A flat stomach is essential for a physically-fit appearance. In many instances, despite regular exercise and proper diet, the desired abdominal shape cannot be attained. Some abdominal fat distributions, loose abdominal skin, and weaknesses in the abdominal wall musculature will not be treated with traditional weight loss techniques. If you are bothered by the appearance of your abdomen, you may be a candidate for an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) surgery.
Abdominoplasty is a cosmetic procedure designed to remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen and also provide access to tighten and reshape the abdominal wall architecture to produce a slimmer-looking appearance. Men and women seeking to improve the shape and contour of their abdomen, who have excess skin with stretch marks and have a loose abdominal wall are not candidates for liposuction alone to achieve the desired results. However, the tool of liposuction is used during tummy tuck surgery to provide added contour enhancement.
Patients who have poor skin quality with stretch marks or who have had significant weight loss with loose skin hanging from the abdomen, buttocks and thighs may require an extended procedure called a Body Lift. This is a technique of removing excess skin from around the torso and, at the same time, lifting the skin of the lower body to a normal level, improving the hips and thighs and lower back shape and contours. This is often the technique performed on patients following significant weight loss.