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A “tummy tuck” is a procedure designed to tighten the skin and smooth the contours of the abdomen. While most patients who receive a tummy tuck look somewhat thinner, it is not designed to make a heavy person suddenly look thin.

Realistic expectations are important when considering cosmetic surgery. The professionals at the Sadrian Plastic Surgery Center in San Diego are here to help you understand the realities of plastic surgery and what kind of results you can expect from any given procedure.

What Is A Tummy Tuck?

The abdomen is one area that most people want to improve, particularly as they age. Natural aging can cause some sagging skin, as well as normal weight gain as the metabolism slows down. Therefore, most people develop something of a “paunch” around and below the belly button.

The term “tummy tuck” refers to abdominoplasty, a procedure that removes excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen. The surgeon then tightens the muscles and fascia of the abdominal wall to make the tummy firmer and more pleasingly contoured.

The tummy tuck is very useful when exercise and diet have failed to tighten the abdominal muscles. However, a tummy tuck is not really designed to make you look “thinner.” Rather, the tummy tuck improves the muscle profile of the abdomen, which in turn can have the effect of making you look more fit and toned. However, the results are not going to appear as if you have suddenly lost 50 pounds. That can only come through diet and exercise.

Are There Alternatives To The Tummy Tuck?

A patient with fairly good muscle tone in the abdomen but stubborn, clinging fat may choose liposuction instead of a tummy tuck. Liposuction offers the benefit of removing excess fat without affecting the surrounding muscles or skin and is appropriate for some patients for whom a tummy tuck would not be effective. Sometimes liposuction and tummy tucks are performed together as part of an overall body contouring plan.

Dr. Sadrian and his team of professionals at the Sadrian Plastic Surgery Center in San Diego are here to help you make the decision about your own plastic surgery needs. Dr. Sadrian can explain the tummy tuck and help you decide if it is the right procedure for you as well as give you other alternatives that may work for you as well.


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