Abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a tummy tuck, is often thought of as a catch-all body contouring procedure that’ll work for just about anyone with a belly paunch. Actually, though, there are three candidates who are most likely to see the best results from a tummy tuck.
1. Men or Women after Weight Loss
Losing a lot of weight is a huge achievement that should definitely be celebrated. Sometimes it’s hard to feel celebratory, though, if you’re left with a lot of loose skin behind even after you’ve reached your hard-won goal. If you’ve recently undergone significant weight loss, a tummy tuck can remove the excess skin and fatty tissue that diet and exercise can’t touch.
2. Women after Pregnancy
A woman’s abdomen is designed to stretch like crazy in order to accommodate her rapidly growing belly during pregnancy, and then snap right back to its former self after giving birth. Unfortunately—as many women can attest to—this is far from reality for most. Not only can a tummy tuck remove stretched-out skin and the resulting stretch marks, but your surgeon can also repair separated abdominals so your sit-ups can finally start doing some good again.
3. Men or Women with Excess Skin or Separated Muscles
There are a lot of changes that show up in your body with age, and not all of them are welcome. One of these is the dreaded middle-age paunch. Caused by a combination of hormonal fluctuations that make your body store fat in weird new places and a decline in your skin’s natural elasticity and firmness, the belly can take on an unmistakably saggy look. A tummy tuck helps tighten your midsection so you can flaunt a bikini well into your old age.
Dr. Ditesheim is a plastic surgeon in Charlotte, North Carolina who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. To become board certified, a physician must complete a minimum of 5 years of surgical residency training, including at least 2 years of training specifically in plastic surgery, as well as pass rigorous written and oral examinations.
In addition, Dr. Ditesheim is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, an honor reserved for surgeons who have demonstrated highest professional standards for competency, ethical conduct, and training.