Genetics, weight fluctuations, and pregnancy can all result in unwanted fat and sagging skin throughout the stomach and midsection. If you struggle with loose skin and stubborn, exercise-resistant fat around your abdominal area, a tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, may be a highly satisfying procedure that can firm and tone your abdomen for a flatter stomach.
Tummy tuck surgery is a plastic surgery procedure that can accomplish a variety of tasks, but usually involves:
- Removing excess skin
- Tightening weakened or separated abdominal muscles
- Removing excess fat
Tummy tucks can be customized based on your individual needs and life circumstances. For example, although separated abdominal muscles are a common issue among some people who have undergone childbirth, not everyone who can benefit from a tummy tuck will necessarily need that part of the surgery to have great-looking results.
The least-invasive approach to cosmetic abdominal surgery is often referred to as a mini tummy tuck procedure. This procedure can remove loose skin and a little bit of excess fat from the lower abdomen, specifically exclusive to the area below the belly button. If you have a stubborn lower abdomen “pooch,” this might be a procedure for you.
The traditional tummy tuck surgical procedure involves an incision just above the pubic bone from hip to hip, through which the tissues of the skin and musculature can be accessed or removed. A full tummy tuck may also involve a repositioning of the belly button for a more natural-looking final appearance.
Tummy tuck procedures are most often performed under general anesthesia, but may also be performed under intravenous sedation. Together, you and Dr. Colony will decide which type of anesthesia is most appropriate for your goals.
Once the anesthesia has been administered, Dr. Colony will make the necessary incisions. Through the incision, excess fat will and skin will be removed, and muscles can be repaired as needed. Skin is tightened before the incision is closed to create a leaner, smoother abdominal area.
Following your surgery, you will need some downtime before you can return to work or resume your normal daily activities. Be sure to follow all of Dr. Colony’s post-surgical directions carefully for a safe recovery process.
Dr. Colony is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. If you are considering a tummy tuck in Michigan, you will be in good hands with Dr. Colony and his team at Michigan Plastic Surgery. At Michigan Plastic Surgery, the needs and goals of tummy tuck patients always come first, and Dr. Colony and all of his staff will work with you every step of the way to ensure a safe, comfortable process from start to finish.
Learn more about the options and affordability of cosmetic surgery procedures like abdominoplasty by contacting Michigan Plastic Surgery to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Lee H. Colony today. During your consultation, Dr. Colony will determine if you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck and walk through how your specific procedure can help you obtain a flatter abdomen for many years to come.
For more information on a tummy tuck in Michigan, contact Michigan Plastic Surgery today.