A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure that is designed to restore youthful contour to the abdominal area, resulting in a smoother and flatter stomach. It must be emphasized, however, that a tummy tuck is not a weight loss method. Rather, abdominoplasty can be an effective way to refine the shape of the midsection when the results of diet and exercise fall short of meeting a patient’s aesthetic goals. Dr. Daniel Greenwald of Bayshore Plastic Surgery performs this and other cosmetic procedures for patients throughout the Tampa, FL, area.
Dr. Greenwald is sometimes asked whether it is possible to achieve comparable results – specifically, a sleek and toned midsection – through liposuction, which is a less invasive procedure than a tummy tuck. For certain patients, liposuction can be a good option for removing isolated pockets of stubborn fat. However, for liposuction to be effective, the area of the body treated must have a certain degree of skin tightness and elasticity. Consequently, liposuction is not always appropriate for treating the abdominal area, in which the skin frequently loosens over time due to:
- Weight fluctuations
- The effects of the natural aging process
As explained by Dr. Greenwald, if abdominal fat is removed through liposuction but loose belly skin is not addressed, the skin will not retract properly – instead, it will simply hang. Designed specifically to attend to these concerns, abdominoplasty can not only eliminate fatty tissue from a patient’s midsection, but also can tighten abdominal muscles and remove lax skin. Thus, for patients with loose belly skin, a tummy tuck is often the recommended approach. Even so, a patient must commit to maintaining the results with a stable diet and regular exercise.
Of course, every prospective tummy tuck patient is unique in many ways, including the amount of abdominal fat to be addressed, the degree of skin elasticity present in the midsection, and the overall expectations for the procedure. Therefore, for the most accurate and individualized advice, it is important to consult with an experienced and qualified surgeon.
To schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Greenwald and learn more about abdominoplasty at his clinic in Tampa, Florida, please call Bayshore Plastic Surgery at 1-888-840-3199 today. During your appointment, Dr. Greenwald can show you his tummy tuck before and after photo gallery, and also explain what you can expect during your tummy tuck recovery.