If you’ve had children or lost a good deal of weight, odds are your abdomen isn’t what it once was. Loose skin and a little pooch — that’s the usual situation. Why? Because when skin and connective tissue beneath is stretched, due to pregnancy or weight gain, it can only maintain its ability to return to its former tautness for so long. After that, the elasticity is lessened. The result? The tummy pooch or worse.
But Dr. Frank can bring your abdomen back closer to its former self with a tummy tuck. There are a few options when it comes to Dr. Frank’s tummy tuck procedures.
Full tummy tuck
A full tummy tuck is recommended for those women with a good deal of loose abdominal skin. During a full tummy tuck, a larger section of excess skin and fat is removed, and the underlying muscles are often brought back to closer to the center to produce a shapelier waistline. A full tuck will also include a second incision, through the belly button if possible, to address looseness above the belly button. In a full tuck, the belly button may be repositioned to a higher location, depending on the amount of skin removed.
To create the tight, flat abdomen that everyone wants, Dr. Frank not only removes excess skin, but also may reposition muscles that have become separated in the center of the abdomen. It’s not that the muscles have lost their ability to contract, it’s that they may have separated and no longer provide the same support to the middle of the lower abdomen. Of course, every patient’s situation is unique.
There was a time when women chose between a tummy tuck and liposuction, but now the two procedures usually have at least some overlap. In addition to loose, saggy skin, most people also have pockets of fat that don’t respond to exercise or dietary changes. Liposuction removes these pockets.
Who says having a stomach pooch is a part of middle age? Let Dr. Frank tighten up your lower abdomen and give you back a stomach you like to show off in a swimsuit. Call us at (403) 245-1228 to schedule a consultation.