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What is involved with tummy tuck?

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Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 45 years experience
Several things: Abdominoplasty is done to tighten the muscles of the abdomen, which have usually been stretched by pregnancy or massive weight gain, and to remove excess fat and skin from the abdominal wall. It is a big operation with a long incision just above the pubic hair that extends from hipbone to hipbone. You should make sure you are done having children before considering this operation.
Dr. Henry Mentz
Cosmetic Surgery 38 years experience
Tummy Tuck: Weight loss, pregnancy, genetics are all factors that can cause the tummy to develop loose, sagging skin. The Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) procedure can remove excess fat and and skin off your belly without diet or exercise.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Varies: Most have the skin and fat between the belly button and pubis all the way across the front of the abdomen removed then the 6 pack (rectus) muscles are tightened with stitches, the upper abdominal skin is stretched done to cover the entire abdomen while making a new opening for the belly button. thus, there is one long transverse scar along the lower abdomen and one around the belly button
Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Tummy Tucks: All types of tummy tucks get rid of loose skin between the belly button and pubic hairline. A "full" Tummy Tuck will also remove fat tissue and tighten the muscles in the abdomen. If you do not need muscle work, there is a procedure which is designed to only remove the loose skin (a dermolipectomy). Consider consulting with a board certified plastic surgeon who uses the Lockwood te

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