Abdominoplasty – commonly called "tummy tuck" – is the excision of excess skin and fat with simultaneous tightening of the abdominal muscles. What does that mean? It means that an abdominoplasty is much more involved than a simple "tummy tuck" for our Torrance and Long Beach patients. "Tummy tuck" is a simplistic term for a complex surgery. Abdominoplasty is the only true way to flatten the abdomen, remove excess skin, and tighten stretched abdominal muscles.
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The Benefits of a Tummy Tuck
Through abdominoplasty, women and men can achieve a slim, tightened look that no amount of dieting or exercise would be able to create. Once loose skin and muscle is created in the abdominal area, it is almost impossible to reduce this excess tissue without surgical intervention.
Many people come to our office in Torrance for liposuction thinking it will flatten their abdomen. Little do they know that actual fat deposits play only a small part in their actual appearance. The real problem lies in excess skin and loose muscles. Over time, after childbirth especially, the abdominal muscles lose their tension, and gravity pulls them down. The stress of the abdominal muscles against the skin causes it to stretch, giving the appearance of a "gut." As you can see, liposuction alone could not correct the problem because it only removes fat. Our surgeons instead need to remove the excess skin and tighten the muscles. Only this can give a flat stomach and give the patient the desired result.
Long Beach Tummy Tuck after Massive Weight Loss
The tummy is a problem area for a majority of people. Slow to relinquish extra pounds, stubborn to respond to exercise, the abdominal area likes to hold on to extra weight as long as possible. If you have reached a healthy weight for yourself and still have problems with a poochy or flabby tummy, post weight loss plastic surgery could be the answer for you. At South Bay Plastic Surgery in Torrance, a tummy tuck can remove isolated extra skin from just the abdominal region, or it can include a circumferential body lift where excess skin and tissue is removed all the way around the middle section. Circumferential body lifts are more common for people who have lost a massive amount of weight especially after gastric bypass surgery. In these cases, belly buttons are often repositioned or recreated as well.