Tummy Tuck in Shreveport

A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a major surgical procedure in which excess skin and fat are removed from the lower abdomen and the muscles of the abdomen wall are tightened. This procedure can drastically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen. The procedure is particularly helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies have stretched their abdomen so far that it does not return to its normal shape. A tummy tuck is also helpful for those who have lost a significant amount of weight but still possess loose, sagging skin. Tummy tucks are often performed in conjunction with liposuction.

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Who Are the Best Candidates for Tummy Tuck?

The best candidates for abdominoplasty are men or women in good health and relatively good shape but are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that does not respond to diet or exercise. Those who are considering losing a significant amount of weight, or women still planning future pregnancies, may want to consider waiting before undergoing the tummy tuck procedure.

What Happens During the Procedure?

During the tummy tuck procedure, a horizontal incision is made just above the pubic area and excess skin and fat are removed from the abdomen. Skin is separated from the abdominal wall. The underlying muscles of the abdominal wall are then tightened. The abdominal skin is then drawn downward and the excess is removed.

What Are the Risks?

Some of the risks of tummy tucks include infection and blood clots. These can be treated easily and are rare. Tummy Tucks can improve abdominal appearance, however, the procedure has been known to leave scarring. Some scarring can be severe and may require a second operation.

Other Alternatives

There are other alternatives to the tummy tuck plastic surgery procedure. A mini tummy tuck can be performed, which only improves the appearance of the abdomen below the navel. During a mini tummy tuck, only a short horizontal incision is made and the skin is separated only between the incision line and the navel. Another alternative is undergoing liposuction in order to remove the abdominal fat. A liposuction procedure can also be performed in conjunction with a tummy tuck. Please consult with your plastic surgeon as to which procedure will best meet your needs.

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