When it comes to weight loss and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, diet and exercise are critical. But unfortunately, even with regular exercise and a healthy, well-balanced diet, excess skin on the abdomen is a problem for many people. Though healthy living can help people lose weight and tighten muscles, they cannot tighten or reduce excess skin; in some cases, diet and exercise also have little to no effect on fatty areas of the abdomen either. Whether due to genetics, pregnancy, age, or weight fluctuation, it is not uncommon for people to struggle with loose skin and fat around their stomachs. Abdominoplasty, better known as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that is used to remove loose skin and fat from the abdomen to create a slimmer, smoother silhouette. Though it’s not the primary function of a tummy tuck, some patients also see a reduction in stretch marks following surgery.
Tummy tucks are typically performed under general anesthesia but may also be performed using intravenous sedation. An incision is made horizontally above the pubic area. The size of the incision varies depending on the amount of correction required. Through this incision, excess fat and skin are removed, muscles are repositioned and tightened, and the skin is pulled down to create a smoother, tighter appearance.
If you are considering a tummy tuck in Okemos or the surrounding area, call Michigan Plastic Surgery for more information and to schedule an initial consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lee H. Colony. During your consultation with Dr. Colony, you will have the opportunity to address your concerns and your desired expectations. Together, you and Dr. Colony will discuss your options and work toward making a decision that is right for you.
Contact Michigan Plastic Surgery to schedule your initial appointment for a tummy tuck in Okemos today.