Are sit-ups just not giving you the taut tummy you desire? If you've got a little too much flab or excess skin in your abdomen that won't diminish with diet or exercise, you may want to consider an abdominoplasty, popularly referred to as a "tummy tuck."
This procedure flattens your abdomen by removing extra fat and skin, and tightening muscles in your abdominal wall.
A tummy tuck can be a great procedure for women with stretch marks, but the procedure should not be used as an alternative to weight loss.
Who Are the Best Candidates For Abdominoplasty?
A tummy tuck is suitable for both men and women who are in good overall general health.
It should not be confused with a liposuction (procedure to remove fat deposits), although Dr. Breister Ghosh may elect to perform liposuction as part of a tummy tuck.
Women who have muscles and skin stretched by multiple pregnancies may find the procedure useful to tighten those muscles and reduce that skin. A tummy tuck is also an alternative for men or women who were severely overweight at one point in their lives, and still have excessive fat or loose skin in the abdominal area.
Who Should Not Consider an Abdominoplasty?
If you're a woman who is still planning to have children, then you may want to postpone a tummy tuck until you're through bearing children. Here's why: During surgery, your vertical muscles are tightened, and future pregnancies can separate these muscles.
Are you still planning to lose a lot of weight? If so, you do not want to consider a tummy tuck until you have come within 5-10 lbs. of your goal weight.
The procedure generally takes 1.5 to 3 hours.
You will receive general anesthesia, which will put you to sleep during the operation. It's important to have someone with you who can drive you home. If you live alone, you also will need someone to stay with you at least the first night after the surgery.
There are two options for a tummy tuck, complete abdominoplasty and partial or mini abdominoplasty. You and Dr. Breister Ghosh will discuss your desired results, and she will determine the appropriate procedure during your consultation.
Dr. Diana Breister Ghosh is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only plastic surgery board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. She is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the San Diego Plastic Surgery Society, and is an expert in plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery.
Her specialized services include breast augmentation (including silicone breast implants), breast lift (mastopexy), tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), brow lift, and face/neck lift.
Dr. Breister Ghosh is also recognized as an expert in state-of-the-art surgical body modification, body contouring and soft tissue sculpting following bariatric and major weight loss surgery. Additionally, she excels in performing specialized facial procedures that help restore skin and aid in reducing effects of aging without surgery, including laser facial resurfacing, Botox®, Restylane®, Perlane®, Juvederm™ and Artefill®.