What can be achieved with a tummy tuck?

istock 157585727Both adult men and women are often dealing with unwanted excess fat in the midsection. It is the most common spot on the body that can become troublesome for patients. Even with an increase in exercise and changes in diet, many patients are unable to achieve improved body contours on their own. Instead, patients who want to tighten and tone this section may have to undergo a plastic surgery procedure to make the changes they desire. Dr. Charlotte Ann Rhee of Huntington Station, NY encourages both men and women with excess stomach fat and skin to think about the benefits of treatments such as the tummy tuck.

What is a tummy tuck?

The tummy tuck, or “abdominoplasty,” is a surgical procedure that addresses not only excess fat but excess skin as well. Liposuction alone will only remove fat cells from the stomach, but if an extensive amount of fat is removed, patients will be left with excess skin as well. The tummy tuck incorporates both fat and skin removal in the midsection to address belly fat and flanks, often referred to as “muffin top.” A long incision is made underneath the underwear line and used for the removal of fat and skin, and the area is sutured when complete. Patients will have a scar, but this will remain hidden under clothing, even bathing suits, as an inconspicuous reminder of the procedure.

Why choose a tummy tuck over liposuction?

Liposuction is best used in smaller areas where fat needs to be removed. If utilized in an area where a significant amount of fat is removed, patients will have sagging skin remaining. The tummy tuck is used in the abdominal area because it addresses both problems with a single surgery.

Will I lose weight with a tummy tuck?

The tummy tuck is considered a body contouring procedure and not a weight loss solution, though some patients will experience a small amount of weight loss due to the removal of fat and skin. This is not the “end goal” of a tummy tuck, however, and most candidates for this procedure are those who are within their ideal weight range but want to target this specific area of the body.

Schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Charlotte Ann Rhee today

Call (631) 424-6707 to schedule a consultation visit with our board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon to discuss a tummy tuck or other body contouring treatments for yourself. The office is located at 257 East Jericho Turnpike and accepts new and existing patients.

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