Do I need a Tummy Tuck?
For some tummy tuck patients, genetics play a large role in determining their adult body shape and size.
As we age we begin to see our body change from its once well-proportioned contour to a not so flattering bulge around the waist, abdomen, hips, and thighs as we succumb to our family genetics, make poor lifestyle choices, and our ability to metabolize food begins to slow down.
Women with weak abdominal muscles from pregnancy or loose skin that no longer responds to diet and exercise suddenly find the abdomen to be a problem area. Excess skin and fat deposits around the waist begin to appear with every passing year resulting in a body shape that resembles a bell.
While exercise may tone the abdomen, it will not get rid of excess skin and fat. Men begin to see the appearance of fat deposits as they age, the so-called “spare tire” around the waist and abdomen.
Gravity begins to pull weakened abdominal muscles and excess fat deposits down resulting in fat and excess skin hanging over the waistline.
Women and men who have experienced massive weight loss from dieting or surgery may find that sagging excess skin creates layers of skin that make it difficult to function normally.
Looking in the mirror becomes a challenge.
Chaffing, irritation and hygiene become major issues when dealing with excess skin. Depression and low self-esteem begin to take hold as they wrestle with the way they look and how others look at them.
The fact is that no amount of dieting or exercise will remove excess skin. The only option is surgery.
The plastic surgery option for skin and fat removal and tightening the abdominal muscles is called a “tummy tuck” or Abdominoplasty procedure.
To find out more about the latest tummy tuck techniques, perfected by board certified plastic surgeons, visit The Austin-Weston Center for Cosmetic Surgery, serving patients in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC.