Tummy Tuck 101 – What is it and is it right for you?

If you’ve recently undergone dramatic weight loss or had a baby and can’t seem to get rid of the excess fat or skin around your abdomen then you may be interested in undergoing a tummy tuck procedure. A tummy tuck removes the excess fat and skin and leaves you looking and feeling better about yourself. There are lots of options when it comes to finding a good tummy tuck surgeon in the Greater New Jersey area. The highly-skilled surgeons at The Peer Group have performed numerous tummy tuck procedures and patients have been incredibly pleased with their new, slimmer physiques.

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure used to remove excess fat and skin from the abdominal area. It is a surgery that is often sought after weight loss or pregnancy, or in many cases, to tighten the abdomen due to the natural aging process. There are a number of tummy tuck methods to consider, but in almost all cases, an incision is made in the lower abdominal area where the excess fat and skin can be removed. Depending on the extent of the tummy tuck, liposuction may be used. The underlying abdominal muscles are then tightened to create a tighter, flatter, more toned look. Depending on which tummy tuck method is best for you, your belly button may also be repositioned so that the results look natural and proportionate.

Which tummy tuck method is right for me?

Full tummy tuck

A full tummy tuck is also known as a traditional tummy tuck. This procedure is good for men and women that have a moderate amount of excess fat in their midsections. A full tummy tuck is also a popular choice for women who are undergoing mommy makeovers. During the procedure, an incision is made well below the belly button and can easily be concealed by undergarments and bathing suit bottoms. Liposuction is used to remove as much excess fat as possible.

Mini tummy tuck

If you consider yourself to be in relatively good shape, but just struggle with a little loose, extra skin then a mini tummy tuck may be a better option for you. A mini tummy tuck, also known as a Brazilian tummy tuck, focuses on loose skin, whereas a full tummy tuck focuses on loose skin and stretched muscles. This procedure is not as extensive as a full tummy tuck as a smaller incision is made along the lower abdomen and liposuction is performed to remove the excess fat. The remaining skin is pulled tight and there is no need to reposition the belly button.

Extended tummy tuck

An extended tummy tuck is reserved for patients who have large amounts of excess fat and skin that need to be removed following a major weight loss. This procedure usually requires a longer incision. This procedure is much more extensive and includes liposuction, tightening of muscles, and repositioning of the belly button.

What are the benefits?

The benefits of a tummy tuck can be life-changing for New Jersey men and women. Excess fat and sagging skin can affect more than just your confidence. A tummy tuck procedure allows you to be comfortable in your own skin and feel better about wearing certain clothing. Not only will you feel better, you’ll be able to enjoy normal everyday activities without the excess fat and skin weighing you down.

How do I maintain my new look?

A tummy tuck procedure doesn’t provide a free pass against weight gain. You’ll want to maintain your weight and continue with a healthy diet and lifestyle in order to make the most out of your procedure. Eating a balanced diet is important and exercising regularly will help keep the weight off. Most of our New Jersey area men and women who have undergone tummy tuck procedures tell us that the surgery gave them more motivation to work harder at maintaining their diet and incorporating new workouts to optimize their results even further.

Am I a good candidate?

A good candidate for any type of tummy tuck procedure is usually someone who has excess fat or skin due to weight loss or aging. Women who have experienced childbirth are also good candidates for this procedure as they tend to have loose skin following pregnancy and extra weight around their waists. Stretch marks can also be a concern that can be helped with a tummy tuck. Diet and exercise sometimes are not enough to give you the toned tummy you desire. A tummy tuck procedure can help you reach your aesthetic goals and have a flat, more contoured abdomen.

What to ask during your consultation

Contact our New Jersey plastic surgery office today and schedule a consultation with one of the four highly-skilled board-certified plastic surgeons at The Peer Group to learn more. You’ll be able to meet with your surgeon and discuss a tummy tuck procedure, potential risks, and tips for recovery. Your surgeon will also perform a physical examination to determine which tummy tuck method will provide the best results.

You don’t have to live with excess fat or the insecurities that come with that stubborn pooch or loose, stretched-out skin in your abdomen. If you’re ready to make a change and start the journey towards a slimmer, tighter abdomen, then give The Peer Group in Florham Park, New Jersey a call today!

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