Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
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Tummy Tuck Procedure in Fargo, ND
Abdominoplasty, often called a tummy tuck, is a body contouring procedure that removes saggy, excess skin from the abdomen and tightens the abdominal muscles to give the stomach a flatter, firmer appearance. Simple genetics and the aging process can produce excess stomach fat that is resistant to diet and exercise and in other cases, pregnancy can stretch out the skin and weaken the abdominal muscles, causing the area to sag and droop. Significant weight gain or loss can also produce extra fat or skin that does not respond to exercise.
There are many varieties of Tummy Tucks. The Mini Tummy Tuck is a procedure designed for patients with a small amount of excess skin and fat that is isolated to the lower abdomen. The Full Tummy Tuck is designed to address extra skin and fat between the hip bones. When the excess skin and fullness extend beyond the hip bones an Extended Tummy Tuck may be needed to contour those areas. An Extended Tummy Tuck also helps to lift the outer thighs. For patients with excess tissue and fat of the abdomen, sides, and back, a Circumferential Tummy Tuck, or Lower Body Lift, may be needed to improve the contour of all of these areas. In addition to flattening the tummy, the Lower Body Lift lifts the outer thighs and lifts the buttocks. The extra tissue in the back can also be used to increase the projection of the buttocks. A technique that is known as gluteal auto-augmentation.
No matter what the reason for excess abdominal fat and skin laxity, it can be damaging to a patient’s self-esteem and ability to feel good about their appearance. Following a tummy tuck, patients can feel significantly more confident showing off their figures and wearing form-fitting clothing.
Though a tummy tuck procedure is able to give patients a more contoured look it is not a method for weight loss.