muscles and skin in your abdominal area. Muscles found here tend to retain excess fat, stretch, and sag.

This usually makes the tummy tuck an effective option. Medically known as the abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck can eliminate fat and excess skin around your abdomen by tightening skin and muscles. With the right tummy tuck for you, it’s time to rediscover your favorite jeans and enjoy the new body you’ve been hoping for.

The Tummy Tuck

The tummy tuck is a medical procedure that involves the removal of excess  fat and skin, along with tightening the muscles found in the abdomen area. After your procedure, your stomach will be much tighter, flatter, and more toned. Even though the tummy tuck procedure is extremely effective, it should not be considered as a weight loss procedure.

Tummy Tuck: Good Candidates

Ideal candidates for a tummy tuck are individuals who have difficulty returning the appearance of their stomach to how it looked before giving birth or gaining weight. Tummy tucks are also helpful for those who have lost an extreme amount of weight or need to remove excess skin.

Types of Tummy Tuck

Standard Tummy Tuck

A standard tummy tuck is for those who want to flatten their abdomen immediately above and under the naval. The surgery involves the placement of a horizontal incision around the naval and between the hips. Your plastic surgeon will take out excess tissue and skin and tighten the remaining muscle over your stomach. Finally, your surgeon will re-position the naval and use sutures to close the incision.

Mini Tummy Tuck

If your lower abdomen is a point of concern, a mini tummy tuck may be right for you. This type of tummy tuck focuses on removing excess skin and fat found in the lower stomach under the naval. It does not involve muscle tightening but you can easily conceal any scarring within underwear or bikini bottoms.

Extended Tummy Tuck

This type of tuck is best for excess skin on the hips. Commonly known as “love handles”, this area of excess skin involves a wider area than is typically addressed with a standard tummy tuck. This type of tuck is best for those who have lost a significant amount of weight. The extended tummy tuck may involve re-positioning the naval after the removal of excess skin and can commonly be combined with liposuction for additional body contouring on the surrounding areas.

Schedule a Consultation

The best way to get started on your tummy tuck options is through a consultation with Dr. Newman at our St. Petersburg office. We invite you to contact us by calling or filling out our online form.