A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a procedure designed to improve the appearance of the midsection. By tightening the abdominal muscles if they are separated and removing a small amount of excess fatty tissue, your cosmetic surgeon can improve the abdominal contours before pulling the skin over the belly and trimming away any excess.
While a tummy tuck can greatly improve the appearance of your abdomen, potential tummy tuck candidates may be uncertain of just how great a difference a tummy tuck can make when it comes to achieving those ever-elusive washboard abs.
A Tummy Tuck Cannot Give You a Six-Pack
Although a tummy tuck can tighten your abdominal muscles and make you appear fitter, the procedure does not actually strengthen the muscles. It’s also important to remember that a traditional tummy tuck only removes a very small amount of fatty tissue. If you have more of a paunch to your belly, a tummy tuck on its own will not give you a flat stomach.
Liposuction to Treat Pesky Fat Bulges
Liposuction, on the other hand, is designed specifically for treating lingering fat bulges that don’t seem to respond to dieting or exercise. There are many opens in a new windowpopular target spots for liposuction, but one of the most common areas to treat is around the stomach. If you’d like to have washboard abs but your muscles are hidden underneath a stubborn gut, you might want to consider liposuction.
Combine Procedures for the Best of Both Worlds
The opens in a new windowbest tummy tuck surgeons know when to include liposuction with a tummy tuck and when you only need one procedure or the other. Or, you just might find that a tummy tuck plus liposuction provides you with the fab abs you hope for.
Dr. James Koehler at Eastern Shore Cosmetic Surgery provides today’s most popular cosmetic surgery and nonsurgical options. Choose from breast enhancement procedures such as breast augmentation, body sculpting procedures including liposuction and tummy tucks, and facial procedures such as facelifts, BOTOX® Cosmetic, and much more. We are dedicated to providing outstanding care and results. Come in for a visit and see our difference for yourself!