Abdominoplasty — aka “Tummy Tuck” — Resolves Common Aesthetic Body Issues

Posted on August 28th, 2012 by Dr. Albert Carlotti

Scottsdale Cosmetic Surgery AbdominoplastyFor many women, having a flat, toned abdominal area is an important component of their overall appearance. Unfortunately, the stomach and abdomen are frequently very stubborn problems areas that simply refuse to become firmed or toned, no matter how much effort is put into exercise and healthy eating. In these cases, cosmetic surgery offers a solution: the abdominoplasty, colloquially known as a “tummy tuck.”

Last year, abdominoplasty was the third most common cosmetic surgical procedure in the United States (right after breast augmentation). According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, almost 150,000 abdominoplasties were performed nationwide in 2011. The procedure is popular because so many factors can cause a woman’s abdominal area to lose the muscle tone and firm skin that it had when she was younger.

Abdominoplasty can dramatically improve overall physical appearance, especially at those times when a woman wants to wear a stylish swimsuit or an outfit that reveals the midriff, and clothes often feel more comfortable and better-fitting. However, abdominoplasty is not a weight-reduction technique, and even if one were go to a surgeon willing to perform liposuction to remove fat deposits from the abdominal area, such a procedure would not fix the underlying cause of the abdomen’s appearance or address several related aesthetic issues.

The most common reason for a woman to want a tummy tuck is the aftereffects of pregnancy, although a large non-pregnancy weight gain can have the same stretching effects on the abdominal wall. Increased fullness of the abdomen over a period of time separates and weakens the abdominal muscles, a condition called diastasis. In the abdominoplasty procedure, these muscles, known medically as the rectus abdominus muscles, are drawn back together towards the abdomens’ midline to tighten them. Any excess skin is removed, eliminating unsightly loose folds and stretch marks. The remaining tissues are pulled downward and the incision is closed in a way that creates a moderate amount of tension.

If you’ve done everything you can to lose belly fat and tone your abdominal area, but you’re still dissatisfied with its appearance, come in for a consultation with the skilled cosmetic surgeons at the Carlotti Center for Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Albert Carlotti and Dr. Michelle Carlotti, the country’s only husband-wife cosmetic surgery team, can explain the abdominoplasty procedure in detail and answer any questions that you might have about it. Do yourself a favor and contact the Carlotti Center today at (480) 947-7700.

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