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Men and women who are unhappy with the contour of their abdomen often consider a tummy tuck to restore a more attractive shape. Often, people become frustrated when they cannot achieve the toned abdominal appearance they desire through diet and exercise. Genetics, lifestyle, and natural aging can result in abdominal laxity and excess skin. Dr. Lickstein performs tummy tuck surgery on patients to restore the natural, attractive contours of their abdomen.

Who Can Benefit From a Tummy Tuck?

Post Pregnancy

Following pregnancy, women are likely to develop a round abdominal appearance, which can be caused by a protrusion of the abdominal muscles. Frequently, women cannot improve their abdominal shape because they suffer from diastasis recti, which is abdominal muscle separation caused by stretching of weak muscle fibers. If you are dissatisfied with your lack of abdominal definition following pregnancy and you yield little results from exercise, a tummy tuck may be right for you. The procedure involves internal suturing of the muscles to tighten them and restore muscle tone.

Following Weight Loss

Weight loss can significantly alter the look of your abdomen, and typically not in the ways you desire. Weight-loss patients often have folds of excess skin that mask the firm abdominal definition that results from their weight loss and muscle toning. These redundant areas of skin can be frustrating and defeating to some people, especially those who have worked hard to lose weight in the first place. Tummy tuck surgery can be tailored to meet the special needs of weight-loss patients so they can achieve a slim and firm abdomen.

Aging Related Laxity

The natural aging process can cause skin and muscles to become weak over time. In some patients, there is little that can be done to prevent this laxity from developing. As the abdominal tissues sag, the stomach protrudes and unwanted skin accumulates around the lower abdomen and hips. Many men and women feel that this lack of definition can age their appearance. A tummy tuck smooths and tightens your abdominal contours to reverse the clock and produce a more youthful physique.

Tummy Tuck Procedure

Preparing

You will undergo a thorough consultation prior to your tummy tuck surgery, during which you will discuss your expectations, preferences, and medical history to help develop a customized treatment plan. You should quit smoking six weeks prior to your surgery and shouldn’t take blood thinning medication for two weeks before your procedure. Stay hydrated and eat a healthy diet leading up to your surgery to provide your body with the essential nutrients needed for healing.

Incisions

Dr. Lickstein performs high lateral tension tummy tucks that use thin, discreetly placed incisions. A lower abdominal incision, slightly above the pubic region, is placed from hip to hip, which can be easily concealed using clothing. A secondary incision is created around the navel. Both incisions are placed to provide the best access to the underlying abdominal structures while minimizing scar visibility. In some cases, there is no scar around the belly button.

Shaping Process

To create the new shape of the abdomen, the excess skin is separated from the abdominal muscle wall. An internal corset technique sutures the abdominal muscles together to tighten the patient’s core. Excess skin is excised from around the lower abdomen. The remaining tissue is draped over the new contours of the abdomen, and the navel is repositioned to ensure a natural appearance. Temporary tubes are placed to drain fluids, and your incisions are closed.

Liposuction

Liposuction can be added to any tummy tuck procedure to enhance abdominal definition. It can be utilized across the abdomen and around the hips to craft more attractive curves. Liposuction gently eliminates excess fat that may cause a flabby stomach appearance. Liposuction only removes stubborn deposits of fat and should not be considered a weight-loss tool.

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